Meetings programme

Thursday, 24th October 2019 ‘Running a Great Estate: Chatsworth and Hardwick under the 1st Duke of Devonshire’ – Philip Riden. The 1st Duke of Devonshire succeeded his father in 1684 and died in 1707. This period of Chatsworth’s history is well documented, thanks partly to the survival of about a thousand letters written to the Duke’s senior officer at Hardwick, about half by his opposite number in London and half by a wide variety of other correspondents. This talk will look at what the letters tell us about the Duke and his family, and how his enormous estate was administered. 

Thursday, 28th November 2019 ‘A Victorian Christmas’  - Janet Ridler. How the Christmas we celebrate today had its origins in Victorian Britain, from Christmas trees and turkey to crackers, cards and carols, and with a special look at local Sheffield & South Yorkshire Christmas customs and the Sheffield carols. A fascinating look at traditional Christmas customs to get you in the mood for the festive season. 

Thursday, 12th December 2019 - Members’ Evening. Our Annual General Meeting followed by a Derbyshire History Quiz presented by Paul Freeman, plus mulled wine and mince pies! Open to all – everybody welcome.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020 - Fred Wood’s Staveley Part 1 - Philip Cousins. Fred Wood was a keen local historian particularly of the Staveley area. A founder member of our group, he sadly died in 2018, aged 98.  Part of Fred’s slide collection was gifted to Philip Cousins, who worked with Fred to reconstruct the talks he had given some years ago on old Staveley. We are re-presenting a series of three talks, using Fred’s collection, in memory of him. Tonight’s talk will focus on a general introduction to the history of Staveley and the Parish Church, before looking at the town centre, Hartington, Lowgates, the Great Central Railway station and shed, finishing with views of Hall Lane.

Thursday, 27th February 2020 - The History of Some Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield  – David Templeman. A look at some of Sheffield’s oldest suburbs – some ranging from Domesday Book; others having Anglo-Saxon and Viking origins. 

Thursday, 26th March 2020 - Fred Wood’s Staveley Part 2 – Philip Cousins. The second in our series of illustrated talks on old Staveley, commemorating the life of local historian Fred Wood.  This talk takes another look at Staveley town centre, High Street, Staveley Cross, Chesterfield Road, including the Great Central Railway’s Nags Head cutting and the Methodist Church. 

Thursday, 23rd April 2020 - “The History of Railways in and around Chesterfield”  – Glynn Waite. The North Midland Railway, Great Central Railway/Manchester Sheffield and South Lincolnshire Railway, Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, and a host of branches serving local industries and pits. will be explored in this illustrated talk. Glynn will be teasing out the fascinating history of our local railway lines.

Thursday, 28th May 2020 - Fred Wood’s Staveley Part 3 – Philip Cousins. In the third and final part of Fred Wood’s Staveley, we look at some communities a little further afield. Photographs old and more recent include Arkwright, Poolsbrook, the Woodthorpe Alms Houses, Netherthorpe School, Inkersall, Barrow Hill, Hollingwood, Ringwood and Staveley Works. Also featured are some photographs of Ireland Colliery, including the destruction of the head-stocks. Finally we will briefly look at CP Markham’s influence on the area. 

Thursday, 25th June 2020 - OUTSIDE VISIT – TO BE ADVISED

SUMMER BREAK - no meetings in July or August

Our new programme commences on Thursday, 24th September 2020 with 'Through Kirton Tunnel  – A Railway Journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes  – Part 2' – Stephen Gay. The second part of our journey based on Stephen's 2004 published book 'Through Kirton Tunnel - A Railway Journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes'. We continue from where we left the last presentation at Kirton Lindsey, passing through the market town of Brigg and proceeding via Wrawby Junction we head for Grimsby and our final destination at the seaside resort of Cleethorpes. Our evening concludes with a journey up the scenic North Lincolnshire branch line to Barton-on-Humber.

Future Meeting Dates:

Thursday, 22nd October 2020*

Thursday, 26th November 2020*

Thursday, 10th December 2020**

*Speakers to be advised

**Christmas Meeting


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