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 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”

Fond memories of Land’s shop rekindled

Were continuing to remember shops and shopping in the village with a account of Land’s grocery shop on High Street. Gordon and Mona Land will be remembered by many Brimington people, serving the village, from their shop at 26 High Street, even though they sold the business back in 1984. Now, thanks to their daughter,Continue reading “Fond memories of Land’s shop rekindled”

How a 1950s typewriter led a trail back to Brimington

Local history isn’t just about Roman remains, grand houses, schools, churches and the like – it’s also (and perhaps primarily) about people.  So, we’ve been pleased to assist in one of our more unusual stories – how a 1950s typewriter was reunited (metaphorically speaking), with its original owner – a well-known former Brimington resident. TheContinue reading “How a 1950s typewriter led a trail back to Brimington”

When the river Rother was at its worst

Thinking about potential ‘missing’ parts of the Brimington story perhaps reminds us about when the river Rother was amongst, if not the worst, of the polluted rivers in Europe. The Rother comprises a fair part of the parish boundary. The degradation of the river would have started in the industrial revolution. By the 1980s theContinue reading “When the river Rother was at its worst”

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”