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Rutland Terrace Barlow Derbyshire Mining

The newsletter for July/August is now available for download here . Of special note is the article on Rutland Terrace at Barlow, complementing the forthcoming talk by Andrew Bridgewater on the mining heritage of the area.

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.