About this image
Jedediah Buxton was the son of William Buxton a farmer and also the schoolmaster at Elmton. He rose to prominence, although illiterate, because of his prodigious mental skills in arithmetic, being acknowledged by the Royal Society in 1754.
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.