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Chesterfield Local History Day - Saturday 22 September

We'll be attending Chesterfield Museum's local history day on Saturday 22 September from 10:00 to 16:00. 

Pop along and have a chat with us and members from other organisations such as the Derbyshire Record Society, Chesterfield and District Civic Society, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Chesterfield Local Studies Library and others, all delving into Chesterfield's past. Maybe stock up on those missing Brimington and Tapton Miscellanies as we will have a range on sale during the day. Admission is free. The museum is situated on Corporation Street, Chesterfield.

Published 13 September 2018


Henry Bradley article available to download.

We have made available a free down-load from an article in Brimington and Tapton Miscellany 10, (for 2018) by Philip Cousins on Henry Bradley.

Henry Bradley (1845-1923) was not born in Brimington, but resided here in his youth, where his father worked for John Knowles's clay pipe and sanitary brick manufacturers outstation and iron smelting business on Brimington Common (the present Furnace Farm). during his time in the area Bradley attended Chesterfield Grammar School. On leaving Brimington in 1859 the family went to live in Sheffield. Bradley became senior and later joint editor of the then infant 'New Oxford English Dictionary', along with other accomplishments. He has made a lasting contribution to the study of the English language and to the Dictionary in particular. This account, by Philip Cousins, covers his early years in Brimington and gives some impression of the work he carried out in his later years. Conditions on Brimington Common along with a short account of John Knowles's activities in the area are also given. 

To down-load the article as a pdf visit our History of the area page. 

Published 5 September 2018.

Our next meeting: 

Our new programme commences on Thursday, 27th September 2018 with: Sutton Scarsdale Hall and the Arkwrights – Paul Halksworth.

Sutton Scarsdale estate was bought by the younger Richard Arkwright of Willersley Castle in 1824 for his son Robert, who had married Frances Crawford Kemble of the famous Newcastle acting family. Frances became the centre of a social circle which included the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Paul Halksworth discusses the social life of Robert and Frances, as well as successive inheritors of the estate. The last owner of the Sutton Scarsdale estate, William Arkwright, sold it in 1919, the Hall being reduced to a roofless shell. The Hall, saved from total destruction by Sir Osbert Sitwell, is now owned by English Heritage. 

All meetings are held in Brimington Community Centre, High Street, Brimington, S43 1DB (next to the Co-Op) and start at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) unless otherwise stated. Admission: Members £1, Visitors £3.

Published 5 September 2018.


Miscellany 10 - for 2017 -  published in  April 2018. Articles comprise the following

Our Passchendale - 2017 - Sally and Stuart Mullins ; A short account of Henry Bradley - Philip Cousins; Brimington's gala queen 1967 - Janet Walmsley; Memories of  Brimington Common Methodist Church - the late A.E. Buckley. Plus our usual chronicle of local events.

It is available at our meetings or fill in the contact form for more details on how to obtain a copy by post.

Published 18 March 2018 revised 11 June 2018











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