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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Chesterfield workhouse: exhibition and new book

The ‘Christ Church (Stonegravels) Workhouse and Pauper Grave Project’ will be the subject of a new book to be published in July. The publication is to be marked by an exhibition from Monday 11 to Monday 18 July in Chesterfield Library, 11 am to 3 pm (closed Sunday). Many hours of research have gone into …

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You’re invited to our 15 June Hasland book launch

No apologies for advertising our nee Hasland book’s launch on 15 June, in this blog. Pop along to see us at the Devonshire Arms, Hasland, starting at 7.30pm. There’s no admission fee and you’ll be able to hear our county editor Philip Riden, give a short account of the book and the formerly extensive parish …

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Our dedication

Our colleagues at our VCH central office at the Institute of Historical Research remind us that Royal Jubilees have a special place in the history of our project. The Victoria County History was dedicated to Queen Victoria and was intended as a lasting celebration of her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. On Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, in …

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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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