Nottingham Famous Graves- Daft Smith Churchill

by Joe Earp


He was a hosiery manufacturer in the 1830’s in Nottingham, residing at High Pavement

He was also a Director of the Nottingham General Cemetery.

Unfortunately his death became more famous than the man himself. He drowned whilst sailing on the SS Forfarshire, made famous by Grace Darling. Sadly he was not one of the nine survivors rescued by Grace Darling.

After his demise his fellow Directors erected a monolith to him in the General Cemetery, this was about 1838 or 1839.

In J Holland Walker’s ‘An itinerary of Nottingham: The Ropewalk and Derby Road’ (1928), Walker briefly mentions Daft Smith Churchill:

‘There is a great obelisk to the memory of Daft Smith Churchill who was drowned in the wreck of the “Forfarshire” off the Farne Islands in 1838 in spite of Grace Darling’s heroic efforts to save him’.


About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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