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Sit awhile and remember Fred Kitchen

Next time you’re near Bolsover Library have a look and indeed sit awhile on a memorial seat to local author Fred Kitchen, who we remember in this post. We only briefly mentioned Kitchen in our Bolsover and adjacent parishes VCH ‘big red book’, mainly in connection with the Oxcroft Settlement, where his 1947 publication ‘Settlers …

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New thoughts on Birdholme House’s history

New research at The National Archives has identified that the story of Birdholme House is a little different to that described in our Hasland book. In this blog we’ll take a look at this house just inside the present borough boundary on Derby Road. An earlier house than first thought The first owner whose name …

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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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