A bit of history for free

When we started our local history group we wanted to have regular meetings with guest speakers, but also leave something of a legacy for the future. So we decided to try and publish a yearly journal.

Our Brimington and Tapton Miscellany is the result. Since it was first published in the autumn of 2008 it’s carried a varied content. And we’ve managed to publish this ever since (though some editions have been a little delayed!)

Always included has been our chronicle of local events for a given year. For example, the first Miscellany edition covered local events from September 2007 to August 2008. It included extended comments on the demolition of the Prince of Wales public house, and the East Midlands signalling scheme as it impacted on the Midland mainline railway at Tapton, as just two items.

Main articles included David Slater’s ‘Golden age of the little shop’, ‘The Canal Tavern’ by Philip Cousins and an article about Brimington’s pop and jam factory, on Coronation Road (amongst others).

We have now made available our second edition of Brimington and Tapton Miscellany to download, again free of charge. First published in January 2010 it contains the following articles:

  • Some observations on the Derby Tup and the Brimington Mummers’ plays – Philip Cousins and Peter Harrison
  • Brimington Cricket Club – Derbyshire cup winners 1887 and 1888 – Janet Murphy
  • From elementary education to further education (Brimington schools)– Alan Sharp
  • Three of Brimington’s Second World war heroes – Peter Harrison
  • Does anyone remember the Hedley House Treat? – Jean Crossley and Philip Cousins
  • Further notes on the ‘Skull and Cross Bones’ bridge at Tapton – Philip Cousins (There was an article on this in our number 1 volume)
  • Chronicle of local events from September 2008 to the end of December 2009. Includes extended comments on the demolition of Staveley Works, closure of Brimington Common Post Office and the discovery of a well during extension works to the Brimington Surgery.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading volume 2 and indeed the other resources we have on our downloads page, which include historical booklets, newspaper cuttings and map extracts. To access simply visit our downloads page by clicking here and search through the list of resources available. You’ll then need to click on the ‘download’ button to select the resource you want to view (and save or print if you want to).

Additionally, you can download Miscellany 2 directly from the link below. We hope it’s a bit of local history for you to enjoy for free.

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