DARLEY ABBEY HISTORICAL GROUP


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FOUNDED 2004

Chairman – Alan Bradwell (tel. 557203)

Secretary – Marie Gibson (tel. 552837)

New members always welcome. See our Membership section

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NEWSLETTER APRIL 2019 No. 86

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th April, Marie Gibson will deliver Part 2 of her talk on “Derby Pubs in WW1 Project”

On 17th May, DACA will hold their AGM briefly, to be followed by a talk by David Down on “Mastermind”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in recent “Church”, “Images” and other magazines.

EVENTS

Open Day &  Fayre

DAHG is holding an Open Day and Fayre on Saturday 27th April 2019  10 am – 12noon in the Village Hall.

We need help to fill our stalls with Plants, Tombola Prizes, unwanted Xmas presents and cakes. There will be a display of “The Erica Perry Collection of boards about the History of Darley Abbey”, recently donated by her family, along with local photographs and memorabilia.

Bring your plants, books etc. on the morning 9 – 10am.

We also need help setting up, running and taking down on the day from around 9 am.

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey.

We DAHG will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall.  We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards.

We are looking through our Archive for Church-related material and we are collaborating with the Church sub-committee over display material. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes & Victorian dress.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

We will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” on Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm in the Village Hall.   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Week with a “Transport” theme, and there will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.  Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?

There will be no Village Tour Walk this year unless a Leader and Steward come forward.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

RESEARCH

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  For these projects to take off, we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and the scanning and storage of photos, perhaps for eventual issue as DAHG Reports.  Any Volunteers ?

See later in Tony’s section ….

Burley Hill Pottery

A bit of literature – and map – searching has found the location of the clay-pits used for the pottery and the possibility of some coal-pits for the kilns, in the fields adjacent Burley Hill.  A brief dowsing survey showed that the River Ecclesbourne used to run to the west of the A6 Duffield Rd. all the way to Burley Hill, where there was probably a wharf or quay, for transport of goods.  A Report will be issued shortly.

Darley Slade Gatehouse –  no response from DCC yet regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                      )

New Road Trenches;                          )

Church Lane Culvert;                          )  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

Lavender Row Culvert;                       )  perhaps when the weather improves.

Ice-house Display Area                       )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —     no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path — no news yet, but Jack Stanton in Allestree Life magazine suggests it is going forward. Query sent to DCC and we await their response.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact and this is becoming a fascinating aspect of our group’s work and for our Archives/Library team of Barrie and Liz.

Recently we/they have established that one Darley ancestor lived in a very old part of Derby, off London Road. This was featured in the Derby Telegraph Bygones section, with a couple of photos. See here, https://drive.wps.com/d/APtFCdfl9vsjgIDAsvv9EQ 

Look out for more on the above story, as we receive new info. in the coming weeks and months.

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.  The Blog address is at the bottom of this email however, if you have a smartphone, you can ‘jump’ to the Blog by scanning the QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) below left. It even has our logo within it.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 30 countries around the world, the latest being Burkina Faso. We’re also well through the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive around 6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

The new committee listing is now on the website following the AGM. Draft, meeting minutes are written.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019 No. 85

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 15th March, Andrew Kawalek will talk on “Education in Egypt”.

On 19th April, Marie Gibson will deliver Part 2 of her talk on “Derby Pubs in WW1 Project”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in recent “Church”, “Images” and other magazines.

EVENTS

DACA Village Hall Spring Cleaning Day 

Thanks to all DAHG Members who helped on the day.  All the chairs and tables were cleaned and put away to make way for the new daily-use chairs.    The store-room where our filing-cabinets are kept was cleared and re-organised, plus a large cupboard, acquired from DACA to store our larger items such as banners and display boards, was installed and loaded.

Open Day &  Fayre

On Saturday 27th April 2019  10 am -12noon, DAHG is holding an Open Day and Fayre in the Village Hall.

We need help to fill our stalls with Plants, Tombola Prizes, unwanted Xmas presents and cakes.  Bring your items to us early in the morning.

There will be a display of “The Erica Perry Collection of information boards about the History of Darley Abbey”, recently donated to the group by her family, along with local photographs and memorabilia.

We, also need help setting up, running and taking down on the day from around 9 am.

St. Mathew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey., https://stmatthewschurchdarleyabbey.wordpress.com/bicentenary/#

On Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall. we, DAHG, will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) relevant to the Church’s history   We will need helpers for setting up at 12:30 and clearing away afterwards.

We are looking through our Archive for Church-related material and we are collaborating with the Church sub-committee over display material. If you have family records or photos from early St. Matthew’s history, could you lend these for the Exhibition?   We will look after them carefully.

We will also have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors and start your Family Tree. Come and find out about your Darley house in the past.

Darley WI will also provide a Victorian Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with tea & cakes & Victorian dress.

Our event is under the banner, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” being promoted by DACA.

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

On Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm, in the Village Hall, we will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey”   This is our part of the Derwent Valley Mills Transport-themed Discovery Week. There will be special ‘transport’ events along the whole valley.

Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Monastic Tracks to Canals to Railways to Trams and Trolley Buses.  Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?

There will be no Village Tour Walk this year unless a Leader and Steward come forward.

Roy and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Talks Programme –  Pick up your copy of the Programme, or see it in the Events section of this site.  If you picked up a copy earlier, check the dates on it – many are wrong, giving Saturdays rather than the 3rd. Friday.

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

This display and loom will be in St. Matthew’s Church from 29th March to 18th April. If you can spare an hour to help look after the display, contact the church secretary at, steds.stmatts@outlook.com

Derbyshire Archaeological Society – has moved its Library from Derby Central to Strutts Community Centre in Belper.  It will be open 2nd Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm. and last Saturday 10.00 – 12 noon per month.

RESEARCH

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  For these projects to take off, we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and the scanning and storage of photos, perhaps for eventual issue as DAHG Reports.  Any Volunteers ?

Reports

Two new Reports have been issued by AB :-

No. 102 shows how Monasteries in the East Midlands were always built ON Roman Roads, probably for good communications between the brotherhoods.  This means that the Abbey of Darley must lie on a Roman Road; that of the ridge through the Park.

No. 103 examines the ‘Darley’ place-name, which occurs three times in Derbyshire, but few times in other counties, and its relationship to lead-production and ancient Monastic and Roman sites.

Darley Slade Gatehouse –  no response from DCC yet.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                       )

New Road Trenches;                            )

Church Lane Culvert;                           )  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;          )  perhaps when the weather improves.

Lavender Row Culvert;                          )

Ice-house Display Area                         )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —     no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —    no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path —   no news yet, but Jack Stanton in Allestree Life magazine suggests it is going forward.

Tony Lintott adds …….

DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Our Blog has now been accessed in 27 countries around the world. This month we should break the 5000 page-hits barrier. We get, on average, 6 hits per day. Not bad for such a small group.

The new committee listing is now on the website following the AGM.  Draft meeting minutes are written.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019 No.84

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 18th February, Chris Vasper will talk on “Marathon des Sables”.

On 15th March, Andrew Kavalek will talk on “Education in Egypt”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. this year, despite what is published in recent “Church” , “Country Images”  and similar publications featuring our calendar. See the Events 2019 page for full details.

EVENTS

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebration – St. Matthews Weblink

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey and the Church Planning Group has issued its rough programme for the weeks 17th – 30th June.

We, DAHG, will hold an Exhibition of our Archive material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc. relevant to the Church’s history on Saturday 29th June from 1 – 4pm. in the Village Hall as part of a, “Who would live in a place like Darley Abbey?” themed event.  We will need helpers beforehand, for setting up, and afterwards for clearing away on 29th;  times to be finalised and advised later in the year.

Librarian Barrie is busy sorting and cataloguing the Archive and is revealing new material for the Church exhibition. We will have a display of Family History material, where you can look up your Darley ancestors to start your Family Tree. Find out about your house in Darley in the past too.

Darley WI will be creating a Vintage Tea Room to complement the Exhibition, with refreshments and cakes & appropriate dress.

Lots more information to come, we’re absolutely sure.

Talks Programme – Margaret has arranged a full programme of Talks for 2019.  Pick up your copy of the Programme, or see view it in this Blog.  If you picked up a printed copy recently, check the dates on it – many are wrong, giving Saturdays rather than the 3rd. Friday.

DACA Village Hall Spring Cleaning Day  — DACA Chair Janet Dean has asked for Volunteers from all Groups who use the Village Hall to help with a Spring Clean.  The date is Saturday 23rd February starting at 09.00am and finishing at 12.00 noon, with a cheese & biscuit & refreshments lunch, to be over by 1pm.  Typical tasks are ;- scrubbing tables; removing stored chairs for thorough vacuuming; washing & painting front doors; planting flowers in front beds & Font; painting notice-boards;  etc; etc.  All materials & tools provided.  Put your name on the list if you can make it. We could also use the time working in our files area assisting Barrie our Librarian. 

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley    The exhibition and installation is now at Re(Space) in Milford until the 5 March. Website link, HERE – COMING TO DARLEY ABBEY SOON. See the Events page. 

Ticknall Pottery – Finds from archaeological digs in Ticknall will be on display at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote during February. Website link, HERE

Derbyshire Archaeological Society – has moved its Library from Derby Central  to Strutts Community Centre in Belper.  It will be open 1 Wednesday pm. and 1 Saturday am. per month, starting 23rd February. Stop Press weblink, HERE

RESEARCH

Painting Gift

We, DAHG, have been gifted by Margaret Bennett a framed oil-painting (dated c. 1880) by local artist Enoch Crosland.  It is an excellent painting showing St. Matthew’s Church and Darley House from below the weir, much like the view on the Crown Derby plate shown on the Deans Field Information Board.  It will be on display at the next meeting and also at the Church Exhibitions in June.

We are very grateful to Margaret who has links to Darley via her Grandmother Frances Shaw.

New Projects

In the last few months we have received communications from Old (i.e. ex-) Darley folk (both living in Darley & elsewhere in the UK), who have shared their old photos and memories written down.  This has prompted us to start two new Projects :-

  1. A) – “Darley Memories” will bring together people’s recollections of growing up and living in Darley and the events which affected them, such as old school routines, working in the mills etc. We will bolt these together as we receive them and issue them as DAHG Reports, for DAHG Members to read and compare notes.  We already have text from David Thurman and Alison Pocklington.
  2. B) – “Darley Photos” will ask residents of Old Darley to borrow their photographs of places and events, which we will copy by scanning into computer and store electronically, for future reference, before returning them to the owners.  These could also be compiled into DAHG Reports, much like Erica Perry’s “Up Darley, Down Darley” Book.  We have already had photos from Alison Pocklington (see later) and promised  from Val & Roy Greenhalgh.  But this project needs a Co-ordinator/Manager with photo & scanning & fettling & storage & cataloguing experience  —  any volunteers ?

Darley Slade Gatehouse – Our surveys of Darley Park reveal that there are many buried building-foundations between The Slade and the Village Hall/Deans Field.  Two buildings at The Slade also appear on the earliest Darley map (1708), proving the dowsing surveys, and we would  like to investigate these, as they may be related to the Abbey, perhaps as a southern Gatehouse to the monastic precinct.

Before excavations can begin, we need to confirm the surveys by recognised archaeological surveys, and get DCC permission for these and for a possible future Dig.  We have started the process of asking permission of DCC, and if positive, will then seek funding from various sources..

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                                    )

New Road Trenches;                                         )

Church Lane Culvert;                                        )  no progress on these surveys yet

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;                       )

Lavender Row Culvert;                                      )

Ice-house Display Area                                     )

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development  —  one of the three sites is up for sale again; but no information yet after the trenching.

Church Lane – 1 house development  —   no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path —   no news yet

Tony Lintott adds

Lovely unbroken walls, neat iron railings and  …………….. no traffic!  Can you name that dog?

Picture sent to us by Alison Pocklington.

Darley Abbey Mile Ash Lane

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the webpages to make them even more interesting.  We’re now seen in 28 countries around the world!

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018 No. 83

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 21st December,

Vicar Peter Barham will talk on “Reflections on Commemorating WW1”

This is Fuddle Night too – Remember to bring food & drink for yourself and to share.

Here is our posh lunch on the Ice House dig.  Note the posh tablecloth !

 

On 18th January 2019  it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which we elect new Officers and Committee members.

Members are welcome to join the Committee to help run the Group.

We have spaces !

 

 

Following the AGM, Alan Bradwell will talk on “Recent Research in Darley Abbey”, followed by a Group discussion on “Projects for the Future”.  (see below)   We need your ideas about what to research next.

The 2019  Events listing, with our meetings, is now on this website.  Hard copies available at meetings. Thank you Margaret !

EVENTS

Raffle

Tickets are still available for the prize of a fine bottle of port and other prizes. See Sheila Hartle at the December meeting.   Proceeds will go to raising funds for the Group.   The draw will take place before the Fuddle on the 21st December.

St. Matthew’s Church 200 yr. Celebrations

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. A small committee has been formed to plan some celebrations in June and all local groups are invited to take part. The details still have to be thought through, but the principal dates are Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th at the church, and Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June in the Village Hall.   Events will be – the church open on each of these days, a village concert on 22nd, Bishop Jan, the Bishop of Repton, taking the Sunday morning service on 23rd, a celebration exhibition on 24th and a joint service with St Edmund’s church to mark the end of the celebrations on 30th.   Lots of ideas are emerging; we will be taking part with an Exhibition & display of material (maps, brochures, newspapers, etc.) from the DAHG Archive relevant to the church on Sat. 29th June.

The next Darley Abbey Day will be held back to Saturday 20 June 2020.

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

This display will be in Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and other venues down the Derwent Valley in the first half of 2019.

There is also a musical event on the theme at the Derby Theatre on 19th January 2019. Go to https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/warp-weft-bringing-derwentwise-life for more information and to book online.

RESEARCH

Grants for Projects

The outcome of the 1-day Legacy and Funding Workshop held in the Village Hall on 20th Nov. is that Derwentwise grants are available up to £2000 for local projects.  However the Heritage Lottery (HLF) Grants for larger projects (like “Ice-house”) are suspended until the middle of 2019, whilst HLF re-assess their aims and the grant packages.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;                        )

New Road Trenches;                             )

Church Lane Culvert;                            )

Burley Hill/ Ice-house Pottery;            ) no progress yet on these surveys & investigations

Lavender Row Culvert;                         )

Ice-house Display Area                         )

Nutwood – behind the Vicarage         )

New Projects

The January meeting will have a Group discussion on what we have achieved since 2004, and what new Projects members would like to see achieved in the future.   The updated 2004 Project List is available via the Downloads tab of this website,  It shows Projects finished and new Projects not yet started.    We need your ideas.

It doesn’t have to be digging in the Park !    It can be library research on Darley history (as Thorsten’s book), it can be your written reminiscences of growing up through the Old School, or working in the mills.   We have no records of what Old-School life, or mill-life was like.  It can be collecting and copying villagers’ old photos of Darley and publishing them in our DAHG Reports.    Let’s hear your Project ideas.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development                   )

Church Lane 1 house development                )  no news yet

Darley Park multi-user path                            )

ADMINISTRATION

Library

Our HonSec Marie has shown Barrie Lockwood (who volunteered to become Librarian at the last meeting) the contents of the DAHG Library and how it is currently organised.   He will be looking at how to make it available to members.

Some of the 14 Volumes from 1915 -18 of “WW1 History as it Happened” will be on display at the next meeting; apologies for their not being available at last month’s meeting.

We still need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds  ……………

Further to Alan’s comments regarding old photos in “New Projects” above

A great idea has come forward which should involve the whole village.

Do you have photos old Darley? ….. Would you be prepared to allow copies of your pictures to be put into an archive? …… Next year DACA, along with DAHG, will be seeking to develop a new group in the village, “The Darley Abbey Photographic Archive”, a.k.a. DAPA.

Would you like to be part of this new group? ….. Do you have skills which lend themselves to photo archiving? …. Do you have the technology and equipment already? ….. Are you willing to participate deeply and, perhaps, put yourself forward as the group leader?

This could be a really exciting project and of huge benefit to our village.  Details of the project launch are being worked on and will be announced in the usual way. Please, please give it lots of thought!  Contact us by email to register your interest.

 

Congratulations to Tanya Spilsbury (Darley Abbey Stables) for her recent award, “Restoration of an Historic Building in an Urban Setting”.  Here is a scan of an article about it.  Darley Stables Award

 

Interesting info on Derwent ParkHERE   Scroll down the webpage you will reach and look for the subject matter.

 

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address:  https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

 

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018 No. 82

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 16th November     Richard Stone will talk on “The Medieval Luttrell Psalter”. Watch a video, with music

On 21st December      Vicar Peter Barham will talk on, “Reflections on the WW1 100th Anniversary Commemorations”. Bound to be interesting!

This is Fuddle Night too – Remember to bring food & drink for yourself and to share with others.

EVENTS

DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary / DAHG Exhibition

Thanks to all who took part in the DVM Discovery Day. 

Roy & Sheila led 20+ visitors around the Village and Mills.

With lots of helpers, the display screens were soon erected in the Village Hall and the WW1 displays & maps put up.  There were displays of men who died and survived, by Peter Taylor and Liz & Barrie Lockwood; there were personal WW1 memorabilia by Mike Taylor, Julie Barlow, Roy & Sheila, Tony L., John Worthy, plus our own DAHG Archive of WW1 uniforms & letters & postcards.  There was a large display by Hazel Thomson of the part played by Derby Parks towards the progress of the War. (See “Fact and Fabrication” below) It was all very interesting and well worth displaying and discussing.  There was good attendance by visitors and Helen L. sold over £60-worth of books, mugs, cotton reels & recipe books.  Four visitors also joined DAHG for 2019.  We made a total of £122 for the half-day.  Well done everyone.

Raffle

Tickets are still available for the prize of a fine bottle of port and other prizes. See Sheila Hartle at the November meeting. Proceeds will go to raising funds for the Group.   The draw will take place at the December meeting.

RESEARCH

Grants for Projects

Derwentwise is holding a 1-day Legacy and Funding Workshop in the Village Hall on Tues. 20th Nov. 9am to 3pm to inform us what grants are available for local projects and how to apply for them.  We have a long list of possible projects YOU could undertake (see Newsletter No 73 & Blog to download the list), so turn up on the day if you would like to get involved and to get more information.

Ongoing Projects

Please refer to recent Newsletters. There are no updates on activities as we’ve been too busy. We’ve also attended the Darley Abbey Stay Warm event from which we could gain  more members.

 PLANNING APPLICATION – New Road (again)

You will recall that a bid to build 3 houses on allotments on New Road was rejected last year by DCC after objections from local residents, DAHG and others.  Two weeks ago we were alerted by locals to a JCB digger on site digging 2 long trenches.  We alerted the City Archaeologist, but it seems it was all above board – the new land owners were employing professional archaeologists to determine whether there were significant ruins (Abbey) on the site, before making another Planning Application to build houses.  We now await the results of the dig and whether the owners will push for Planning Applications.  More news when we have it.

 REMINDERS

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

Church Lane CulvertPermission has been given by DCC for a new house to be built on the green lane and garden between Nos. 26 & 26A on Church Lane. Keep your eyes peeled for the diggers who may reveal something interesting to our group.

ADMINISTRATION

Librarian

We have to thank Barrie Lockwood who volunteered to become Librarian at the last meeting and a Committee member. He will be learning what we hold in the Archive and how to make it available to members.

A Recent Phone Call from a lady moving house asked if we wanted 14 bound volumes of a “History of WW1” published in 1918, 100 years ago!  She had seen our WW1 exhibition on the internet.  I have taken possession of the volumes, otherwise destined for the skip, to see what they contain & whether we should keep them, or find another home for them.  Some Volumes will be on display at the next meeting.

Risk Assessment

We have been instructed by DACA to undertake a Risk Assessment survey for our DAHG Meetings, as part of a wider Risk Assessment currently underway for the Village Hall.

We still need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds …….

2019 will mark the bicentenary of St Matthew’s Church in Darley Abbey. A small committee has been formed to plan some celebrations in June and all local groups are invited to take part. The details still have to be thought through, but the principal dates are Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Sunday 30th June. Events will be – the church open on each of these days, a village concert on 22nd, Bishop Jan, the bishop of Repton, taking the Sunday morning service on 23rd, a celebration exhibition on 24th and a joint service with St Edmund’s church to mark the end of the celebrations on 30th. Lots of ideas are emerging and Jason Kennedy, the Diocesan Missioner, will be chairing a discussion on possible celebration activities and events. DAHG are invited to that discussion and contribute to the ideas that will flow! The meeting will be on Sunday 2nd December, after the morning Church service.

The next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

And finally, October was our second-best month ever for hits on the website. Of course we have to exclude the Ice House Dig period from this measure as it was a quite remakable time for hits. The fact is, the website is attracting many readers and, hopefully, encouraging them to become members of the group.

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Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2018 No. 81

 Thorsten Sjolin –  RIP

Thorsten Sjolin, our past Vice-Chairman, died on 21st September, after illness for a few years.

Thorsten and Rosemary were in at the start of DAHG in 2004; Thorsten took the role of Vice-Chairman in 2012 until 2015, after which he was too ill to attend meetings.

He was keen to support DAHG and set up several items to raise funds; his researches into the history of Darley Abbey, as reported in the local newspapers from 1800 onwards, he published as a book in 2015, which is still selling well. 

He and Rosemary were enthusiastic Family History researchers and published quality books for their wider family in the UK and abroad.  Thorsten was an avid collector and reader of history books, several of which he donated to the DAHG Archive.

We hereby record his work for DAHG, which will not be forgotten.

 Our sympathy to Rosemary and their Family.  

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NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th October         Tim Coltman will talk on “The Life of William Coltman – Awarded VC”.

On 16th November     Richard Stone will talk on “The Medieval Luttrell Psalter”.  Open the following link to video inspired  by the psalter, Watch video, with music

EVENTS – Updated 30 October

Shame the weather wasn’t better for the Mill and Village walk, however …… A brilliant afternoon with lots of truly interested visitors. Thanks to all the contributors for their hard work in the preparation of exhibits and for being on-hand to speak to the merry throng. Clearing up was a breeze too!

  • Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the Village and Mills from 10.00 to 13.00 starting from Mill View Gardens, finishing at the Village Hall.
  • We have booked the Village Hall from 12.30 to 17.00, for a DAHG Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme.   We will exhibit items from our Archive and other sources, relative to WW1.
  • Liz Lockwood will show her analysis of Darley soldiers who returned safely from WW1 and the links they had in the village.
  • Mike Taylor will display WW1 Memorabilia from the British Legion.
  • The Church will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the Great War with their biographies from the Church magazine.
  • Hazel Thompson will display WW1 material from the Derby Open Spaces Group, along with modern patchwork.
  • Tony Lintott and Roy Hartle have personal WW1 memorabilia on display.
  • There is a poppy trail around the village , thanks to the Stevenson Family.
  • Please send us your further ideas on how DAHG can commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November.   If you have personal WW1 material, photos, letters, newspaper cuttings, medals, particularly with a Darley reference, which could enhance our exhibition, please get in touch or bring them to the exhibition.  No need to leave them; you can stay and supervise and oversee them.
  • Helpers will be needed to set up and take down the display screens, to look after the exhibits, answer questions and sell DAHG items to the public.  Put your name on the staffing list at the next meeting.

Fact & Fabrication Textile Installation and Exhibition – Glimpses of WW1 in the Derwent Valley

  • Cromford Mill from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 11th November
  • High Peak Junction from Monday 12th November to 9th December
  • It will also be in Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and other venues down the Derwent Valley in the first half of 2019.  Dates to be confirmed.
  • Music to accompany the Exhibition available at , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfQ0qRa8eKQ
  • Further information available from, https://factfabrication.wordpress.com/

RAFFLE

Tickets will be available from Sheila Hartle for the prize of a fine bottle of port and other prizes at the October & November meetings, to raise funds for the Group.   The draw will take place at the December meeting.  Remember to bring food and drink to share at the December meeting.

RESEARCH

Spinney Close Tunnels

We have not had time to investigate these further, but an old Darley schoolboy (David Thurman) spotted our investigations on the Blog and sent us some interesting notes about how he used to play in the Darley House ruins there.   He also sent interesting information about the old water supplies in Darley.  More on this in a future newsletter.

Ice-house / Burley Hill Pottery

 Pottery from the Ice-house dig will be on show at the 27th Oct. Exhibition.  Here’s a preview.

Alan’s Burley Pottery report No: 94/2018 can be found in our Research Reports Library, accessible to DAHG members.

Church Lane Culvert

Permission has been given by DCC for a new house to be built on the green lane and garden between Nos. 26 & 26A on Church Lane.  There is a stream (now probably culverted) in this dip in Church Lane, which will be exposed as the building work begins; please watch to see if it is exposed – we need to record it.  The stream / culvert fed fountains and water features in the old gardens of Darley House on the East side of Church Lane.

Grants for Projects

DerwentWise is holding a 1-day Legacy and Funding Workshop in the Village Hall on Tues. 20th Nov. 9am to 3pm to inform us what grants are available for local projects and how to apply for them.  We have a long list of possible projects YOU could undertake (see Newsletter No 73 & Blog), so turn up on the day if you would like to get involved and get more information.

ADMINISTRATION

Committee Meeting.  —  The proposed changes to future meetings (to start 2019 meetings at 7pm rather than 7.30pm and to charge all-comers (Members and Visitors) £1.50) was approved by a vote of members at the September meeting.

Librarian Vacancy         We still need a Librarian for the Group.           Volunteers, please step forward !

Also we need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Events being planned for June 2019 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew’s Church. Hence, the next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address:

https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Weblog Editor

NEWSLETTER SEPT 2018 No. 80

NEXT  MEETING. – On 21st September, Colin Stewart will talk on “Calke Abbey – from Medieval Priory to  Elizabethan Mansion”

On 19th October Tim Coltman will talk on “The Life of William Coltman – Awarded VC”

EVENTS

DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

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  • Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the Village on Saturday 27th Oct.
  • We have booked the Village Hall for Saturday 27th October, 12.00 – 17.00, for a DAHG Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme.   We will exhibit items from our Archive and other sources, relative to WW1.
  •  Liz Lockwood is working on an analysis of Darley soldiers who returned safely and the links they had in the village.
  • Nick Clarke will present on Derby Parks in WW1.
  • _20180910_114622Mike Taylor will have WW1 Memorabilia from the British Legion on display.
  • The Church will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War with their biographies in the Church magazine.
  • Hazel Thompson will have display material from the Derby Open Spaces Group along with modern patchwork etc.
  • Tony Lintott and Roy Hartle have personal memorabilia.
  • There will be a knitted poppy trail.
  • Please send us your further ideas on how DAHG can commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November.

Train &Tram Talks – Vicar Peter Barham will reminisce about his first visit to Crich Tramway Museum 40 years ago and show films of Trams & Trains on Saturday, 22nd September at 3pm & 7.30pm in The Fellowship Room.

Derby Book Festival – Takes place in May – June 2019, but there is an early taster on Tuesday “3rd October 2018 at 7.30pm  in the Quad, Derby when Paddy Ashdown will talk about ‘Hitler’ in “An Evening with Paddy Ashdown”. Tickets £7 from Quad.

Country Images Magazine – This month’s issue has a feature on “Darley Abbey” and we have contributed an article on DAHG and its aims and progress. Useful publicity. See this link to the magazine pages  Digital Viewing

200 Years of St Matthews – Events being planned for June 2019 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew’s Church. Hence, the next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.

RESEARCH

Village Trough / Font and Village Memories

We had little response for information on The Font until a lady who had done a project on Darley Abbey as a student emailed that she had seen The Font and met its owners in 1966 and written a Report on it, and the village, which she still had.  The Font’s owners had a magical tale about it and the monks of Darley Abbey.

We duly met her here in Darley and she loaned us the Report, which we have copied into DAHG Report No 97, which can be loaned.  There are some fabulous village photos in the report with No traffic  to be seen !!

Ice Houses

Tony & Alan visited Calke Abbey on the weekend of 20th/21st July to see the dig on remains similar to our Ice-house.

 

 

 

Their Ice-house had identical red-brick octagonal foundations, but there were two layers of wall and drains in the floor, making it more likely to be a Game-larder rather than a Summer-house like ours.

Ice-House Pottery

The medieval pottery finds from the Ice-House dig has been analysed by a pottery expert, and a Report issued.  There were three definite samples of pottery from the Burley Hill kilns at Allestree Park.  This Report has been incorporated into our DAHG Report No. 94 on our Dowsing survey at Allestree Park of the kiln site, which shows there are many buried buildings on the site, and culverts related to Burley Grange, which was owned by the Abbey of Darley.  The site is one of the few early medieval (11th – 13th) pottery sites known in Derbyshire.   There have been excavations there in 1862, 1957, 2000 and 2007 and much pottery has been unearthed, but not much is known about the location of the kilns.

Tunnels off Spinney Close – Another Ice-House ?

We have not had time to progress this project further just yet.

If you have any information on their history, let us know.

 

Village Hall Lawn Hole

Tony & Alan went probing the Hall lawn to find out how deep the hollow section is below ground.  The picture shows our probe well down in the hole,  with space below we believe.

We have made some proposals to DACA & DCC Parks to investigate the hole and then fill  it in to make it safe.

 

 

Darley Park Multi-user Path

Pending reply from Janet Dean & Steve Baker

 ADMINISTRATION

Committee Meeting.  We held a Committee Meeting in August and the Minutes of that meeting have been circulated to you as agreed.   The main proposals are to start meetings at 7pm rather than 7.30pm and to charge all-comers (Members and Visitors) £1.50 – Commencing the 2019 season. – Ratified, at 21 September 2018 meeting.

Librarian Vacancy

We still need a Librarian for the Group.           Volunteers, please step forward !

Also we need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Explore the historic Derwent Valley with your GPS Smartphone. Go to this web address: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

 DAHG Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

And finally – This Website is now viewed in 24 countries. How cool is that :))

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Weblog Editor – Tony Lintott

 

NEWSLETTER JULY 2018 No. 79

NEXT  MEETING. – On 20th July Jonathan Oates will talk on “St. Chad”.

There will be no meeting in August.  Your Committee will meet at 7.30pm on 17th August to discuss progress.

EVENTS

We hope to visit Calke Abbey on the weekend of 21st/22nd July to see a dig on remains similar to our Ice-house.

Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

  • Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the Village on Saturday 27th Oct.
  • We have booked the Village Hall for Saturday 27th October, 12.00 – 17.00, for a DAHG Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme.   We will exhibit items from our Archive and other sources, relative to WW1.
  •  Liz Lockwood is working on an analysis of Darley soldiers who returned safely and the links they had in the village.
  • Mike Taylor will have WW1 Memorabilia from the British Legion on display.
  • The Church will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War with their biographies in the Church magazine.
  • As part of Vicar Peter’s WW1 commemorations, Adrian Farmer of DVM/WHS will talk at 14.30 on Tuesday 24th July, in the Fellowship Room, on “Belper in WW1” and “The Darley Abbey Mill Strike of 1917”.
  • There will be a knitted poppy trail.
  • Please send us your further ideas on how DAHG can commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November.

And …… by October …….. there will be many more activities!

RESEARCH

Ice-House Pottery

The medieval pottery finds from the Ice-House dig have been passed to a pottery expert to assess its character, place of manufacture and age, and issue a Report.  Initial assessment shows that some of it was probably made at the local Duffield potteries at Burley Hill / King St.  We will not be seeking funding for this study.

AB has been surveying the site of the Burley Hill pottery in Allestree Park; it is one of the few early medieval (11th – 13th) pottery sites known in Derbyshire.   There have been excavations there in 1862, 1957, 2000 and 2007 and much pottery has been unearthed, but not much is known about the location of the kilns; there are some good examples of Burley Hill jugs in Derby Museum.  We hope our surveys can add something to locating the kilns.

Another Ice-House ?

Recently we were alerted to the discovery of an underground tunnel off Spinney Close, possibly another ice-house.

TL and AB went and examined the site and subsequently carried out a dowsing survey (with permission) in two gardens above the tunnel.  We detected that there were three parallel tunnels, going back 20m. under the steep terraced gardens; the residents then confirmed there had been three tunnels.

The exposed tunnel had been seen and photographed by AB in 2007 when the site was being developed.  We do not know their age or function, but since this was originally the site of the Evans’s Darley House of 1785, they must be related to that house.  We think they might be stables or coaching store or wine cellars or general storage, but not an ice-house, because they had another one up in the Dell.

We have looked inside the one accessible tunnel and it is bricked up part-way back.

It could have been used as an air-raid shelter in WW2.  If you have any information on their history, let us know.

Further investigation required, with the assistance and approval of the landowners.

ADMINISTRATION

We still need a Librarian for the Group.           Volunteers, please step forward !

Also we need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.

OTHER

  • There will be a ‘Darley Park Discovery Walk’ on Thursday 19th July. Starts at 10:30, from the park cafe terrace.
  • Our very large ‘Hydrangea Derby’ collection will be open on Sunday 5th August. From 10:30, via the park terrace.
  • The Darley Park Concert is Sunday 2 September 2018. See the Derby Live website for details, Information and FAQ’s. A traffic management plan is available on request.
  • Events being planned for June 2019 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew’s Church. Hence, the next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.

Wonders of the Peak” by Mobile – https://www.wondersofthepeak.org.uk/ – Explore the Valley by Smartphone!

DAHG CONTACT AND ACCESS

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting.

And finally, our Blog has now been accessed in 22 countries around the world!

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website / Blog Editor

 

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2018 No. 78

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 15th June, John Mottram will talk on “Mountain Rescue”.

On 20th July, Jonathan Oates will talk on “St. Chad”

EVENTS

Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

  • Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the Village on Saturday 27th Oct.
  • We have booked the Village Hall for Saturday 27th October, 12.00 – 17.00, for a Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme.   We will exhibit items from our Archive and other sources, relative to WW1.
  •  Liz Lockwood is working on an analysis of Darley soldiers who returned safely and the links they had in the village.
  • Mike Taylor will have WW1 Memorabilia from the British Legion on display.
  • The Church will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War with their biographies in the Church magazine.
  • Some work is being done in respect of the Lusitania victims commemorated in the churchyard – Vicar Peter is giving a talk on this on Tues. 26th June at 2.30pm in the Fellowship Room..
  • DACA/FODOS has planted trees in the Shrubbery to commemorate the seven Darley soldiers along with other plants.
  • Finally, there will be a knitted poppy trail.
  • We need your ideas for DAHG to commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November. Contact via email please.

And by October, there will be many more activities.

Hall Shrubbery and Ice-House  / Game Larder Site

The City Archaeologist has given his advice on the value of an IH/GL restoration project in the shrubbery.  He thinks that the archaeology is best left covered to avoid costly repairs and possible vandalism.   We now agree with him.

We have contacted FODOS/DACA with a revised plan to have a mock-up stone/brick platform, laid above the IH/GL foundations, along with an Interpretation Board showing photos of the finds etc.

Ice-House Dig Pottery

The medieval pottery finds from the Ice-House dig have been passed to a pottery expert to assess its character, place of manufacture and age.  Some of it may have been made at the local Duffield potteries at Burley Hill and King St.  We may need to seek funding for this study.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation came into force on 25th May 2018.  Following the issue of a Special Newsletter on the subject we ask that you communicate with the HonSec, via the documents in the “Download” section of the Blog, to advise us of your requirements. [Also, see the next page.]

Admin – We still need a Librarian for the Group. We also need new Committee Members. The Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer, please step forward !

Tony Lintott’s Notes

On the 21st and 22nd of July the National Trust will be re-digging foundations found at Calke Abbey in 2016. See http://www.allenarchaeology.co.uk/calke-abbey-live-archaeology-2016/ These are amazingly similar foundations to those we found in our Ice House Dig last year. Why not go to Calke and have a look?

“Wonders of the Peak” by Mobile – https://www.wondersofthepeak.org.uk/ – Explore the Valley by Smartphone!

Although referred to already, it is worth a reminder that we now have a “Download” section in this Website/Blog. This is the list of what is there to date and any item can be freely downloaded.

  • The Ice House – The final report from T&PA
  • The Ice House – DAHG Leaflet
  • The Final Ice House Presentation by Tony Lintott
  • Explore the Derwent Valley with Pocket Wonders
  • DAHG Membership Application Form
  • DAHG Privacy Policy and Forms (a.k.a. GDPR)
  • DAHG Archive holdings – 2017
  • DAHG Book Catalogue – 2017
  • DAHG Projects list – 2018

Contact and Access

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch.

We’d be happy to hear from you and we’re happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Newsletter and Blog to make them even more interesting. Contact us via email.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website / Blog Editor