Stainsby school in the news – but what is its history?

The former board school at Stainsby is in the news at the moment as the National Trust seeks to sell the property. But what is its history? In this blog we’ll take a brief look. Our Hardwick: a great house and its estate paperback, published in 2009 (out of print but available in local libraries), …

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New light on Wingerworth’s history at the National Archives

In this blog we take a brief look at some new sources for the history of Wingerworth that have been identified. They’ll help us in our new account of Wingerworth, based largely on the work of David Edwards, which the Derbyshire VCH Trust hopes to published in 2023. Reconstructing the history of Wingerworth in detail …

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Chesterfield’s railway stations: a short history

Chesterfield formerly had three railway stations in or adjacent to the town centre. But it didn’t end there, as a further seven were contained within what would now be Chesterfield borough. In this blog – a version of which first appeared in the Derbyshire Times – we take a brief look at these stations. Stations …

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Hasland and Chesterfield books nearly sold out

Both of our ‘Chesterfield Streets and Houses’ and ‘History of Hasland…’ books are likely to become out of print in the next few weeks. If you are thinking of buying a copy, we’d advise you to do so as soon as possible. We believe copies are still available at the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (near …

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Storforth Lane Hasland – from brickworks to industrial estate

We’ve been looking at industries in the area around Storforth Lane, Hasland parish, in our last few blogs. We end this story with a look at how the modern Storforth Lane Trading Estate came about and its immediate predecessor – a brickworks. In 1898 Charles James Saunders (1853–1925), who had a brickworks on Brockwell Lane …

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James Wright to speak at our AGM on Saturday 1 October

Award winning buildings archaeologist James Wright is talking about ‘Late Mediaeval Great Houses in the East Midlands’ to our AGM on Saturday and anyone can turn up and hear what he has to say. This is also a new talk. Although our AGM starts with a business meeting at 2 pm, by around 2.30 pm …

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From Ironworks to concrete – the later history of the Storforth Lane ironworks site

In our last blog on this site at Storforth Lane we looked at the history of the Wingerworth and Broad Oaks ironworks, with their blast furnaces, on Storforth Lane. In this blog we bring the story up-to-date. In 1931 Tarmac acquired the site of Broad Oaks blast furnaces, which had closed in 1907, presumably with …

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