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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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The Broad Oaks and Wingerworth ironworks

In this blog we’ll take a look at the so-called Wingerworth ironworks, later known as the Broad Oaks ironworks. Both names are a bit confusing. The name Broad Oaks was for many years associated with Markham works in Spital, but the ironworks weren’t there. Nor were they at Wingerworth. The works were actually at Storforth …

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Ghostly figures shed light on women’s work at the pit

The ghostly figures, in our first photograph in this blog, shed some light on a now forgotten aspect of coal mining – women’s work on the pit top. At first we thought that these rare photographs (published here for the first time) might have been taken in the north eastern part of Derbyshire, possibly at …

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Seizing Derbyshire church goods in 1553 – new book to be published

Our sister organisation, the Derbyshire Record Society (DRS) is publishing a new book Church Goods in Derbyshire 1552-1553, edited by Richard Clark About the book The book is concerned with the national seizure of church goods in 1553, one of the major dispossession of ecclesiastical assets during the English Reformation. It contains the surviving documents relating to …

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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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What do we do

Colleagues at our national office in London have done a great job in summarising what we do. We aim to produce a history of every place in England, from the earliest times to the ever-moving now, in a consistent form including accounts of landscape and settlement, with buildings and archaeology. Our histories include histories of …

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