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- What is the future for Tapton House?You may have seen our blog about the jointly produced (and free) publication focussing on George Stephenson in Chesterfield (if not see below). But, in this blog, we focus on the present and future of his former residence at Tapton House. So, what is currently happening? In 2018 Chesterfield College, who had at one timeContinue reading “What is the future for Tapton House?”
- We’re working on a new history of Brimington and TaptonAs this blog explains, some members of our local history group are assisting in a new account of Brimington’s and Tapton’s history. Our group (and individually some of our members) are subscribers to the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust (VCH), which is the county supporting charity for this England-wide project, seeking to research and writeContinue reading “We’re working on a new history of Brimington and Tapton”
- The sad story behind Godfrey’s corner, New BrimingtonIn this blog we look at the sad story behind Godfrey’s shop – 1 Queen Street, Brimington – which once gave a now forgotten name to the area – Godfrey’s corner. For a short period of time George Henry Godfrey was operating a fishmonger’s and greengrocer’s shop at 1 Queen Street. We find him inContinue reading “The sad story behind Godfrey’s corner, New Brimington”
- A fuze, the Shaw family, Dryhurst House and two charitiesDryhurst House, the Shaw family, a patent dynamite fuze, exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and two charities all briefly feature in this blog. Dryhurst House sits to the left of the entrance to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, off the A632. It’s now used as a nursery and actually historically sits in Tapton – theContinue reading “A fuze, the Shaw family, Dryhurst House and two charities”
- A missing tribute to George StephensonOur friends at the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust (VCH – of whom we are members) have recently been looking at Violet Markham’s somewhat controversial views on her town. Violet was born at Brimington Hall and for many years lived at Tapton House. You can find out more about her here and read the VCHContinue reading “A missing tribute to George Stephenson”
- Brimington’s and Tapton’s ‘County Bridges’A recently published book gives details about the area’s ‘county bridges’ – including ones at Brimington and Tapton. In this blog we take a brief look at the book and its findings on these two bridges. ‘Derbyshire county bridges 1530-1889’ – by Philip Riden, for the Derbyshire Record Society – contains a gazetteer of 139Continue reading “Brimington’s and Tapton’s ‘County Bridges’”
- Albert Rhodes – village authorOur blog of 10 March 2021 remembered the village’s blacksmithing business of Ernest Rhodes and Son, through one of their identifiable works – Brimington Parish Church railings. This blog looks in particular at the son – Albert Rhodes and the novels he wrote, two of which were almost wholly based in Brimington. There’s a shortContinue reading “Albert Rhodes – village author”
- Brimington brickmaking in the spotlightIt’s not an industry that is anything like unique to Brimington, but brickmaking, particularly in the mid to late 19th century and early 20th century, was an important local industry. The very bricks out of which many houses of the time were constructed were actually produced locally and from the clay and coal also minedContinue reading “Brimington brickmaking in the spotlight”
- The ‘Lock House’, Newbridge Lane: to be or not to be – the census story – 5The General Register Office organised the censuses by civil registration districts, which were subdivided into enumeration districts (EDs). Obviously, the census is about people and their living and social conditions. But it can also lead us into research about places and buildings. This blog – part 5 of our series looking at the census locallyContinue reading “The ‘Lock House’, Newbridge Lane: to be or not to be – the census story – 5”
- The census story – 4 – missing but not lostIn this short blog we present a download that reconstructs the summary sheets missing from the 1891 census on Ancestry. In the 1891 census, in spite of being well aware of the issues detailed in our previous blogs, our researcher Paul Freeman failed to find several Brimington residents on the website Ancestry. Eventually he discoveredContinue reading “The census story – 4 – missing but not lost”
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