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Man who looked after ‘Tinker’s Trust’ retires after 50 years
Wednesday 30th November 2016 @ 09:37 by Adam Higgins
Community Glossop Chronicle News

A Glossop man who helped distribute part of a former pedlar’s fortune has retired after 50 years in the ‘job’.

Colin Driver has stood down as a member of the Joseph Hague Trust …..which began way back in the late 1700s!

This week he was praised for his part in giving Joseph’s bequest to his home town of Glossop a more modern approach.

Trust chairperson Linda Tamplin said: “In his will, Joseph Hague left money to clothe 12 poor men and 12 poor women of Glossop and a further sum of money was left in trust to provide a guinea to the vicar of Glossop for an annual sermon to be preached and five shillings to the clerk for his grave to be cleaned annually.”

She added: “The ethos of the Trust lives on today. Over the years, the Trust has provided grants and support to many families in the local area and we plan to continue the work of Joseph Hague into the distant future.

“We now have nine members each representing the Church Parishes in the Ancient Parish of Glossop.

“We meet three times a year. In July we share a meal and look at the finances of the trust.

“At the beginning of October we meet to distribute small grants to those members of our churches who are embarking on higher education and at the end of October we join together at one of our churches to worship and remember the work of Joseph Hague inviting the vicar of the church to join us for lunch following the service.”

Linda went on: “During his time as a trustee, Colin has seen many changes to the way the trust operates.

“When he joined the trust, there were only three trustees, all very elderly. Colin, being a forward thinking man, soon realised that for the trust to survive they needed to increase the number of trustees – gradually the trust membership has grown and still fulfils the requirement of Joseph’s will.

“During his time as a trustee Colin has seen 16 new trustees appointed, the first female trustee was appointed in 1993.

“We now have five men and four women. Colin was appointed chairman in 1998 and served five years in this capacity.”

Joseph Hague was a local lad, born to a hill farmer in 1695 and was one of many children.

He decided to try and supplement his family income by trading in small items such as ribbon and yarn, walking for miles between the farms selling his wares.

His business grew and he moved to London where he lived with his wife and 12 children – sadly all his children died in their childhood.

Joseph soon became a very wealthy man trading in cloth throughout the country.

He returned to Derbyshire, setting up home in Park Hall in Hayfield. Joseph never forgot his roots and decided to help the youth of Glossop by building the Whitfield Charity School on Hague Street.

The school and bequest means Joseph’s name lives on and that long after his death in 1786 at the age of 90, local people are still benefiting from his generosity.

Colin retired at the recent ‘Sermon Service’ at Hayfield Church which was led by Rev Brian Harris, with Colin preaching the sermon on Joseph Hague. It was followed by lunch at the George Hotel in Hayfield where Linda presented Colin with a bottle of whiskey, flowers for his wife Joyce and tokens for a weekend break.


By David Jones