I am a direct descendent of Joseph and Julia Topham. Joseph was born in Pentrich in 1797 and took part in the Pentrich Revolution of 1817, subsequently being charged with high treason at the Derby Assizes (along with many others) He is listed as 'Charged but not sentenced' There is a full description of the revolution at www.pentrich.org.uk Joseph and Julia were married at Pentrich in 1821, and moved to Radford soon after. He worked on the development of the Levers lace machines, and by the 1830s owned a factory in Peel St. Nottingham. The factory was sold about 1850 and the machines were moved to Calais, where the family built a large lace factory and became one of the leading manufacturers in Calais. The family continued in the lace business in Nottingham until the 1920s, after which the lace industry steadily declined, my own family continuing to live in Nottingham, my own father dying in 1965. The following is a definitive history of the Nottingham lace industry: Nottingham Lace 1760s - 1950s by Sheila A. Mason (ISBN 0 9524500 0 3). The Tophams and Fletchers were extensive families in Pentrich and the surrounding villages, being recorded back to the mid 1600s.
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