Derbyshire Victoria County History will be publishing their new book on the history of Hasland next month. It should be a welcome addition to understanding the history of our area.
Until 19th-century boundary changes, the township (later civil parish) of Hasland (near Chesterfield) included not just what people think of as Hasland today but also Corbriggs and Winsick, Grassmoor, Birdholme and the St Augustine’s end of Boythorpe.
The launch event, which is free to attend, will be held on Wednesday 15th June starting at 7.30pm in the function room at the Devonshire Arms, Hasland.
The book will be a hardback A4 size, with some 200 pages, including colour plates and maps.
For those of you wanting to know more about LiDAR images mentioned by Colin Merrony in his excellent talk ‘2000 years in the Hope Valley’ on Monday May 16th, here’s a few pointers on how to access available images.
Then visit the Defra site on Flicker – https://www.flickr.com/…/environmentagencyopensu…/albums. Using the Flicker search function, type in the OS map reference. This will open the appropriate album. Note that the survey images are not complete and fairly low resolution. For example searching SK47SW (Brimington/Staveley area) will reveal only four images – with incomplete coverage.
Chesterfield and west of Chesterfield – SK37SE – has four images all complete. Some interesting features are revealed, but some need specialist knowledge to interpret.
You may have noticed our logo on our website and now our Facebook page. But where did it come from?
It’s actually been and still is a Chesterfield town centre feature.
It’s design was researched by our former Chairman Peter Maycock when he set up this website and our newsletter design in the mid 2010s. We’ll leave it to Peter to describe our logo further:
One day, as I researched old photographs of Chesterfield I noticed this lovely street lamp and as I looked at subsequent photos, there it was again. Now I know all about the lamp that was at the bottom of Packers Row and was moved to the Parish Church, but the beauty of this new one really appealed to me – and it was all over the town centre in old photos. So when I started to design the new printed materials for the Society earlier this year [in 2016], there was really only one choice – and thanks to local artist David Charlesworth we now have a professionally drawn logo at the heart of our new identity.
Peter Maycock, CADLHS newsletter, March 2016.
A few of these lamp standards still exist around the Market place area. Despite being fitted with modern light fittings they have not lost their decorative tops and are listed grade II.
This logo also appears on our Facebook page. We’d like to think it reflects our view that the society aims to shed some light on the area’s history!
We want to take this opportunity to thank Peter for his work on developing this website and our newsletters. Peter has now taken a ‘backseat’ somewhat, but without his vision and leadership CADLHS would be the much poorer.
Our colleagues over at the Chesterfield & District Civic Society have been looking at the history of Dunston Hall, as part of a planning application response.
Part of the out-buildings, the subject of the application, comprise a number of cruck frames – a type of timber construction. The civic society concludes that:
‘the survival of substantial remains of such an extensive range of cruck framed farm buildings associated with a well-documented gentry house is important, since so often such buildings have been swept away when the main house has been rebuilt or a modern home farm built. It would be unwise to claim that the buildings at Dunston are unique, but they appear to be the largest range of this type anywhere in north Derbyshire or south Yorkshire.
Source:Chesterfield and District Civic Society, Observations on Listed Building Application CHE/22/00111/LBC, Dunston Hall, Dunston Road, Chesterfield: Conversion of outbuilding into function room
Paul Allonby has very kindly sent us the results of his research on New Whittington’s Harry Young. We’ve published this on our Facebook page and placed it in our ‘History Resources’ section on this website, where you can download this sad story. You can also download it as a pdf from the bottom of this page.
Sub-Lt Harry Young was the last casualty from the Chesterfield area in the First World War. He was killed in action on November 10th 1918 near Mons.
Paul’s research is part of a feature for the ‘Royal Navy News’ which will be published in November 2022, but it has been amended to focus on Harry.
We’d like to thank Paul for sharing his work with us.
Our posts (the articles you see on our home page, such as this one) have had all the old non-relevant information removed.
Our website: we have rearranged how things are accessed on our menus.
The top black ribbon menu has been revised.
We have added a link to ‘History Resources’. These comprise short historical articles that were effectively buried in the site. These are now available as pdfs and will be added to in the coming months.
We have removed some information that is best dealt with on other sites (and we have linked to these). Examples removed include a list of Chesterfield’s mayors and of the town’s listed buildings.
‘Our publications’ is a new page currently under construction, but it will feature a list of all our available history papers, occasional publications and our journal.
Finally on the top menu, the ‘links’ page (to other organisations) has been revised and updated.
The left-hand side menu is also slightly revised.
A link to our Facebook page (itself hopefully to be revitalised over the next few weeks) is now included.
Access to our latest and old newsletters is now just below the Facebook page link.
The ‘Chronicle of our town’s history’ has been reformatted and updated. It now covers the period up to 1938.
A link to a now non-functioning website has been removed. Other external website links remain unchanged, except that the Horns Bridge website has been linked (as that site is live).
Our website: the members’ page has been removed.
We have, for now, removed the members’ page. This was never correctly set-up and there are currently issues around resourcing this feature. An attempt may be made to reactivate this in the future.
Things looked pretty good for the society in February 2020 – more members had joined and more people were attending meetings. But the Covid pandemic has taken its toll on our society and those who run it.
Now it is the time for a new beginning.
We now need to recruit a new team to take us forward.
Due to a combination of changing circumstances and long service, several members of the committee have confirmed that they are standing down at the next AGM in March.
So, we’re looking to put together a team of between 8-12 people. The skills needed ranges from chairing meetings, general administration, booking speakers, representing the society at events, finance, social media, website and more besides.
If you have a passion for the history of the local area, enjoy helping unlock latest research and information and sharing that with the community then please do get in touch.
Posted 15 March 2022, updated 3 April 2022. This post replaces an earlier post of 20 May 2021.