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Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries .
Nottinghamshire Guardian (London, England), Thursday, July 22, 1858; pg. 8; Issue 644. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
At Greasley Castle on the 11th instant aged 66 Mr Thomas Grammer.

Local News .
Nottinghamshire Guardian (London, England), Thursday, October 21, 1858; pg. 5; Issue 657. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

Greasley - The ninth annual meeting of the Greasley and Selston Agricultural Society was held at Moor Green, on Tuesday 12th October, in a field well adapted for the purpose , and kindly lent by Mr Coxon for the occasion as also the field in which the plough teams competed for the various prizes. Mr Fisher of Newstead and Mr William Lamin of Bestwood Park, were kind enough to accept the office of judges in all departments, and their awards appeared to give universal satisfaction; and their gratuitous services and also those of the secretary Mr Samuel T Jackson of Watnall, were warmly acknowledged by the meeting.  After the horses engaged in the operation had finished their work, they were brought into the yard, when their appearance excited general admiration and it was admitted that they were not unworthy to take their stand at any agricultural show in England.  The entries of cattle, sheep, young horses and pigs were numerous, and in each class some very first rate stock was exhibited.  The members present (about 80) afterwards sat down to a very good dinner provided by Mr Haynes of the Horse and Groom Inn.  Mr Fox agent to Lord and Lady Palmerston, the leading partons of the association, took the chair, and with his usual ability conducted the business of the evening, and gave the toasts customary on such occasions during the intervals in which the prizes were paid, and ten gentlemen were enrolled as additional members of the society.  The general tone of the speeches made during the evening seemed to imply an opinion that this agricultural club had an unusually vigorous growth and that its main object - the creation of a spirit of emulation amongst its members, by an introduction of improved breed in all classes, had to a very considerable extent been answered and been productive of much individual advantage.  Some gentlemen seemed sanguine  that this local society, by impartial management and continued exertions in the path of spirited and neighbourly competition, might reasonably be expected to expand and grow at no distant day into one of much greater importance. The following Greasley people had prizes awarded to them :-

Class 6 Best in Calf Cow Mr S T Jackson of Watnall commended (did not win)
Class 20 Best Boar prize 10s to Me G Allcock of Watnall
Class 21 Best Breeding Sow 1st prize 10s Mr Chambers Watnall 2nd 5s Mr Haynes Moor Green (three entries)
Class 22 Best Gilt Sow 2nd 5s Mr Haynes Moor Green (three entries)
Class 23 Best Fat Pig 1st prize 10s Mr J C Grammer Greasley Castle 2nd 5s Mr J C Grammer (two entries)
Class 24 Best Pair of Horses Adapted for Agricultural Purposes that have been ploughed at the match 3rd 5s Mr John Houghton, Watnall (six entries)
Class 30 Best Crop of Swedish Turnips four acres and upwards contiguous 2nd 10s Mr F R Grammer Watnall (five entries)
Some of the above won other prizes on the day, please refer to newspaper article.


Nottinghamshire Guardian (London, England), Thursday, January 29, 1857; pg. 7; Issue 567
Greasley: Wheat Robbery
John Duffin was committed to the sessions for stealing 47 stone of wheat, the property of Mr Thomas Grammer of Greasley Castle.  The prisoner was met by a policeman with a bag containing some wheat, and his replies to the policeman's interrogation not being satisfactory the wheat was detained, and on a search at his lodgings, a further quantity was found.  The question of his guilt turned on the identification of the wheat which Mr Grammer was positive was part of some wheat which had lately been stolen from his barn.

Grooby brothers of Greasley

William and George Grooby were brothers born at  Greasley in the County of Nottingham; the eldest is 23 and the younger appears to be not more than 21; their father is now living but at sometime had the misfortune to lose an arm.  His two unfortunate sons were put as apprentices to Framework Knitters; but as they grew up; so they grew headstrong, despising the advice of their parents and idling away that time which ought to have been employed in useful industry. The consequence of this was what might have been expected; as following bad women and keeping loose and disorderly company, soon habituated them to vice, and hurried them from one crime to another until they became so hardened in wicked curses that they were a terror to the neighbourhood where they resided, therefore their being apprehended, and afterwards convicted, appears to have given satisfaction ; this accounts in some measure for their having no friends for their lives to be spared, and ought to be a warning to others, since it is to be observed here, that characters once lost are hard to be regained. In the year 1783 we find William Grooby in our Gaol  and under the fictitious name of William Rowben, he was at that time supposed to be a Jew and his appearance contributed not a little to the opinion in shirt, his whole form and behaviour at that time seemed to mark him an Israelite, and happy would it have been for him had he been such a one as our Savior describes in the New Testament. But to leave this digression he was tried at the assizes which followed, for being concerned  with two other persons in breaking open a warehouse of Mr Wright’s of Nottingham and taking thereout  notes etc to a considerable amount .


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Wilfred Dolby Fuller VC (28 July 1893 – 22 November 1947), was a non-commissioned officer in the British Army, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award of the British Commonwealth for gallantry "in the face of the enemy", during the First World War.

Fuller was born in East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire and  lived in Greasley before settling in Mansfield. When he was 21 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army during the First World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his acts on 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France:

Lance-Corporal Fuller saw a party of the enemy trying to escape along a communication trench. He ran towards them and killed the leading man with a bomb; the remainder (nearly 50) seeing no means of evading his bombs, all surrendered to him. Lance-Corporal Fuller was quite alone at the time.

He received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 4 June 1915. In September of the same year, at the express wish of the Tsar of Russia, he was also decorated by the King at Sheffield with the Russian Order of St George.

Post war

In March 1916 he married Helena Mat Wheeler, a nurse at the Hammersmith Hospital from Somerset. Later the same year Corporal Fuller was discharged from the Army on medical grounds and towards the end of the year joined the Somerset Constabulary. He served at Milverton, Ilminster,Clevedon, Nunney and finally Frome where he performed his duties from Rodden Road police station. He retired from the police service on medical grounds in 1939 and took up residence in Frome. Wilfred and Helena had two daughters and a later adopted a son. He died aged 54 and lies buried at Christ Church, Frome, Somerset.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Guards Museum), London, England.

Place of birth Greasley, Nottinghamshire
Place of death Frome, Somerset
Resting place Christchurch Churchyard, Frome
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Corporal
Unit Grenadier Guards
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Somerset Constabulary

Brief profile of Mordecai Sherwin
by Don Ambrose see


SHERWIN, Mordecai.
Born at Greasley, Nottinghamshire, 26th February 1851.
Died at Nottingham, 3rd July 1910.
A wicket-keeper, he played his early cricket for Basford Park C.C. and was given his first chance by Nottinghamshire in 1876. He was to play in 328 first-class matches, 206 of them for Nottinghamshire and three of them being Test Matches. He toured Australia in 1886/7 and was captain of Nottinghamshire in 1887 and 1888. He was a useful footballer and played in goal for Notts County. He stood as a first-class umpire 1896-1901 and took one Test Match in 1899. He was a publican at a number of public houses in the Nottingham area, including, The Red Inn Basford 1881, The Belvoir Inn Nottingham 1885, The Meadow Inn Arkwright St 1891 and The Alexander Hotel Carrington Street 1892. He died at his residence, The Craven Arms, Woodborough Road, Nottingham.
In the 1881 Census he was at the Red Lion, Alfreton Road, Basford, Nottingham, aged 30, a licensed victualler, with his wife Emma, aged 29. They had six children, Mary A. aged 10, William aged 9, Emma E. aged 7, Ellen aged 5, Mordecai aged 3, and Frederick aged 1. His mother-in-law Bridget Severn, aged 50 born Ireland, was also staying and there was one general servant.

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Mordecai Sherwin
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling type Right-arm fast

Tests First-class
Matches 3 328
Runs scored 30 2,332
Batting average 15.00 7.59
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 21* 37
Balls bowled 0 270
Wickets 0 8
Bowling average n/a 13.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a 2/7
Catches/stumpings 5/2 611/225

Test debut: 28 January 1887
Last Test: 17 July 1888
Source: [1]

Mordecai Sherwin (born 26 February 1851 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England; died 3 July 1910 in Nottingham, England) was a professional footballer and cricketer who played in goal for Notts County and as a wicket-keeper for Nottinghamshire between 1878 and 1896.

As a footballer, Sherwin played in goal for County during the 1870s and early 1880s and was, according to the sportswriter "Tityrus" (the pseudonym of J.A.H. Catton, editor of the Athletic News), the idol of the crowd despite his unpromising physique:

"Although only 5ft. 9ins, and bordering on 17 stone, he was a kind of forerunner to the mighty Foulke... very nimble, as quick a custodian as he was a wicket-keeper. In one match, when the Blackburn Rovers were playing at the Trent Bridge ground, that sturdy and skillful outside right, Joseph Morris Lofthouse, thought he would have a tilt with Sherwin.
"He charged him, and rebounded. Sherwin said: "Young man, you'll hurt yourself if you do that again." Undeterred, Lofthouse returned to the attack, but Sherwin stepped aside with the alacrity of a dancer, and the Lancashire lad found out how hard was the goalpost and how sharp its edge.
"Sherwin was a wonder. It was the custom in those days for teams to entertain each other to dinner after a match... At one banquet Sherwin "obliged" with Oh, dem golden slippers, and surprised the gathering with a jig and a somersault. At seventeen stones!"

As a cricketer, Sherwin captained Nottinghamshire in 1887 and 1888. He also played three Test matches for England on the tour to Australia in 1886/7. He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1891.

After he retired as a cricketer, he umpired until 1901, and even stood in one Test in 1899. By trade, Sherwin was a publican. Sherwin had a wife, Emma, and at least six children, Mary, William, Emma, Ellen, Mordecai and Frederick.

The name of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, is said to have been inspired partially by Sherwin, and partially by Frank Shacklock.