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Eyres of Chesterfield’s sad demise

In this blog we’ll look at one of the unfortunate but less obvious results of the demise of Eyres of Chesterfield – the disappearance of its company history on their now removed website. This isn’t to detract from the problems and hardship that are caused to employees and customers of a company that reaches the …

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Hasland book launch date 15 June 2022

Our new Hasland VCH spin-off book is to be published at a launch event on the evening of 15 June at the Devonshire Arms, Hasland. The book will be the first authoritative account of this large parish. Until 19th-century boundary changes, the township (later civil parish) of Hasland (near Chesterfield) included not just what people …

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Lost Chesterfield Industries – the Tube Works: part 2

The final part of our concise overview of the Chesterfield tube works is presented in this blog. It’s an edited version from our forthcoming VCH spin-off book on Hasland, with some new information added about the concern’s more recent years. The1950s saw a programme of programme of modernisation and expansion. In 1950 a new factory …

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Lost Chesterfield Industries – the Tube Works: part 1

The old Hasland parish covers a wide area of Chesterfield, including the once heavily industrialised Derby Road. One of the biggest industrial concerts in the township was the works Chesterfield Cylinders. ‘The tube works’ as they were known is the subject of this blog. We’ve condensed text from our forthcoming VCH spin-off book on Hasland, …

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Brambling House, Hasland: from home to hospital and beyond

A pioneer school for ‘delicate children’, home to Chesterfield’s richest woman, built by Chesterfield entrepreneur TP Wood, hospital annexe and now a school and home to model railways. Brambling House at Hady, just within the old parish of Hasland, certainly has an interesting history which we explore in this blog. Our spin-off book on Hasland …

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Dunston Hall’s history in the spotlight

Dunston Hall, Chesterfield, has been in the news lately, as it transforms into an events venue. In this blog we take a brief look at its history and highlight what could be an important discovery. We’ve extracted historical information on Dunston Hall prepared by our county editor, acting as chairman of the Chesterfield and District …

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Hasland’s place name

How did Hasland, Spital, Hady, Boythorpe, Grassmoor, Winsick, Birdholme and Corbriggs get their names? In this blog we’ll take a very brief look at place names associated with our forthcoming book on the former large and varied Chesterfield township of Hasland. Let’s start with Hasland itself. This name has its origins in ‘Haselont’ (mentioned in …

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Civic Society’s Plaque Marks Education Advances in Chesterfield

The former St Helena Girls’ High School and its architect GH Widdows is the subject of a short note we’ve compiled with the Chesterfield and District Civic Society. This blog contains details about how to access it. Chesterfield and District Civic Society have run a blue plaque scheme in their area for many years. The …

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