A new edition of the Derbyshire volume of The Buildings of England has recently been published. Perhaps better known as Pevsner’s guides, this edition has been edited By Clare Hartwell. Derbyshire is described as ‘one of England’s most rewarding counties, from the architectural splendours of the Peak District to the legacy of internationally significant structures from the Industrial Revolution.
Some entries for Chesterfield are much expanded e.g. Elder Yard Chapel, the Church of the Annunciation and St Andrew, Barrow Hill and there are some new entries e.g. Queen’s Park, the Workhouse and Barrow Hill roundhouse. Originally referred to the ‘ruthlessness Chesterization of Knifesmithgate; Hartwell describes the buildings there as ‘Mainly in Tudor style, half-timbered and jettied out over the pavement to form covered walkways, they make an impressive display. A much better description even if she has the Victoria to the west of the Co-op building rather than the east.
She was not impressed with Belmont: ‘The big, ugly C19 house with a tower has been replaced by a bigger, uglier apartment block with a tower, earlyC21.
Elsewhere there is a mention of the Millennium Walkway at New Mills and Lumsdale. There is also a section entitled ‘Geology and Building Stones’, by Ian Thomas. It is therefore much expanded from the previous edition with 414 pages compared with 733 in the new edition. With much additional information and 121 colour photos this also means that it is expensive at £35.
The Buildings of England Derbyshire, Clare Hartwell, Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-21559-5
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 – email@example.com
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.