History resources

Resources about Chesterfield and district’s history can be downloaded from this page. There are links to some other useful websites towards the bottom of this page.

Don’t forget to have a look at our current and past newsletters, which contain historical articles on a wide variety of subjects and our chronology of Chesterfield’s history


Miscellany of history articles (April 2016 newsletter ‘insert’)

An insert to our April 2016 newsletter containing articles on:

  • Childhood Memories of Spital by Mrs E Richards
  • Looking Back by Walter R. Allen (memories of the Chester Street area)
  • The Chesterfield Rat catcher – By Sandra Struggles
  • The Zig Zag Railway by L Garlic (first published 1993)
  • One last trip on the Ashover Light Railway – by Geoff Marsden
  • Chesterfield Railway Station – by Les Garlic

History Bites

‘History Bites’ are a series of contributed short articles on a variety of subjects. Click on the download button next to each title to download a pdf. Many of these contributions could previously be found on our website, but somewhat ‘hidden’.

General trades in the Chesterfield district – David Howes

This overview of trades in the Chesterfield area was David Howes’ contribution to an exhibition held in 1998.  It originally appeared in the CADLHS Newsletter, December 1998.


Extract from John Pendleton’s ‘History of Derbyshire’ (1886)

John Pendleton’s ‘History of Derbyshire’, published in 1886, is a largely forgotten work. He is more well-known for his ‘Old and new Chesterfield’ published in 1882 (under a pseudonym ‘Tatler’) and for ‘Modern Chesterfield: its history, legends and progress’ which he co-authored with William Jacques. In truth the extract here has to be treated with some caution, particularly the early history.


Cavendish Stamps and Model Supplies – then and now – Wendy Pockson

A quick look at the former premises of Cavendish Stamps and Model Supplies,75 Saltergate.


The Clarke families of Chesterfield

A short article giving some details of a probate inventory of Godfrey Clarke of Somersall , 1670. It gives a fascinating insight into the comfort in which a member of the seventeenth century lived.


Lychgates – Les Garlic

The late Les Garlic was a great supporter of our local history group and a accomplished amateur local historian. He had many contributions published in our history papers and newsletters. Typical of his wide interests this is a very short article he contributed on Lych-gates.


The Greenhough Medallion – Janet Murphy

Mr A Greenhough was the Headmaster of William Rhodes Senior School from when it opened in 1931 until 1938 when he became the Deputy Borough Education Officer, before becoming Borough Education Officer in 1942. In 1952 he instigated the award of the Greenhough Medallion. Read more about this on our History Bite.


Johnsons’ ironmongers shop on Chatsworth Road – a short appreciation.


A brief history of hospital services in Chesterfield from 1197-1920 – Les Garlic

Another of late Les Garlic’s notes. This one covers the hospital in Chesterfield up to the 1920s.


Hasland – Les Garlick

Les Garlick originally labelled this short paper ‘part 1’ so must have intended there to be a series. Unfortunately we haven’t found any more to add to this collection.


A First World War Chesterfield send-off

Chesterfield’s send-off for its troops as reported in the ‘Derbyshire Times’, Saturday 15 August 1914.


Killed on the same day – 1: the sad fate of two brothers killed at the Somme

A story of just two of the many men killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. But these two were brothers – Adrian and Richard Verner – were killed on the same day.


Killed on the same day – 2: the sad fate of the two Goddard brothers in the First World War

The sad story of two other brothers killed on the same day in the First World War.


“PRESS ON, LADS!” The heroic story of Lt Harry Young, Chesterfield’s last fallen warrior in the Great War – Paul Allonby

This is the sad story of Sub-Lt Harry Young from New Whittington who was the last casualty from the Chesterfield area in the First World War. He was killed in action on November 10th 1918 near Mons. It 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.


Stone for the Houses of Parliament – Christine Richardson

Christine Richardson contributes this story of how stone from North Anston came to be used in the Houses of Parliament and how it got there.

History Links

Take a look at the following sites for more information on our area’s history.

The Dog Kennels

The story of this once notorious area of Chesterfield is told in our former Chairman’s (Peter Maycock’s) website – http://www.thedogkennels.co.uk/

Peter’s video of the area is also available to view on our website.


Horns Bridge

This much changed and fascinating area’s story is told on this website by Peter Maycock and Les Elson.


Mayors of Chesterfield

Do you want to know who has been a mayor of Chesterfield and when? Look no further than this official Chesterfield Borough Council website listing all known mayors.


Historic England logo with link to home page

Listed buildings

Access the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) for a searchable list of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England (including Chesterfield and district). The list gives a brief overview of each site’s history along with an architectural description.

Chesterfield and District Local History Society cannot be held responsible for the content of the above websites.

Page last updated 5 April 2022.

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