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A Lifetime of Service

People will have been saddened to hear of the death of 88 year-old Philip Johnson in January 2017. The business has been part of the Brampton scene since 1888, moving to its present site in 1898 when it became a general ironmongers. It had been owned by Philip Johnson since 1952. This appreciation appeared in Reflections Magazine in September 1996.

Over the years, Johnson’s has supplied the people of Brampton and beyond with the spades that dug for Victory, the oil that burned in the blackouts and during the coal and power strikes, the pots and pans, the baking trays and the tea trays that carried food to every table, the clothes lines, the pegs and the clothes post, and even the pen-knife in a young lad’s Christmas stocking – all and every sort of goods for all and every sort of customer.

This advertisement appeared in the catalogue for the Shopping Festival of 1914. Notice the advertisement for the Sunrise washing machine – ‘A woman’s work done by a child in a quarter the time’.

Cavendish Stamps & Model Supplies “ Then & Now”


Cavendish Stamps and Model Supplies at 75 Saltergate. Proprietor was Lawrence Arthur Little, a tall thin man, dark haired with horn rimmed glasses and a pencil moustache. He was assisted in the shop by Mrs Pringle. Originally the business was situated on Cavendish Street (hence the name) but by 1952 it had moved to Saltergate. Selling model railways, aircraft kits and accessories in the front of the shop and stamps in the rear of the building it was very popular with young boys. Mr Little also ran a Scalextric Club in the basement.

Later Paget House was associated with Pagets Credit Club which issued cheques to be spent in certain shops which were paid for by a weekly fee, with interest added on of course. When the business was sold the new owners were instructed to return the shop frontage to its previous state. Looking at it now you can barely see where the shop frontage once was.


Wendy Pockson.

 Chesterfield & District Family

History & Craft Fair 2016


Outwood Academy, Highfield Lane, Chesterfield, S41 8BA.


Saturday 27th August – 10am to 4.00pm

The CADLHS will be there so come along and meet us.

CADLHS – May Meeting


by Paul Newsham


Paul is an excellent speaker who brings his subject to life in a special way.

Rose Hill United Reformed Church, Chesterfield S40 1JN

May 17th – 7:30pm

Please note this is the last meeting before the summer break.


A few words re the April Meeting

Excellent meeting last night. Average number of folks attending has now doubled on last years figures – despite very low key advertising for Scott Nicholas, the council’s Conservation Officer.

Plenty of issues were raised in Scott’s question and answer session that over ran the normal time – but mixed in with the positives, there was some bad news as regards the council’s influence and authority as to tackling the issue of important buildings falling into disrepair.

Unfortunately I was tied up with setting up our new presentation equipment and did not have the opportunity to greet the new visitors to our meeting – so a belated welcome to those newcomers, I hope you found the presentation of value to you – plus we will be moving to a larger room in the building should you wish to come again, hopefully making the experience more relaxing and comfortable. Our thanks go to Rodney Ward for organising this.

As was mentioned, we have the opportunity of two meetings during the summer recess, one being a talk on the town’s Black and White Buildings – held in the afternoon by Janet Murphy and the second an offer to lead a walking tour of Whittington by Barry Bingham, local historian and collector, who unfortunately couldn’t make it last night.

If you are interested in either of these events, please contact me or Janet Murphy. Or email us –

Peter Maycock

First Newsletter Collection Published


As a result of receiving copies of Newsletters originally sent out since the early 1990s, I was impressed by the amount of information and and research available and have decided to collate and publish selections for the benefit of new members.

This material can be short, little curios,  more in-depth articles and some personal reminiscences – all of which are both interesting and entertaining.

The first selection is now available for download by clicking here.

Printed copies will be available at monthly meetings.


April CADLHS meeting


The meeting will consist of a short presentation followed by
a question and answer session.
The cost is free to members,  £2.00 to non-members
– refreshments are provided.

Rose Hill United Reformed Church, (next to Town Hall) on Tuesday April 19th at 7.30pm. The entrance is at the rear and there is ample free parking around the Town Hall after 6.00pm.