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”

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 Tapton

As 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 Brimington

In 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 charities

Dryhurst 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 Stephenson

Our 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 author

Our 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 spotlight

It’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”