Current research

Some members of the group are undertaking research, which may be published in Brimington and Tapton MiscellanyIn addition we are always interested in seeing old photographs of Brimington and Tapton.

Current research areas include the following:

  • The recent history of Wetton Funeral Services Ltd., Ringwood Road Brimington. Miscellany 8 included some reminiscences from the late proprietor Alan Wetton. We want to bring the story up-to-date, particularly since the business was sold outside of the Wetton family.
  • Brimington Cubs and Scouts. 
  • Public transport. Brimington and Tapton was well-served by both locally based operators such as Wettons, Doughty and 'Clocky Brown' along with Chesterfield Corporation and East Midland Motor Services. Can you remember what is was like to travel on Wetton's or Doughty's buses?
  • Local football teams.
  • The story of mains water in Brimington. Tied up with the construction of the Linacre Reservoirs, the coming of piped water to Brimington in the 1860s was fraught with supply difficulties.
  • The Brimington Electric Supply Company. This company purchased electricity from the Staveley Company and resold it to local residents.
  • Thomas Wallhead. Brimington's own hymn tune writer had his work published in the Methodist Hymnal (and others). Tunes included Brimington, Whittington, Sharon and Harvest Home.  He died in the 1920s, having lived on Brimington Common.

If you have anything you think might be of interest please contact us.

R Wetton & Son funeral vehicles, Markham Colliery disaster 1937

R Wetton & Son funeral vehicles near the family home (Rose Cottage) and headquarters, Ringwood Road, Brimington, on the occasion of the Markham Colliery disaster funerals,1937. The business was first formed in the 19th century, continuing in family ownership until the latter part of the 20th century. Like some other businesses the later history is unclear. Research is underway to try and put this right. (Courtesy the late Alan Wetton)

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