Current research

Some members of the group are undertaking research, which may be published in Brimington and Tapton Miscellany.  You can find out more on this page.

In addition we are always interested in seeing old photographs of Brimington and Tapton.

Current research includes the subjects listed below.

Please note that links on this page may take you to our publications page, which carries a content list of our yearly Brimington and Tapton Miscellany journal, which can be purchased.

Public transport. Brimington and Tapton was well-served by both locally based operators such as Wettons, Doughty and ‘Clocky Brown’ along with Chesterfield Corporation and East Midland Motor Services. Can you remember what it was like to travel on Wetton’s or Doughty’s buses? If you can we would like to hear from you.

As part of the 1082 Brimington & District Squadron of Air Training Corp’s (ATC) 80th anniversary, they are researching the history of the squadron.  If you have any information that might help the ATC, please email training.1082@rafac.mod.gov.uk.

Brimington Mechanics Institute. This organisation was founded in 1854 to bring the benefits of reading to the working men of the village. It boasted a library and a reading room, but by the late 1870s it had disappeared. A reading room was resurrected in the centre of the village in 1890 and the 1901 census shows that there was also a reading room in an unoccupied house on the common.

Dryhurst House, which is near to the entrance of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and is currently used as a childrens’ nursery, is actually in Tapton township. One of our members is researching this property with a view to a future article in …Miscellany along the lines of “Dryhurst: A house through time”.

The recent history of Wetton Funeral Services Ltd., Ringwood Road, Brimington was covered in Brimington and Tapton Miscellany 8. This included some reminiscences from the late proprietor Alan Wetton. We want to bring the story up-to-date, particularly since the business was sold outside of the Wetton family.

R Wetton & Son funeral vehicles near the family home and headquarters (Rose Cottage), Ringwood Road, Brimington, on the occasion of the Markham Colliery disaster funerals,1937. The business was first formed in the 19th century, continuing in family ownership until the latter part of the 20th century. Like some other businesses the later history is unclear. Research is underway to try and put this right. (Courtesy the late Alan Wetton.)

Brimington Cubs and Scouts.  What’s the history of youth organisations in the parish? Brimington Cubs and Scouts started researching their history some years ago, but the project, we believe. wasn’t concluded. We want to build up that picture and publish and account of their activities.

The story of mains water in Brimington. Tied up with the construction of the Linacre Reservoirs, the coming of piped water to Brimington in the 1860s, was fraught with supply difficulties. Though we’ve a brief account on the history of piped water in Brimington on our history of the area page, there’s still much to be discovered about this important natural resource.

The Brimington Electric Supply Company. This company purchased electricity from the Staveley Company and resold it to local residents. You can found out more on our history of the area page, but a full account still needs to be written of how electricity came to Brimington and Tapton.

Thomas Wallhead. Brimington’s own hymn tune writer had his work published in the Methodist Hymnal (and others). Tunes included Brimington, Whittington, Sharon and Harvest Home.  He died in the 1920s, having lived on Brimington Common. Who was he and how many hymns and other music did he write?

Brimington well-dressings. The village held well-dressings in the late 20th century, under the auspices of the guides and brownies. Although there is no historical precedence for this custom, work is underway to tell story its story. The custom was revived in 2018 with a well dressing screen erected at the summer market on the ‘village green’.

Brimington Congregational Church. This is an example of how a small local history group can enhance knowledge of the area. Little had been written about this church which opened in 1895, on Chapel Street. The chapel sadly closed in late December 2019.  Now, due to the efforts principally of church member Beryl Sharman, with the assistance of Elizabeth Pemberton and Philip Cousins, we published a fully illustrated account of the church in our Brimington and Tapton Miscellany 12.

If you have anything you think might be of interest please contact us.

Page last updated 02 March 2021.

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