Frederick Channer Corfield 1 2
- Born: 1 Mar 1849, St. Pancras, London (Camden Town)
- Christened: 6 Apr 1849, Old Church, St Pancras, London, England. 3
- Marriage: Agnes Rebecca Augusta Alleyne on 7 Sep 1880 in Hazelwood, Derbyshire, England. 1
- Died: 4 Dec 1904, Ormonde Field, Codnor, Derbyshire, England aged 55
- Buried: St James, Cardington by the west door. 4
Born at Camden Town, London and baptised by his father in St Pancras Old Church.
His early childhood was spent in Templecrone in Ireland.
From his youth Frederick was obsessed with family history and his is the single most important contribution to our knowledge of Corfield genealogy. He is reported to have started work during his school holidays collecting family andecdotes and items connected to the family. This must have been done while he was still in Ireland.
When the family returned to England, Frederick, aged 17, was employed by the Butterley Mining Company owned by the Wrights and also by Sir John Gay Newton Alleyne, a civil engineer.
Soon afterwards he went to Durham University where he studied mining, obtaining a degree there. When he was 23 he drew up a family tree.
In 1874, when he was 25, he bought land in Shropshire, gaining the title of "Lord of the Manor of Longville"
On 19th June 1880, Frederick, now a mining engineer, left Heanor to live at Waingroves Hall in nearby Codnor.
On 22nd December 1884 he moved to Butterley Cox in Ripley. On 23rd February 1889 he bought Ormonde Field, Codnor and moved there 21st December.
He was now a J.P. and Lieutenant commanding Butterley Detachment , 1st Volunteer Batallion, Derbyshire Regiment, (Sherwood Foresters).
In November 1889, Frederick, now manager of the Butterley Colliery was recorded as the outgoing Worshipful Master of the Okeover Lodge. In October 1890 he was reported in a local newspaper as being re-elected Chaiman of the Ripley Conservative Association for the tenth time and in December 1890 he founded the Codnor, Loscoe & Waingroves Conservative Association and it was this year that he drew up an enormous pedigree of the family which is surprisingly accurate.
On 25th April 1891, Major F.C. Corfield was gazetted as Hon Lieut-Colonel effective on 29th April.
In 1893 there was a strike at the Butterley Colliery with miners demanding a 40% pay increase. On 30th October there were serious disturbances when they tried to re-open the pit to strike breakers taking a 15% pay increase. This ended with Frederick and his wife fleeing from the mine back to Ormonde Field where his wife gathered the servants and children in one wing of the house while Frederick from the top of the building threatened to shoot anyone attacking the house. The strike fizzled out when the government put pressure on the coal barons to compromise with the strikers.
In December 1894 Frederick was elected Conservative councillor in the Parish Council Elections.
On 24th April 1895 he was confirmed as Lieut-Colonel.
In March 1898 he was elected county councillor for Codnor.
Frederick's great ambition was to aquire Chatwall Hall and he succeded in this on 10th June 1899, purchasing Chatwall hall, Chatwall Hall farm, Lower Chatwall farm and Lea Hills farm. He moved into the Hall soon after purchasing the estate. Later Frederick bought Broome farm, historically part of the Chatwall estate.
He had the Corfields recorded in Burke's Landed Gentry.
On his death he left an estate valued at £18,579.
Remembered on plaque in St James Church, Cardington, Salop
Events in his life were:
• Census: Mining engineer, 3 Apr 1881, Waingroves, Pentrich, Derbyshire, England. 5
• Census: Head. Aged 42. J.P., Mining engineer. Col Vol. Landowner, 5 Apr 1891, Ormonde Fields, Codnor, Derbyshire, England. 6
• Census, 31 Mar 1901, Ormonde Fields, Codnor, Derbyshire, England. 7
Frederick married Agnes Rebecca Augusta Alleyne, daughter of John Gay Newton Alleyne and Augusta Isabella Fitzherbert, on 7 Sep 1880 in Hazelwood, Derbyshire, England..1 (Agnes Rebecca Augusta Alleyne was born on 8 Jun 1855 in Pentrich, Derbyshire, England, christened on 1 Aug 1855 in Ripley, died on 6 Apr 1941 in Chatwall, Leebotswood, Shropshire, England. 8 and was buried in St James, Cardington.)
This was a joint wedding with Agnes's sister Judith.
CORFIELD - ALLEYNE - JESSOP - ALLEYNE
On the 7th Inst. at Hazelwood Church, Derbyshire, by the father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. J.H. Jenkins, vicar of the parish, Frederick Channer, eldest son of the REv. Frederick Corfield