From the Derby Mercury, 14th November 1811:
On Wednesday the 6th inst. Dominique Ducasse, Captain and Aid-de-Camp to Gen. Dufour, Tugdual Antoine Kerenor, Lieutenant, and Julien Deslories, Ensign, three French prisoners of war at Chesterfield, were conducted from the house of correction there, by a military escort, on their way to Norman Cross Prison, for having broken their parole of honor. The two former were apprehended at the Peacock Inn, (along with George Lawton, of Sheffield, cutler,) about 10 o’clock on Saturday night, the 26th ult. by the vigilance of Mr. Hopkinson, the landlord, who much to his credit, refused to furnish a post-chaise to carry them to Derby, and dispatched a messenger to the Commissary at Chesterfield, detaining them until the return of the messenger; the next day they were conveyed back to Chesterfield, and Lawton is now in our county gaol to take his trial for assisting in the escape.
D5459/1/5 French Prisoners, George M. Woodward, 1783
The same escort took another prisoner (Monsieur Bernier, an Ensign) from Newark, where he was recaptured, on the information of the Waiter, at the Saracen’s Head Inn, having also escaped from Chesterfield; and the Transport Board have ordered 15 guineas to be paid for the recapture of these three prisoners.
In short, that Board have since, in consequence of the great number of escapes of French prisoners of war on parole in this kingdom, ordered that in future, the following rewards shall be paid, for recaptures, viz., 10 guineas for every commissioned officer, 5 guineas for every non-commissioned officer, and 20 guineas for every British subject convicted of assisting such prisoners to escape.
And we are sorry to find, that this Government have lately been under the necessity of ordering the French aspirants and midshipmen on parole in this country, into close confinement in consequence of the French Government having sent the English midshipmen on parole in France, to prison, and their not releasing them though remonstrated with, by our Government; this conduct of the French Ruler, in the present situation of affairs, is too obvious to need comment.
There will be more about Napoleonic prisoners of war on the blog next Thursday.
Miss Ellis respectfully takes the liberty of informing the public, that she has selected a fashionable and elegant assortment of images from the Derbyshire Record Office collection, which are now ready for inspection.
D5459/2/26 Fashion, George M. Woodward & Thomas Rowlandson, 1801
Female Fashions for November, Derby Mercury, 7 November 1811
D5459/2/33/1 A Man of Fashion’s Journal, George M. Woodward & Thomas Rowlandson, 1802
D258/50/103 Personal letter from William Gell to Madame Polier de Vernand nee Mary Nicholas, 1814
D3580/C/128 Letter from Elizabeth Longsdon to her son John Longsdon, 21 October 1810
D5459/1/86/5 [Two women, one in a ball gown], George M. Woodward, 
Advertisements, Derby Mercury, 23 May 1811
D307/G/1 How To Wash Printed Dresses, [early 19th cent]
From the Derby Mercury, 12th November 1823:
On Friday evening last a very numerous and respectable assemblage of the inhabitants of Wirksworth were highly amused by the ascent of a fire balloon of extraordinary dimensions, the property of Mr. James. It ascended from the bottom of the hill called Oakcliffe, and took a southerly direction over Ireton and Kedleston, and is supposed to have travelled at least 12 or 14 miles. The inflation commenced about a quarter past 8 o’clock, and at nine the balloon was deemed sufficiently distended; the light was then attached to the bottom, and it ascended very majestically amidst the reiterated shouts of the assembled multitude. From its amazing magnitude (being about 6 yards in height) it was visible for the space of nearly 20 minutes. The crowd of spectators was immense, and the company retired highly delighted. We are happy to add that no accident occurred on the occasion.
D5459/1/28/11 [A Balloon], George M. Woodward, [1783-1786]
Miss Ellis presents several drawings by the much admir’d Mr George M. Woodward, to which are added further theatrical diversions from the collections of Derbyshire Record Office.
D5459/1/56 Sidonian Visages: or the working up of the Passions, George M. Woodward [1780s]
D5459/1/34/2 Mrs Siddons as Lady Macbeth, George M. Woodward, 1787
D5913/1 Wirksworth playbill, 1801
D258/7/5/31 (pt1) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays, [c.1800s]
D258/7/5/31 (pt2) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays, [c.1800s]
D258/7/5/30 Tideswell playbill, 1807
D5459/1/34/23 Mr Lewis in the character of Mercutio, George M. Woodward, 1787
D24 Z/Z 15 Chesterfield playbill, 1804
In November Derbyshire Record Office will be taking part in the very first Explore Your Archive week. The campaign, led by The National Archives and The Archives and Records Association, is designed to raise awareness of archives and their value to society.
From 16th to 23rd November we will be hosting a series of exciting events and activities which will inspire people to explore the archives held at the Record Office.
Join us for our week of Regency themed events, be amazed at what you can uncover and be inspired to find out more…….
Exhibition – Turnpikes, Tolls & Terror?: travelling through Regency Derbyshire. An exhibition showcasing original 18th and 19th century records telling tales of turnpikes and highwaymen.
29th October – 4th December
Foyer, Derbyshire Record Office
Writers’ workshop: Writing in the Regency: join author Ann Featherstone in this workshop for budding historic novelists
Saturday 16th November 9.30am-12.30pm
£5, booking required
Story Box event – Love, War and Ladies’ Maids: take part in our archive tombola! Go behind the scenes to collect your mystery document from our stores and help us uncover the hidden stories in our collections inspired by the novels Pride and Prejudice and Sharpe
Friday 22nd November 2pm-4.30pm
FREE, booking required
Family poetry workshop: create your own illustrated poems in the style of the romantic poets
Saturday 23rd November 10am-12pm
FREE, drop in event
To book a place at one of our events call us on 01629 538347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!