Month: June 2021

Barlborough and the Rodes family

We’re heading to Barlborough for this brief review of the Rodes family in the parish and a couple of distinctive indicators of their influence. The Rodes family were influential in the north eastern part of Derbyshire, in particular in the Barlborough area. Our Derbyshire Victoria County History (VCH) Volume III charts their involvement. The holders …

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County bridges in the spotlight

The subject of county bridges may not sound over-exciting – but they formed a very important part of the county’s transportation infrastructure – and many still do. A recent publication by Philip Riden (who is also our VCH county editor) – ‘Derbyshire county bridges 1530-1889’- published by the Derbyshire Record Society, puts them in the …

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Chesterfield’s missing tribute to its famous adopted son

Next time you’re on Corporation Street, look up at the Stephenson Memorial Hall and you should notice the empty niche – still awaiting a statue of George Stephenson. From the start it the building was designed as a memorial to the great railway engineer George Stephenson. Our blog and post of 6 June mentioned Violet …

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How to get involved

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Derbyshire VCH Trust, you are very welcome to join us. We are currently concentrating our research on the Chesterfield area, having undertaken research, which has been published, on Bolsover and adjoining parishes – https://derbyshirevch.org/our-publications/ Part of the work we do involves making our research more …

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Violet Markham’s perhaps surprising views on her home town

Thanks to social media, websites and the like Violet Markham (1872 – 1959) is probably better known than she has been for a number of years. Her autobiography ‘Return Passage’ was published in 1953, and is generally well-known, but this blog highlights just a little of what was left out of that autobiography. Violet is …

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