There’s a full list of our blogs, the date they were published, a summary of their subjects and links to find them, on this page.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15th Feb 2022
This blog announces that we’ve made available our Brimington and Tapton Miscellany 2 available as a free download.
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?
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24th Jul 2021
In this blog, we focus on the present and future of George Stephenson’s former residence at Tapton House.
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.
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.
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.
12th Jun 2021
This blog looks at a missing statue to George Stephenson on the Stephenson Memorial Hall, Corporation Street, Chesterfield.
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.
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.
3rd May 2021
Local brickmaking is in the spotlight in this blog.
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.
20th Apr 2021
In this short blog we present a download that reconstructs the Brimington summary sheets missing from the 1891 census on Ancestry.
11th Apr 2021
This blog is the third in a series looking at the census. Here we look at examples of ‘missing’ Brimington people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 March 2021
Remembering Land’s grocery shop on High Street.
5 March 2021
Our first Brimington (and Tapton) Miscellany journal available as a free down load. Number 1 was first published in late 2008.
28 February 2021
How a 1950s typewriter was traced to its original owner – a well-known former Brimington resident.
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.
18 February 2021
A look back to when the Rother had the dubious distinction of being the worst polluted river in the UK.
16 February 2021
The Red Lion in 1963, from The Star Chesterfield Magazine.
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.
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.
4 February 2021
30 January 2021
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