Some lost Brimington street names

In this blog we take a selective look at some Brimington street names, particularly focussing on those that are lost. We’ll be using the 1881 census as our baseline. The census Anyone reading the census enumerators’ returns will be able to fairly quickly build up a picture of who lived where and what they did,Continue reading “Some lost Brimington street names”

The Brimington Foster Fathers

In this blog we take a look at a little known Brimington initiative to help the children of First World War widows. We also briefly look at a largely forgotten, but once influential Brimington couple – the Tissingtons. The 1921 census (if you can afford it) Firstly, let’s get something off our chest! After 100Continue reading “The Brimington Foster Fathers”

A bit of history for free

When we started our local history group we wanted to have regular meetings with guest speakers, but also leave something of a legacy for the future. So we decided to try and publish a yearly journal. Our Brimington and Tapton Miscellany is the result. Since it was first published in the autumn of 2008 it’sContinue reading “A bit of history for free”

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”

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”

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 census story – 1 – introduction

This blog is the first in an occasional series looking at the census. This time we take a brief look at the history of the census. In the future we’ll look at how the census was organised ‘on-the-ground’ in Brimington. Amongst other topics we’ll also relate how there appears to have been a bit ofContinue reading “A census story – 1 – introduction”

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

We have made our first Brimington (and Tapton) Miscellany journal available as a a free down load. Number 1 was first published in late 2008 and covers: The golden age of the little shop (in Brimington) The Canal Tavern Brimington’s pop and jam factory on Coronation Road Brimington’s Coronation tree (outside the Three Horse Shoes)Continue reading “Issue 1 of our journal is now available as a free download”

Romano-British occupation in Brimington

As some people may have read, trial archaeological excavations, in advance of a housing development off Chesterfield Road and North Moor View, have discovered some evidence of Romano-British occupation. We don’t think that evidence like this has hereto been found in the parish, though, of course, there is the age-old debate as to where theContinue reading “Romano-British occupation in Brimington”