Lime ash flooring at The Farm, High Street, Brimington

You’ve probably never heard of lime-ash flooring, but if you’ve ever been to Hardwick Hall you will definitely have walked on it. In this blog we take a look at this type of flooring, once employed fairly extensively, using 24 and 24a High Street (formerly known as The Farm) as an example. Lime ash flooringContinue reading “Lime ash flooring at The Farm, High Street, Brimington”

Latest Brimington and Tapton Miscellany journal is now available

After much delay we have just published the thirteenth edition of our yearly Brimington and Tapton Miscellany. It’s now our 13th edition. Articles include the following: I’m from hereabouts: a short family history – Anne Goss ‘A shocking and fatal accident’: the Unwin family at Brimington Hall – Barbara Rich St Mary’s mission church, BrimingtonContinue reading “Latest Brimington and Tapton Miscellany journal is now available”

Trinity Church Jubilee Brochure available to download

We have been able to make available a jubilee history of the former Trinity Methodist Church at Brimington (1896-1946) in our downloads section and at the bottom of this page. This building will be very familiar to those who attend our meetings. For it’s actually the building where we meet, but it was once aContinue reading “Trinity Church Jubilee Brochure available to download”

Road sign points to local government’s past in Brimington

The road sign, on display in the Brimington Community Centre entrance foyer, shown in our photograph, was saved by the parish council in 1990. In this blog we’ll take a look at its significance – as it’s a reminder of Brimington’s past local government arrangements. The sign’s significance On the sign you’ll see, in redContinue reading “Road sign points to local government’s past in Brimington”

Another sad story from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic

We have already told the sad story behind Godfrey’s shop – 1 Queen Street – and how the Spanish Flu affected that family. In this blog we look at another formerly well-known Brimington family – the Phipps – and how they were tragically visited by the same flu. On 23 November 1918 the Derbyshire CourierContinue reading “Another sad story from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic”

Our disappearing fields: end of an era – beginning of a new one?

It wasn’t so long ago that we posted about GE Brown’s bus, coach and garage business, which was, at one time, based at his Chesterfield Road site. Now his former premises are being demolished, for use as the entrance to a controversial housing development. The multi-faceted Brown (watch and cycle repairs, motor mechanic, bus andContinue reading “Our disappearing fields: end of an era – beginning of a new one?”

The Victoria Hotel – a lost Brimington hostelry – part 1

There’s a few lost hostelries in Brimington. This blog takes a very brief look at them but focuses particularly on the Victoria Hotel, New Brimington – the subject of some recent Facebook posts and an article in our Brimington & Tapton Miscellany publication. Lost local public and beer houses The Bugle Horn, was situated onContinue reading “The Victoria Hotel – a lost Brimington hostelry – part 1”

GE Brown’s coaching and garage business

In this blog we look at GE (‘Clocky’) Brown’s small coaching and motor business, which he ran from a garage on Chesterfield Road, Brimington. We start with Doug Spencer’s look at an ex London bus, later used by Brown. This is followed by a general note on Brown’s history by Philip Cousins. Can any ofContinue reading “GE Brown’s coaching and garage business”

The Chesterfield Brewery Company’s Brimington and Hollingwood connections

Chesterfield pub and brewery historian John Hirst’s new book on the Chesterfield Brewery Company, includes some Brimington, Tapton and Hollingwood references.  John’s new 28-page book ‘Chesterfield Brewery – the story of Chesterfield’s second largest brewery’ – chronicles its rise and fall. Also included is information on some of the directors, including the Mills (of TaptonContinue reading “The Chesterfield Brewery Company’s Brimington and Hollingwood connections”

Brimington’s pop and jam factory

Did you know that Brimington once had a mineral (aerated) water and then a jam factory? Both were short-lived early 20th century affairs and probabaly operated from the same premises on Coronation Road. You’ll sometimes see bottles like the two illustrated here, on sale via Ebay or market stalls. They are embossed ‘Kirkham & Hebdige,Continue reading “Brimington’s pop and jam factory”