Month: October 2021

The Midland Fruit Preserving Co., Chesterfield

Last week we took a look at jam and preserve production in Bolsover – this week it’s Chesterfield’s turn, with the Midland Fruit Preserving Co., Avenue Road, off Sheffield Road.* Brief history The business was established in 1893 by Ernest Shentall, Mr A and Mr J Shentall (all members of the same family with connections …

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The Bolsover Home Grown Fruit Preserving Company

Back to Bolsover for our latest blog, which features, what might now be regarded as an unusual activity for the area – jam and preserves production. The Bolsover Home Grown Fruit Preserving Company was established in 1900. The chairman was JP Houfton of the Bolsover Colliery Company. Other directors included members of the Tinsley family, …

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A brief look at Steetley Church

Were taking a brief look at the important Norman church at Steetley, courtesy of our Derbyshire VCH volume III – ‘Bolsover and adjoining parishes’. It’s well worth seeking out this attractive building. Our illustrations here are taken from Lysons’ 1817 Magna Britannia (volume V). These were based on measured drawings. The chapel, in the north …

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A brief look at Chesterfield Grammar School

We are taking a brief look at Chesterfield Grammar School in this blog. With the school closing in 1991, quite a few people might not realise that Chesterfield actually did have such a school. Surprisingly few photographs of the old Chesterfield Grammar School, on Sheffield Road, appear in the public domain – at least those …

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