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Thursday, 24th January 2019: Markham & Co - From Blacksmiths to Channel Tunnel Borers  – Peter Hawkins. 

Peter worked for Markham's for nearly 40 years and has gathered much information about the company's 160 year history. This talk will be an overview of the story from  1836 when John Oliver acquired a blacksmith's business in Chesterfield. Later becoming Oliver & Co it was bought  by Charles Paxton Markham in 1889. It was famous for making water turbines and tunnel boring machines which were supplied all over the world as well as making  many other products. Sadly it closed in Chesterfield in 1998.

Published 07 January 2019.


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.

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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