Seasons greetings from CADLHS

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very happy Christmas. Our thanks for your interest in the Chesterfield and District Local History Society during 2023.

Until our next post we’ll sign off with these two seasonal pictures of Chesterfield’s High Street and Burlington Street in Christmas 1984 – which to some of us doesn’t seem that far away!

High Street, looking from the Market Place end, Christmas 1984. The photographer – Chris Hollis – wouldn’t have had access to expensive camera equipment in those days – so the shots are a little grainy. He most likely took them as a personal record of some of the work he had contributed to – as he actually helped install the Christmas lights. (Collection Philip Cousins – the late Chris Hollis).
Looking from Burlington Street towards High Street, Christmas 1984. Can you see the ‘W’ sign just peeping out from the left. This marked the premises of Woolworth’s. Once a much loved high street shop across the country. The long sign of Ernest Millers dominated the opposite side of Burlington Street for many years. They were women’s outfitters. (Collection Philip Cousins – the late Chris Hollis).

The photographs are in the collection of one of our members and were taken by the late Chris Hollis. Chris actually helped put the lights up as part of the borough council’s streetlighting team. In those days streetlighting was undertaken by the borough – and to a pretty high standard too.

We won’t be meeting until 19 February 2024, but we will continue to occasionally post on here, but more especially on our Facebook page with our usual mix of items that we think might be of interest to you. (So don’t forget to follow us on Facebook).

We hope you have a great Christmas and a happy new year. We’re looking forward to seeing you again at our February 2024 meeting.