We attended the CADHFS annual fair at the Proact on Saturday 18th May. As always it was a good day, with much to see on the other stalls, and many productive conversations. Thanks to all those who came to see us, and especially to our new members.

CADFHS Fair 2019 Proact 02

CADFHS Fair 2019 Proact 01

Our thanks also go to  CADFHS for once again arranging the event, and we look forward to attending next year.


Streets and Houses

By Philip Riden, Chris Leteve and Richard Sheppard

A major new study of how the town centre has evolved, street by street and house by house. Come to the launching on 16 May 2019 and get this new 200-page, colour-illustrated hardback at the offer
price of £15.


Chesterfield evolved in the twelfth century from a village into a market town, as it remains today. Until the Industrial Revolution, the built-up area was confined to a compact grid of streets centred on a large market place. Today, these streets retain a variety of buildings dating from about 1500 to recent times. This new study looks at how the town centre has developed and at the history of each individual house within the area.


The book, published by the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust, runs to 212 pages (A4 format), with 16 maps and 12 pages of colour plates. It will be launched at a meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 16 May 2019 at St Thomas’ Church Centre, Chatsworth Road. Come along and buy a copy for £15 (normal retail price £20).

Admission Free

St Thomas’ Centre

For location details and directions, please click on the picture.

The information leaflet about the book can be downloaded here.


The Committee of CADLHS would like to apologise to the members and visitors who came to the April meeting expecting an illustrated talk on early Chesterfield. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen because of a computer failure. This was caused by a Microsoft update. As anyone who has suffered a similar failure knows, it happens without warning and it cannot be put right except by a computer expect and then it takes time. We are very grateful to Ed Fordham for coping without visual aids. Ed has kindly given me a copy of his presentation and this will form the basis of a display on Roman Chesterfield at the CADLHS stand at the Family, Local History, Heritage and Crafts Event at the Proact stadium on May 18th (10am-3:30 pm) where we will also have items for sale.