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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.

March Society Meeting

Excellent meeting last night – and we were only one person short of full capacity for the room!

The presentation by Mike Kelley on the Cromford Canal was very good, very authoritative and well presented.

Thanks to the new committee members as they assumed their new roles and thanks to all the members and guests for such a good-natured evening.

New Plans for Walton Works site

Plans for Walton Works site.
Picture courtesy of Ibbotson Architects

There are new plans for the Walton Works site off Chatsworth Road and the Derbyshire Times have an excellent article by Michael Broomhead to gather people’s opinions entitled “What do you think of the plans”.

The building has been vacant for many years and is becoming an eyesore as things deteriorate. But the planning application would change all that, as it proposes:

  • 382 homes and apartments
  • 2 retail units
  • A new pub
  • 245 parking places

Robinson PLC and Hathersage based developers Blue Deer Ltd have devised the plans and say “…the fresh plans would provide ‘much-needed’ housing for the area.”

Walton Works site
Photograph courtesy of the Derbyshire Times

There is currently a consultation process in progress via the council before the planning committee makes it’s decision.

Read the whole article here.

Battle of Chesterfield – 750th anniversary event


Sun 15 May 2016

A large, medieval-style event is coming to the town centre to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield.

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including an arena and medieval craft area in New Square, along with music, dancing and games and a battle from the Swords of Mercia recreation group.

The highlight of the day will be a re-enactment of Robert de Ferrers being brought out of the ‘Crooked Spire’ and paraded through town on a medieval style cart. He will then be ‘tried’ in New Square and banished from Chesterfield!

Click here for more

Black & White Buildings of Chesterfield gets Museum Exhibition

Black and White buildings of Chesterfield
Victoria Centre 1930

The story of the Black & White Buildings of Chesterfield is to get its own  exhibition in the Chesterfield Museum.

The exhibition is the result of a long period of research by CADLHS member Janet Murphy who has tirelessly campaigned for these buildings to be recognised as an important part of Chesterfield’s heritage.

The exhibition begins on Monday 18 January and runs to to Saturday 12 March.

Visit the website here –  Black & White Buildings of Chesterfield