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- 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”
- The census story – 3 – missing presumed lost?This blog is the third in an occasional series looking at the census. Here we look at examples of ‘missing’ Brimington people. There is really no practical alternative to genealogy websites for locating people of interest in census returns, so it is really frustrating when someone can’t be found. We tend to assume that everyoneContinue reading “The census story – 3 – missing presumed lost?”
- The census story – 2 – organisation in BrimingtonThis blog is the second in an occasional series looking at the census. This time we look at how collection of the census data was organised, using Brimington as an example. We’ll also take a brief look at who the people were collecting the data locally. The General Register Office organised the censuses by civilContinue reading “The census story – 2 – organisation in Brimington”
- A census story – 1 – introductionThis blog is the first in an occasional series looking at the census. This time we take a brief look at the history of the census. In the future we’ll look at how the census was organised ‘on-the-ground’ in Brimington. Amongst other topics we’ll also relate how there appears to have been a bit ofContinue reading “A census story – 1 – introduction”
- George Stephenson and Tapton House (find out more and for free!)If you are interested in George Stephenson, or Tapton House, you are in for a treat, in a publication we have made available, for free, on our website. We’ve just collaborated with the North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society (NEDIAS) and the Chesterfield & District Local History Society on a publication devoted to George Stephenson,Continue reading “George Stephenson and Tapton House (find out more and for free!)”
- Ernest Rhodes village blacksmithIt can be very hard to identify work actually carried out by village blacksmiths. But research unconnected with Brimington’s blacksmiths – Ernest Rhodes and his son Albert – has revealed that the parish church railings on Church Street are a lasting reminder of this once well-known business. Their premises at the village end of RingwoodContinue reading “Ernest Rhodes village blacksmith”
- Fond memories of Land’s shop rekindledWere continuing to remember shops and shopping in the village with a account of Land’s grocery shop on High Street. Gordon and Mona Land will be remembered by many Brimington people, serving the village, from their shop at 26 High Street, even though they sold the business back in 1984. Now, thanks to their daughter,Continue reading “Fond memories of Land’s shop rekindled”
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