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Brimington and Tapton Local History Group is small friendly group interested in the history of Brimington, Tapton and the surrounding area.

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History briefs
  • Where is Brimington and Tapton

    Brimington and Tapton both lie outside the historic town of Chesterfield, in north eastern Derbyshire. Brimington is a mainly urban area, though there are areas of countryside. Like many towns and villages it experienced rapid economic growth during the industrial revolution. In 1851 Brimington had a population of 1103, by 1951 it was 5999. Brimington retains a parish council (first formed in 1891) and a parish church. Tapton is mainly agricultural in nature, though it includes pockets of 20th century housing. Tapton includes Tapton House - best known as the final residence of George Stephenson. 


  • History publications - Brimington

    Probably the best popular account of Brimington is  Brimington: the changing face of a Derbyshire village, published in 1995 by Brimington Parish Council and edited by Philip Cousins. This publication also contains a useful bibliography, but is now out-of-print. The parish council also republished (in 1989), with an update (by Mandy Hicken), Vernon Brelsford's A history of Brimington from the Domesday Survey to 1937. This was originally published in 1937. Both the original and re-published books have been out-of-print for a number of years.

    Brimington and Tapton Local History Group supports the work of the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust (VCH), who are working on up-to-date accounts of Brimington and Tapton, as part of VCH's wider remit to publish authoritative accounts of every community in Derbyshire. See our links page for details of how to access further information on VCH.

    The group publishes a yearly journal - see below for details.


  • History publications - Tapton

    Unlike Brimington there is no popular available account of Tapton. 

    Tapton is probably best known for Tapton House, for which a full history has been written by Len Thompson. He has also written about Tapton House School (which used the house from 1931 until 1991). Both these books are still available. There is also an active association for former pupils at the school. See our links page for further details.


  • History publications - the group's

    The group has always been keen to research and publish articles on local history in Brimington and Tapton (and the surrounding area). 

    To forward this aim it first published its yearly journal Brimington and Tapton Miscellany in 2008. Each year this fully illustrated A4 publication presents a wide ranging series of articles including a local chronicle, which sets out events in Brimington and Tapton over the year each Miscellany covers. Further details, including a list of contents, can be found on our publications page.



Our meeting venue
We meet monthly (except during the summer months) at Brimington Community Centre, High Street, Brimington, S43 1DB. The Centre is right next to the Co-Operative store. For further details see our meetings page.

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