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A short introduction to the Avenue Carbonisation and Chemical Plant

Our July 2022 meeting heard about how the Avenue Carbonisation and Chemical Plant, Wingerworth, was decontaminated in the 2000s. As a background this post looks at the the opening of the works in the 1950s, through to closure and decontamination. The works were officially inaugurated on 30 October 1956 with much celebration – photos in […]

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Our next meeting: Monday 15 August

Our next meeting will be held on Monday August 15th, when Christine Gregory will be talking about ‘Water Voles in Derbyshire: the story of one of Britain’s most endangered mammals‘. This is a change from our normal subject matter; with a slideshow presented by Christine, which will focus on how and where water voles live […]

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Chesterfield’s remarkable women celebrated in Janet Murphy’s book

Chesterfield’s Remarkable Women by Janet Murphy tells the stories of 50 women who have links with Chesterfield. It’s still available, priced at £8.50, all proceeds from sales will go to Ashgate HospiceCare. Published by Bannister Publications it is available from them either over the counter or online, or from Chesterfield Visitor Centre, Ashgate Hospicecare shop […]

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The heroic story of Harry Young, Chesterfield’s last fallen warrior in the Great War

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 […]

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Dunston Hall history

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 […]

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LiDAR links

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. Firstly, take a look at https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html… which a zoomable interactive map. Colour images for the Chesterfield […]

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New book on Hasland to launch on 15 June

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 […]

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Chesterfield Workhouse book publication and exhibition

It’s pleasing to see that local and family history publishing is still very much alive, so we welcome an exhibition on the Christ Church (Stonegravels) Workhouse and Pauper Grave Project from Monday 11 to Monday 18 July in Chesterfield Library, 11 am to 3 pm. (closed Sunday). This also marks the publication of a book […]

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Our June newsletter is now available

Our latest (June 2022) newsletter is a now available albeit little later than planned. It features an article on Chesterfield Men and the Military General Service Medal. Download the June 2022 newsletter from http://www.cadlhs.org.uk/latest-newsletters/

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Our Chair’s musical interests

You may well know that David McPhie – our society chair – has wide-ranging interests including music. You might also know that he published a book ‘Sounds in the shadow of the Crooked Spire’ with Ian Lee in 2018. But in case you don’t know all this – a reminder that a few copies are […]

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We still need new members for our team

We Are still looking for new members for our team. Particularly a webmaster and general committee members. Can you help us? This post briefly explains more. Background Things looked pretty good for the society in February 2020 – more members had joined and more people were attending meetings. But the Covid pandemic and enforced change […]