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

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2019 No. 92

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 15th November, John Hawkins will speak on “Stories behind Plants”.

Remember this meeting starts at 7.00pm.

Note  :- The “Images” magazine advert is wrong –  do not bring food for the Fuddle

Meetings in December & January are being disrupted by the need to renew the roof on the Village Hall.  The Hall is not available so we have had to re-arrange Speakers, Venues, Dates and Times.  The new arrangements are :-

On Wednesday 18th December in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm.  Sheila & Roy’s “Guess the Object Quiz” followed by the Xmas Fuddle – Please bring food & drink for yourself & to share with others.

On Friday 16th January 2020 in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm. DAHG AGM, followed by a talk by Alan Bradwell on “Some Mysteries of Duffield”.

Apologies for this disturbance, but it is all beyond our control.

In the last Newsletter, we said that the 7pm start time for Talks would continue into 2020.  This is now wrong  — Marie has contacted all our Speakers for 2020 and asked them to start at 7.30pm, and all have agreed.

So our Monthly Talks will start at 7.30pm. from January 2020.

Also note –

EVENTS

DVM / WHS Discovery Day on “Transport”

Well Done to everyone involved in the Transport Exhibition on Saturday October 26th 2019.

Despite very bad weather keeping casual visitors away, there were lots of interested visitors who thought that the Displays and facilities were wide-ranging and excellent.

Whether you Researched and made Boards, advertised the Event, Fetched and carried on the day, Sold our Goods and Booklets, Baked and Served refreshments or Answered the many queries from visitors, it all contributed to a successful day.  Sales and contributions came to about £100. Many Thanks.

Also on the day, Roy and Sheila showed CD’s about Darley and its American connections to about 20 visitors in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Darley Legacy Makers

There will be a presentation of research findings at a meeting on 18th November at 2-4pm in St Matthew’s Church Fellowship Room.  DAHG members are invited to attend and take part in the project.

DAHG Fayre

25 APRIL  2020 – Event – ‘DAHG Fayre’ – Our annual Saturday morning event to boost DAHG coffers. Between 10 and 12 o’clock in the Village Hall.

Mini exhibition of local photographs, pictures and items from our archives. Darley darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com booklets for sale and lots of other things too.

Refreshments and home-made cakes aplenty.

Good quality items required for sale, e.g. plants, unwanted Xmas presents etc.

Use our website Contacts page or email,  with your offerings.

Please bring items to the hall between 9 and 10 o’clock on the morning of the event.

Talks Programme

Thanks to Marie and Margaret, who have completed the 2020 Speakers list already.  See it under Events on the website, or pick up a leaflet at the meetings. There will also be a mini-poster on our Notice Board in the hall.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and very soon we will have newly 6 published booklets (Nos.2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 15).  No. 1 has to be scanned to allow a reprint and will not be available until early next year

The latest booklet, #15, on “The Darley Mills Strike of 1917/18”, is currently being printed.

The Booklets are available now at Friday meetings and our events, cost £2.50. See Later in Tony’s section for further information.

Would like to tackle booklet on, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ ? or perhaps some other title/area of your choice ? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

“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 really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers ?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The recent river floods covered sections of the tarmacced path and the boardwalk, but it is not clear yet whether any damage was done.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Darley Slade Gatehouse, Burley Hill Pottery, Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;

Church Lane Culvert; Ice-house Display Area, Lavender Row Culvert, Darley Slade Gatehouse :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development   —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, probably late this year though.

The Barn / Severn Trent Sewage Pumping Station  –  I did comment on this to DCC in March 2018.  This is very close to the Abbey stone foundations found during the Barn Excavations in 2006, but no Archaeological Watching Brief seems to have been imposed.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Further to Alan’s piece about the Booklets, you can now ‘buy on-line’, well almost. A website section previously titled, “Downloads” has been re-named, “Publications”. Here you will find a description of our booklets and a simple, formatted input area to allow ordering. There is a special offer too, so please take a look.

As Alan has said, please contact me if you need help when writing one of our booklets. We have a standard format so, if you want, you can start writing right now on any Darley-related subject and I / we can fit your text, photos and graphics into the required format quite easily when you’re ready for the booklet production stage. Please use Microsoft Word or similar programme for your creation(s).

We’d be happy to hear from you and happy to include your thoughts, stories and pictures in the Blog to make it even more interesting. Our Blog has now been accessed in  over30 countries around the world. We’ve burst through the 6000 page-hits barrier too. Not bad for a small group.

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch. All emails come to me and I distribute as appropriate.

Photo montage of the recent deluge which hit Darley over the weekend.

Do you have any pictures to share? Email us please.

Lots of water and Deans Field was inches away from becoming flooded.

The Car Park the other side was flooded, as was the Cricket Pitch and adjoining areas.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2019 No. 91

THE NEXT TWO MEETINGS – Remember these meetings start at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.

On Friday 18th October, Malcolm Hopton will talk on “Birding in the USA”.

On Friday 15th November, John Hawkins will speak on “Stories behind Plants”

Meetings in December and January 2020 are being disrupted by the need to renew the roof on the Village Hall which will become unavailable. Consequently we have re-arranged Speakers, Venues, Dates and Times.

The new arrangements are :-

On Wednesday 18th December we meet in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm for Sheila & Roy’s, “Guess the Object Quiz” followed by the Xmas Fuddle – Please bring food & drink for yourself & to share with others.

On Friday 17th January 2020 we meet in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm.for the DAHG AGM, followed by a talk by Alan Bradwell on, “Some Mysteries of Duffield”.

Apologies for this disturbance, but it is all beyond our control.

In the last Newsletter, we said that the 7pm start time for Talks would continue into 2020.  This is now wrong  — Marie has contacted all our Speakers for 2020 and asked them to start at 7.30pm, and all have agreed.

So, Monthly Talks will now start at 7.30pm from December 2019, through 2020 and the foreseeable future.

EVENTS

Village Tour for “Historic Buildings Trust”

On Tuesday 8th October, Alan led a group of 10 members of the Trust around the village, pointing out the historical features, before Tanya Spilsby, the owner, showed them the prize-winning conversion of The Hall Stables into offices and wellbeing suites, which retain all the original horse hardware.  That was followed by a tour led by Andrew Rose of The Long Mill on all floors of the wedding suite and even into the attic “school room”, followed by refreshments, thanks to Andrew.  Many of the group had not heard of Darley Abbey before the visit !

DVM / WHS Discovery Day on “Transport”

On Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm we will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” 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 – see the poster on our website: DVMWHS Programme Brochures are available too at the shop and other places around the area. Also see their website.

Our Exhibition will cover all forms of ‘transport’ in Darley from Roman Roads to Trolley Buses and much, much more.

We have prepared a series of about 30 Display Boards to show all aspects of Transport in Darley, derived from our Research Reports and Archives, published literature and local family memorabilia to show Roman Roads & Bridges, Copper & Lead Transport routes, Transport to the Norman Monasteries, Turnpike Roads, Movement of goods by Canals & Rivers, River Derwent Activities, Modern Road developments, Local Railways and Trolley Buses, etc. etc…..

Again if you have any ‘Transport in Darley’ material, either memories or photos, the odder the better, can it be loaned for the show?  Do you have photos or memories of cotton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, canal or lorry or the railway shunt? If you can help in preparing Display Boards, please get in touch via our email address..

  • Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon from the servery. As yummy as usual we believe.
  • We will need helpers for setting up the displays, from 12:00pm, in manning the sales stalls, from 12:30pm and in clearing away at 5:00pm.and Sheila will be showing CD’s about Darley in St. Matthew’s Fellowship Room from 4 – 5pm.

Darley Legacy Makers

Helen Bates of Derby / Notts. Universities and Bright Ideas of Nottingham Legacy Makers Project is making progress.  Volunteers have been searching records at Matlock Record Office to trace the movements of raw cotton into Darley and the shipment of finished cotton products out of Darley.   We will have some of their research material in our October Exhibition.

They will also be presenting their research findings at a meeting on 18th November at 2-4pm in the Church Fellowship Room.  DAHG members are invited to attend and take part in the project.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we have now published 6 booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7).

Two other booklets are in progress, one possibly on “The Darley Mill Strike of 1917”.

Booklets are available now and at the October Exhibition, cost £2.50.

If you would like to tackle a booklet, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ are still available, or perhaps some other title/area of your choice? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

“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 really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report(s).  Any Volunteers?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The Boat-house to Balustrade section of the path has almost all been tarmacced.  The new bridge over the mill fleam is now in place, clad in ‘wood’.  The boardwalk over Olers Field is finished.  The gravel ‘no-dig’ section over Olers Field is currently under construction.  We have watched the progress.  No damage appears to have been done, nor anything exposed, in this area rich in archaeological features.

Lavender Row Culvert

No further action or development.

Darley Slade Gatehouse

No further progress.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Darley Slade Gatehouse, Burley Hill Pottery, Spinney Close Tunnels; New Road Trenches;

Church Lane Culvert; Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development   —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, possibly late this year though.

The Barn / Severn Trent Sewage Pumping Station  –  we have missed the chance to comment on an Application to build a shower-room next to the pump-house for staff.  This is very close to the Abbey stone foundations found during the Barn Excavations in 2006, so we should have asked for an Archaeological Watching Brief.

Tony adds ….

Contact me if you need help when writing one of our booklets. We have a standard format so, if you want, you can start writing right now on any Darley-related subject and I / we can fit your text, photos and graphics into the required format quite easily when you’re ready to move to the booklet production stage. Please use Microsoft Word or similar programme for your creation(s).

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. All emails come to me and I distribute as appropriate.

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 over 35 countries around the world. We’re also approaching the 6000 page-hits barrier. Not bad for a small group.

Explore the 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 SEPTEMBER 2019 No. 90

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 20th September, Clarissa Malpas  will talk on “Tax, Care and Toy Boys”.

On 18th October, Malcolm Hopton  will talk on “Birding in the USA”.

On 15th November, John Hawkins will speak on “Stories behind Plants”

Remember meetings have been starting at 7.00pm, however …………………

Future Meetings at the year-end are being disrupted by the need to renew the roof on the Village Hall.  The Hall is not available in December & January, so we have had to re-arrange Speakers, Venues, Dates and Times.  The new arrangements are :-

On Wednesday 18th December in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm.  Sheila & Roy’s “Guess the Object Quiz” followed by the Xmas Fuddle – Please bring food & drink for yourself & to share with others.

On Friday 16th January 2020 in the Church Fellowship Room at 7.30pm. DAHG AGM, followed by a talk by Alan Bradwell on “Some Mysteries of Duffield”.

Apologies for this disturbance, but it is all beyond our control.

EVENTS

Committee Meeting

Your Committee met in August and approved the Minutes of last year’s meeting; a copy will be sent to all paid-up members as agreed.  At the meeting it was agreed to revert to the old fee-regime of £10/year membership and £1 per meeting & £3 for visitors, because the changes had not increased attendance or income. Also we will revert to the old start time of 7.30pm. Next year’s Talks Programme (already in place) will be adjusted, by Margaret & Marie.

Repeat: from January 2020 we revert to the old start time of 7.30pm and fee regime! 

DVM / WHS Discovery Days

On Saturday 26th October from 12.30 – 5pm we will be holding an Exhibition on “Transport in Darley Abbey” 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 – see the posters around the village and below: Programme Brochures are available too at the shop etc..

Our Exhibition will cover all forms of transport in Darley from Roman Roads to Trams and Trolley Buses, Canals, Railways and the River. We are preparing a series of Display Boards to show all aspects of Transport in and around Darley, derived from our Research Reports and other sources, to show Roman Roads & Bridges, Copper & Lead Transport routes, Transport to the Norman Monasteries, Turnpike Roads, Movement of goods by Canals & Rivers, River Derwent Activities, Modern Road developments, Local Railways and Trams and 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?  Do you have photos or memories of cotton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, canal or lorry or the railway shunt ?   If you can help in preparing Display Boards, please get in touch.

We will need helpers for setting up the screens and displays, in manning the sales stalls and in clearing away at 5pm.

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

Darley Legacy Makers

We attended a well-attended start-up meeting at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  Helen Bates of Derby / Notts. Universities and Bright Ideas of Nottingham has secured Lottery Funding to begin a research project looking at the contribution made by slaves to the production of cotton in America, on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley and on the working lives of Darley residents in the mills.  The aim is to make the contribution of the slaves in America to the wealth of Britain more prominent in the DVM/WHS cotton-mill story.  This is of interest to us and complements our own work.  The aim is to train students and local people in Local History Research by using Public Record Office and Local Studies material, as well as our Archive.  DAHG members are invited to take part in the project.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we have now published 6 booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7), thanks mainly to Tony’s endeavours.  He has agreed various permissions and a separate licence with English Heritage to use material (text & photos) from their Report on ‘Darley Cotton Mills’.

Two other booklets are in progress, one possibly on “The Darley Mill Strike of 1917”.

The Booklets are available now and at the October Exhibition, cost £2.50.

If you would like to tackle a booklet, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ are still available, or perhaps some other title/area of your choice ? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them attended the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, bringing memorabilia and photos, which Barrie & Liz scanned and copied and recorded for our Archive.  We have also received copies of much interesting mill-material from the Nelson family.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers ?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The Boat-house to Ballustrade section of the path has now been tarmacced.  The sub-structure of the new bridge over the mill fleam is now in place and the boardwalk over Olers Field is progressing.  We are watching the progress.  No damage appears to have been done, nor anything exposed, in this area rich in archaeological features.

       

 

Lavender Row Culvert

This monastic (?) culvert coming down Lavender Row & Mileash Lane suffered a sink-hole during August, to which we were alerted.  DCC investigated and found a 2m. deep hole in the lane behind the new Mileash cottages (built 1880 ?), probably caused by a cracked sewer, which they repaired.  This gave another chance to see and examine this stone-slab culvert, which DCC exposed in 2017 in Marie’s garden and at the bus-stop.  The culvert clearly passed under the cottages. It can be traced back to springs at Slack Lane on Duffield Rd. and is likely to be part of the Abbey’s monastic water supply system.

         

Tony Lintott adds …….

Contact me if you need help when writing one of our booklets. We have a standard format so, if you want, you can start writing right now on any Darley-related subject and I / we can fit your text, photos and graphics into the required format quite easily when you’re ready for the booklet production stage. Please use Microsoft Word or similar programme for your creation(s).

Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. All emails come to me and I distribute as appropriate.

NEWSLETTER JULY 2019 No. 89

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th July, Joy Lewandoska  will talk on “Topiary of Lost Theatre in France”.

In August, there is no meeting, other than a Committee Meeting on the19th. at 7pm.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm..

EVENTS

Church 200 Exhibition

Well Done to all who took part in the week-ends’ “Exhibition on Church 200 years”, whether preparing material & displays, manning the family-tree & computer stalls, staffing the sales table, fetching & carrying & setting up the screens & displays, showing their personal memorabilia, talking to the many visitors or just being a visitor. It all went very well and the number of visitors made the preparation & effort worth-while.

We took £142 from sales of DAHG Booklets & other Goods & new members joining.

There was much interest by old Darleians in the material.

Thanks also to DACA and Janet for use of facilities and for help on the day..

Once again, well done every-one!

 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?  Do you have photos or memories of ctton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, canal or lorry or the railway shunt?

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

Other local events are:   

 

Darley Legacy Makers

Helen Bates of Derby/ Notts. Universities and Bright Ideas of Nottingham has secured Lottery Funding to begin a research project looking at the working lives of Darley residents in the mills and on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley.  This is of interest to us and complements our own work.  The aim is to train students and local people in Local History Research by using Public Record Office and Local Studies material, as well as our Archive.  DAHG members are invited to take part in the project.  A start-up meeting will take place at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  If you want to help and get involved, sign up tonight.

Village Hall Closure

The City Council intend to renew the roof of the Hall, which was to have taken place during our ‘dead’ period in August.  But that has been postponed and will now take place in Dec. 2019 / Jan. 2020 over 8 weeks.  This means that our Talks programme will be disrupted for December and possibly January, and will need to remove to another venue.  We will keep you informed of developments.

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we have now published 5 booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7), thanks mainly to Tony’s endeavours.  He has agreed permission and a licence with English Heritage to use material (text & photos) from their Report on ‘Darley Cotton Mills’. Anthony Attwood has been invited to comment before publication. At least two other booklets are in progress.

The booklets sold well at the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, 40+ being bought.

If you would like to tackle a booklet, ‘Modern Darley’ and ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ are still available, or perhaps some other title/area of your choice?

If you would like to buy a booklet, please email us or use the Contact page

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them attended the ‘Church 200 Exhibition’ in June, bringing memorabilia and photos, which Barrie & Liz scanned and copied and recorded for our Archive.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our Archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers?

Darley Park Multi-user Path

The Boat-house section of the path has now been surfaced with tarmac.

The next section up to The Slade of ‘no-dig road’ has been prepared by digging with a digger down about 10 inches (25cm.) ! !  Whether this is to be tarmacced remains to be seen.

 

This section will cross the site of several archaeological features (medieval culvert; Roman road & bridge buttress).  The section north of the balustrade and wooden bridge is a pile-driven boardwalk, and no archaeological surveys are being carried out because the piling will be shallow !  This field (Olers/cricket) has several buried buildings of unknown age.

We will need to watch the work progress. Please make contact if you see something going on. You may be the first to see it.

Darley Slade Gatehouse

We have had a positive response from DCC regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey between Darley Grove and the River Derwent in The Slade area, which has a lot of archaeological features, according to our surveys.  We will be investigating the cost of various surface geophysical surveys (i.e. non-damaging), and then looking for a professional partner, and then Funding from a variety of sources.

Burley Hill Pottery

We are also seeking a positive response from DCC Parks for a Geophysical survey in Allestree Park at Burley Hill to try to trace a medieval (?) culvert and to find the kilns of the medieval pottery, probably owned by the Abbey of Darley.  This would follow The Slade survey, if that is revealing.

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;   Church Lane Culvert;   Lavender Row Culvert;

Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, probably late this year though.

We have recently been dowsing at the Ashbourne Road Allotments site, an area that was within Darley’s Medieval Abbey precinct many hundreds of years ago. Our finds appear to confirm that the Roman Road from Little Chester/Strutts Fort leading SW to Litchfield runs through the allotments. This is, of course, the start of Rykneld Street. Pottery and other finds have been unearthed too; our local expert will be taking a look. Talk to us if you’d like to know more. A link to their website has been placed in the Info section of ours. Have a read, it’s a really interesting set up and there are plots available! This is a picture of some of the finds.

 

 

 

And another

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. 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

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 30 countries around the world. We’re also well past the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive 5/6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Web Editor

NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019 No. 88

NEXT  MEETINGS

For the 21st June meeting, Bernie Petley cancelled last week.

Fortunately Marie has stepped in and will deliver her talk on our local school flit, “From St. Matthews to Walter Evans”; this is relevant to the forthcoming 200 yr. St. Matthews Celebrations.  Our thanks to Marie for that.

On 19th July, Joy Lewandska  will talk on “Topiary of Lost Theatre in France”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as was shown in some local magazines.

John Nelson

Many DAHG members were at John Nelson’s funeral on June 3rd.  John was in at the start of the Group and contributed important information about the village and its history, particularly about its underground tunnels and its water courses and pipe-lines.  Followed by a fine reception at the West Mill Wedding Venue and a chance to explore the Mill again.

EVENTS

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 after 4pm.

We have had Committee meetings to decide what Church-related material we will show from our Archive and are preparing displays.   We will be including documents and photos about St. Matthews Church of England School.  The Church sub-committee will also be displaying their “Church Time-Line”. 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. There will also be DAHG items to buy – see later in this newsletter.

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

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?  Do you have photos or memories of cotton and cotton products arriving or leaving Darley via horse & cart, lorry or the railway shunt ?

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

RESEARCH

Darley Booklets

You will have seen from recent emails that we plan to issue and make available for sale a series of 10+ Booklets for the general public all about Darley Abbey, like Thorsten’s booklet on “Darley in Newspapers”. These will both generate interest and increase funds.  Subjects will cover all eras, Roman to Monastic to Industrial, and people’s lives as well as buildings.  They will complement the two projects below.

At least two new Booklets will be available for the upcoming Exhibitions. Look at our list and, “Could you write one?”

“Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Some of them have said they will be attending our two future Exhibitions, bringing Memorabilia.  For these projects to really take off we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos. This new material in our new archive could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any Volunteers ?  See later in Tony’s section ….

Darley Legacy Makers

A meeting was held with Helen Bates of Derby University to discuss access for students to our Archive and help from DAHG members in a proposed research project looking at the working lives of Darley residents in the mills and on the routes and means by which cotton was imported to and exported from Darley.  This is of interest to us and complements the two items above.  The project is now underway, (Heritage Lottery Funded) and a start-up meeting will take place at St. Matthew’s Church on Sat. 27th July 2.30 – 5pm.  If you want to help and get involved, sign up

Darley Park Multi-user Path

DCC informed us that work had begun on the path.  Four trenches were dug on the south (Boathouse) section of the path-line (only one was watched due to late notice of a dig) to survey whether there was archaeology beneath, but nothing but modern industrial waste was found.  A full road will be laid on this section.

We questioned DCC about further surveys; no surveys are being carried out on the next section up to the balustrade, because it is a no-dig path laid on the surface.  That section will cross the site of several archaeological features (medieval culvert; Roman road & bridge buttress).  The section north of the balustrade and wooden bridge is a pile-driven boardwalk, and no archaeological surveys are being carried out because the piling will be shallow !  This field (Olers/cricket) has several buried buildings of unknown age.

We will need to watch the work progress. Please make contact if you see something going on. You may be the first to see it.

Darley Slade Gatehouse – no response from DCC yet regarding a proposed Archaeological Survey, but the archaeological survey & dig on the path above is within the area we want to survey !

Watching Briefs & Surveys

Spinney Close Tunnels;  New Road Trenches;   Church Lane Culvert;   Lavender Row Culvert; Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month, perhaps when the weather improves.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed, probably late this year though.

OTHER

We have recently been dowsing at the Ashbourne Road Allotments site, an area that was within Darley’s Medieval Abbey precinct many hundreds of years ago. Our finds appear to confirm that the Roman Road from Little Chester/Strutts Fort leading SW to Litchfield runs through the allotments. This is, of course, the start of Rykneld Street. Pottery and other finds have been unearthed too; our local expert will be taking a look. Talk to us if you’d like to know more. A link to their website has been placed in the Info section of ours. Have a read, it’s a really interesting set up and there are plots available!

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. 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

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 30 countries around the world. We’re also well past the 5000 page-hits barrier and receive 5/6 hits per day. Not bad for a small group.

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 MAY 2019 No. 87

NEXT  MEETINGS

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

On 21st June, Bernie Petley will talk on “Magic”.

Remember that Meetings start at 7.00pm. not as shown in some local magazines.

EVENTS

Open Day &  Fayre

Thanks to all who took part in the Open Day and Fayre on Saturday 27th April.  There were lots of helpers and goods for sale and lots of visitors.   The 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, was very busy and appreciated by visitors & members.

   

More than £350 was raised on the day, including a donation by Rosemary in memory of past-member Thorsten Sjolin.  Many familiar and new faces were met on the day.  Well done to the organising team of Marie, Carol, Sheila & Maureen, and to Ann & Helen for great refreshments on the day.

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.

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.  Some of them have said they will be attending our two future Exhibitions, bringing Memorabilia.  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

The Loan Copy of this Report No. is available for your comments.

DVMills / Wayfinding

DVM are sponsoring improved signage and Interpretation Boards in Milford/ Duffield /Darley and we and other Darley Groups held a meeting recently with Peter McGrail, their Consultant, about improvements in Darley.

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;   Lavender Row Culvert;

Ice-house Display Area :-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month, perhaps when the weather improves.

PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

New Road 3 houses development    —   no news yet

Church Lane 1 house development  —   the owner will keep us informed.

Darley Park multi-user path               —   no news yet;  Query sent to DCC and we await their response.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Alan mentions old Darleians making contact. 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

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 30 countries around the world, the latest being Burkina Faso. We’re also way 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.

See the revised Events Programme, having been updated by Alan.

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 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