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Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart. was both a politician and a poet.
In Ravenstone's parish church is a monument put up by him in memory of his family who had an estate there.
Text taken from Anonymous, "An Account of Sir Joseph Mawbey" European Magazine 11 (March 1787):
"Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart. is descended from a family in the county of Norfolk, which in the civil wars in the last century possessed considerable property and influence, both which were greatly diminished by the violence of the times. The father of Sir Joseph was born at Rannston (now called Ravenstone), in the counties of Leicester and Derby, where he had an estate.
At the general election in 1761 Mawbey was chosen Member of Parliament for the borough of Southwark.
In August 1760, he married Lady Elizabeth, only surviving daughter of his first-cousin, Richard Pratt, Esq. of Vauxhall, in the county of Surrey, who, on the death of her brother Joseph Pratt, Esq. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1766, became heir to his estate and fortune. By this lady Sir Joseph had nine children."
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.