Our blogs listed

Tapton House petition

21st Jun 2022

This blog covered the Friends of Tapton House arranging a petition and also a picnic at Tapton House against borough council’s announcement that they wish to sell the property via a long lease. The local history group do not have a view or policy on what should happen to Tapton House.

Was there a court at The Court House, Tapton? (No!)

14th Jun 2022

Another look at new thoughts on Tapton’s history, courtesy of the Derbyshire Victoria County History (VCH). This time we briefly looked at the Court House, across the railway line on Brimington Road, Tapton. There was no courthouse here, but how and when did it get its name?

New book on Hasland publishes at free event on 15 June

7th Jun 2022

A new book on the history of Hasland, a formerly a large parish sitting next to Tapton, is to be published at a launch event on 15 June. This blog looks briefly at the book, published on behalf of the Derbyshire Victoria County (VCH) Trust.

Crow Lane and Dobbin Clough Farm

3rd Jun 2022

From this blog we started taking a regular look at some of the ‘new thoughts’ on Tapton’s history revealed at our talk in April – thanks to research by the Derbyshire Victoria County History (VCH). This time looked at Dobbin Clough Farm and how Crow Lane possibly got its name.

Workhouse links

27th May 2022

Following a talk given to the group by members of the Chesterfield St Helen’s and District Local History Society and the Chesterfield and District Family History Society in May 2022 about the Christ Church, Stonegravels, paupers research project, we have posted some links for those more interested in this sometimes harrowing human story.

Do you remember Bill Carter?

22nd May 2022

One of our members has had his memory stirred a bit following the posting of a newspaper report on our website highlighting the Red Lion public house in 1963. Amongst those ‘down at the local’ was Bill Carter. He ended up playing for Ken Dodd.

Sally the elephant’s Tapton wash and brush-up

24th Apr 2022

One of the more unusual items in the Science Museum Group collection is a photograph of Sally the elephant just about to enter a hand car wash in 1962! Find out more about Sally’s brief visit to Tapton in the early 1960s in this blog.

Some lost Brimington street names

27th Mar 2022

In this blog we take a selective look at some Brimington street names, particularly focussing on those that are lost. We used the 1881 census as our baseline.

The Brimington Foster Fathers

2nd Mar 2022

In this blog we take a look at a little known Brimington initiative to help the children of First World War widows – the Brimington Foster Fathers. We also briefly look at a largely forgotten, but once influential Brimington couple – the Tissingtons.

A bit of history for free

15th Feb 2022

This blog announces that we’ve made available our Brimington and Tapton Miscellany 2 available as a free download.

Our disappearing telephone boxes

8th Jan 2022

Our local telephone boxes appear to have disappeared. This blog takes a look at what’s happened to them and poses the question – do we really missed them?

Traditions of Christmas and New Year past remembered

19th Dec 2021

A brief look at the Christmas and new year tradition formerly practised in Brimington and indeed Derbyshire – the Derby Tup. We’ll also take a brief look at so-called ‘mummers’ plays’.

Lime ash flooring at The Farm, High Street, Brimington

6th Dec 2021

In this blog we take a look at lime ash flooring, once employed fairly extensively, using 24 and 24a High Street (formerly known as The Farm) as an example.

Latest Brimington and Tapton Miscellany journal is now available

26th Nov 2021

After much delay we have just published the thirteenth edition of our yearly Brimington and Tapton Miscellany. Find out more in this short blog.

Trinity Church Jubilee Brochure available to download

11th Nov 2021

We have been able to make available a jubilee history of the former Trinity Methodist Church at Brimington (1896-1946) in our downloads section. 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 a Wesleyan Methodist church.

Road sign points to local government’s past in Brimington

4 November 2021

The road sign on display in the Brimington Community Centre entrance foyer is a reminder of Brimington’s past local government arrangements. Our blog looks at the significance of the sign.

Another sad story from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic

21 October 2021

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.

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

7 October 2021

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. We look at what’s in store for this area of Brimington.

The Victoria Hotel – a lost Brimington hostelry – part 1

5th Oct 2021

We take a very brief look at lost local hostelries but focus particularly on the Victoria Hotel, New Brimington – the subject of some recent Facebook posts and an article in our Brimington & Tapton Miscellany publication.

GE Brown’s coaching and garage business

12th Sep 2021

A look at GE (‘Clocky’) Brown’s small coaching and motor business, which he ran from a garage on Chesterfield Road, Brimington.

The Chesterfield Brewery Company’s Brimington and Hollingwood connections

26th Aug 2021

We focus on Brimington’s connections with the Chesterfield Brewery Company following local pub and brewery historian John Hirst’s new book on the that now disappeared concern.

What is the future for Tapton House?

24th Jul 2021

In this blog, we focus on the present and future of George Stephenson’s former residence at Tapton House.

We’re working on a new history of Brimington and Tapton

23rd Jul 2021

As this blog explains, some members of our local history group are assisting in a new account of Brimington’s and Tapton’s history.

The sad story behind Godfrey’s corner, New Brimington

16th Jul 2021

In this blog we look at the sad story behind Godfrey’s shop – 1 Queen Street, New Brimington – which once gave a now forgotten name to the area – Godfrey’s corner.

A fuze, the Shaw family, Dryhurst House and two charities

3rd Jul 2021

Dryhurst House, the Shaw family, a patent dynamite fuze, exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and two charities in the family name all briefly feature in this blog. Dryhurst House sits at left of the entrance to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, off the A632.

A missing tribute to George Stephenson

12th Jun 2021

This blog looks at a missing statue to George Stephenson on the Stephenson Memorial Hall, Corporation Street, Chesterfield.

Brimington’s and Tapton’s ‘County Bridges’

1st Jun 2021

We take a look at  ‘county bridges’ following the publication of ‘Derbyshire county bridges 1530-1889’ – by Philip Riden, for the Derbyshire Record Society.

Albert Rhodes – village author

8th May 2021

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. 

Brimington brickmaking in the spotlight

3rd May 2021

Local brickmaking is in the spotlight in this blog.

The ‘Lock House’, Newbridge Lane: to be or not to be – the census story – 5

24th Apr 2021

This blog – part 5 of our series looking at the census locally – is about a place and building sometimes wrongly presumed to be a lock-keeper’s cottage on Newbridge Lane. As we’ll explain it wasn’t the home to a lock-keeper and was actually just in Whittington, not Brimington.

The census story – 4 – missing but not lost

20th Apr 2021

In this short blog we present a download that reconstructs the Brimington summary sheets missing from the 1891 census on Ancestry.

The census story – 3 – missing presumed lost?

11th Apr 2021

This blog is the third in a series looking at the census. Here we look at examples of ‘missing’ Brimington people.

The census story – 2 – organisation in Brimington

4th Apr 2021

We look at how collection of the census data was organised, using Brimington as an example. We also take a brief look at who the people were collecting the data locally.

A census story – 1 – introduction

31st Mar 2021

The first in an occasional series looking at the census. Here we take a brief look at the history of the census.

George Stephenson and Tapton House (find out more and for free!)

26 March 2021

A link to a joint publication on George Stephenson, his third wife, Tapton House, Holy Trinity Church (where he is buried) and the celebrations held in Chesterfield on the centenary of his death.  

Ernest Rhodes village blacksmith

20 April 2021

Ernest Rhodes and his son Albert – the village blacksmiths – and one example of their work, the parish church railings on Church Street, features in this blog.

Fond memories of Land’s shop rekindled

11 March 2021

Remembering Land’s grocery shop on High Street.

Issue 1 of our journal is now available as a free download

5 March 2021

Our first Brimington (and Tapton) Miscellany journal available as a free down load. Number 1 was first published in late 2008.

How a 1950s typewriter led a trail back to Brimington

28 February 2021

How a 1950s typewriter was traced to its original owner – a well-known former Brimington resident.

When wireless was all the rage

27 February 2021

This blog takes a short look at the new technology of the 1920s – the wireless radio – and a demonstration of this wonder technology in Brimington.

When the river Rother was at its worst

18 February 2021

A look back to when the Rother had the dubious distinction of being the worst polluted river in the UK.

Brimington’s Red Lion public house nearly 60 years ago

16 February 2021

The Red Lion in 1963, from The Star Chesterfield Magazine.

Romano-British occupation in Brimington

12 February 2021

Trial archaeological excavations, in advance of a housing development off Chesterfield Road and North Moor View, have discovered some evidence of Romano-British occupation.

Don’t forget to visit our gallery

4 February 2021

Our gallery page is starting with the images displayed in the ’tile’ on our home page. We have chosen these images to represent the Brimington and Tapton area. In our gallery we tell you why we have chosen them and what they show.

Sources for Brimington’s and Tapton’s history

4 February 2021

Welcome to our website

30 January 2021

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