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 – DECEMBER 2017 No. 72

NEXT  MEETINGS

We apologise for the mishap of the last Meeting, which we perhaps should have foreseen.

On 15th December, Alan Bradwell will talk on “Tunnels under Darley Abbey” followed by the Xmas Fuddle; bring food and drink to share with others.

On 19th January, it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) when we review the year and elect Committee Members.  After that Marie Gibson will talk about her (and Paul’s) project “Derby Pubs in WWI – CAMRA Project”.

EVENTS

Margaret has put together the Talks Programme for 2018, so pick up a copy. Also see the blog EVENTS section.

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-house Project is nearing completion, as we await Trent & Peak Archaeology’s Final Report.  We will also issue our own DAHG Report on the planning and digging, and there will be Talks by T&PA and Tony on the Project early in 2018.  T &PA have visited The Vicarage School to show them the Finds from the Dig.

DAHG Plant and Craft Fayre

Being planned by Marie, Maureen and Carol for Saturday May 5th 2018, to be held in the Village Hall. Please contribute your ideas via email.  Put the date in your diary.

New Projects

Following the Ice-house Dig, are there any Projects which Members would like us to undertake as a Group?  There are many similar undiscovered features in Darley that we could explore; not all would need the planning and financial support of the Ice-House project.

There are also projects in our ‘outstanding list’ for individuals who have time to spend in our local Libraries, perhaps delving into the Evans family archives or into the links between Darley Mills and other mills such as New Lanark Mills. Talk to us at a meeting. We have much more to do!

Please email your new projects; and then put your name on the Volunteers list for your project or one from our list.

Planning Applications

The proposed housing development on the gardens on New Road has been thrown out by DCC.

The Darley Abbey Society have proposed buying the land to open as a Public Space thus preventing further housing plans.

AN APPEAL

We still need someone to volunteer to run the Library and issue Books/Reports to Members.  Sheila W. will definitely resign at the end of 2017, so no issues after that, unless you volunteer !

Winter in Darley Park, showing the witness to one of our many Tunnels

 

Contact DAHG via the tab in this blog or direct email us at:  darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2017 No. 71

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 17th November, Phillip Lea will present Part 2 of his “Steam Trains”.

On 15th December, Alan Bradwell will talk on “Tunnels under Darley Abbey” followed by the Xmas Fuddle; bring food and drink to share with others.

OBITUARY

DAHG Founder Member Erica Perry died suddenly at the end of October.  Her funeral was on 6th November at St. Matthew’s Church.  Erica was a Founder Member of DAHG when it was formed in 2004.  She served on the Committee as Visits Secretary and took visitors on Walks round the Village.  She gave the first Talk on “Darley in Old Photographs” to Members at the inaugural meeting in January 2004.   She was a keen photographer and local historian and recorded Darley Village and its inhabitants, past and present, in her book “Up Darley, Down Darley”.  Her local knowledge and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

EVENTS

For the Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October, thanks go to all who helped in setting up, staffing and stripping down on Exhibition day.  It was very busy with lots of interest shown, particularly in the Ice-House display and in the Finds. Around 250 visitors came to the Village Hall to meet DAHG and the Artists. On the Saturday Roy & Sheila led about 30 visitors on a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”. Then on Sunday they led a further 15 visitors on Erica’s planned walk around the interesting features of Darley Village.

Open Day pictures courtesy of Sukie Khaira of DVM

   

 

 

 

The next ‘commercial’ event will be in a Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre on May 5th 2018, which Marie, Maureen and Carol are planning to hold in the Village Hall. Please contribute your ideas via the Contacts page of the Blog or by direct email to the organisers.

Margaret has put together the Talks Programme for 2018, so pick up a copy. It’s on the Blog too.

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-House Project is nearing completion, as we await Trent & Peak Archaeology’s Final Report.  We will also issue our own DAHG Report on the planning and digging, and there will be Talks by T&PA and Tony on the Project early in 2018. Also, T&PA talks to schools will soon be taking place.

Tony has been liaising with Derwent Valley Mills/Buxton Museum about a web-app, which can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet.  Tony says :-

“Pocket Wonders” – Helpful Technology at your Finger Tip

Today’s smartphones and tablets have a location facility which uses the built-in GPS. What follows next will allow you to use this facility for your (local) enjoyment.

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Buxton Museum is able to deliver its ‘Collections in the Landscape’ in a new way allowing audiences to connect with its principal gallery ‘Wonders of the Peak’. Now you can explore Derbyshire and the Peak District through your smartphone and tablet.

‘Wonders of the Peak’ is available online through the innovative web app, “Pocket Wonders”. Those with smartphones and tablets can explore the landscape of the Peak District and Derbyshire in real time while on an actual walk or trail. There is a Darley Abbey walk and many more ‘wonders’ to find and, it’s FREE!

‘Pocket Wonders’ is a series of digital walks that uses the technology ‘in the visitor’s pocket’ allowing them to seek out and explore the landscape around. Click on the following link to learn more, https://collectionsinthelandscape.wordpress.com/

To try it out with your Smartphone or Tablet, go to, https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/ follow the instructions. Connecting to the web at home allows walks to be downloaded to the phone using WiFi. A download is then available on-demand to bring up a phone-based map which uses GPS navigation. No need for internet outdoors, just a GPS signal. At various points in a walk a notification will sound leading to information on the phone/tablet screen about a feature just reached, e.g. about Darley Abbey Old School. All very simple to use and it greatly enhances a walk of a featured area.

AN APPEAL

We still need someone to volunteer to run the Library and issue Books/Reports to Members.

Sheila W. will definitely resign at the end of 2017, so no issues after that, unless you volunteer !

 

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell 

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER  2017 No. 70

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 20th October, on the 200th Anniversary of this event, Michael Parkin will talk about “The Pentrich Revolution – 1817”

On 17th November, Phillip Lea will present Part 2 of his “Steam Trains” talk with slides.

EVENTS

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-House Dig is over and we have found the foundations of a “Game-Larder” rather than an underground “Ice-House”; apparently the Ordnance Survey map-makers did not distinguish and called them both “Ice-houses”.  Thanks to Trent & Peak Archaeology for their planning and organisation of The Dig, thanks to Tanya Spilsbury of Darley Abbey Sanctuary (The Stables) for use of the Bakehouse as HQ, thanks to the many Volunteers who came and dug, and thanks to our own DAHG Team for all the time and effort that went into the whole project.

Here’s a collage of some of our pictures 

The site is now back-filled, but we think that Derby Parks will want to resurrect the foundations next year, repair them and make them into a visitor feature, with landscaping and an interpretation board.  Unfortunately no (confirmed) remains of the Abbey were found, but medieval pottery and tiles were found (on display on Sunday at the Exhibition), proving that the Abbey was close by.  Darley Scouts, Walter Evans and The Old Vicarage Schools all visited The Dig and helped sieving and washing and recording finds.

Derby Telegraph and Radio Derby both ran a couple of articles and site visits, which must have increased the profile of the DAHGroup.

All in all, a good time was had by everyone involved, even if it was exhausting !

 

The next set of events are quickly upon us. These are;

On Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October, Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days, will be held in Darley. See this link, Web Pages Scroll down to these dates.

On Sat 21st, Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”; meet at Millview Gardens at 10.00am; finish at the Church at 12.30pm.   The Church will be open 12 – 3pm. again at 7.30pm. for the “Last Night at the Proms”.

On Sunday 22nd, Roy & Sheila  will lead a “Past & Present Darley Abbey” walk round the village; meet at the Village Hall, New Rd. at 1.30pm.

There is also a “Fungus Foray in Nutwood Nature Reserve at 10am – 1pm.

On Sunday 22nd, we will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts in the Village Hall from 11am to 4pm.; this will include some recent Ice-House discoveries.  Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group exhibiting Paintings. More info at, “Where Can We Go” website.

Open Day’s Photos – 22 October 2017

 

MEMBERSHIP 2018

Annual Membership :- £10.00 payable January*

Meetings charge :-  Members    £1.00     Visitors    £3.00

For 2018  there is a “Special Membership Offer” to 2017 non-member, Ice House Dig volunteers. Pay your Membership Fee and your meetings charge will be refunded for each meeting you attend in 2018, up to a maximum of 10.

*  Membership can be paid in the usual way, by Cash or Cheque to the Treasurer at a meeting. We can also accept payment by Bank Transfer to: A/c: 65131202  Sort: 08-92-99  [ Please quote as your reference, “SUBS – your surname” e.g. SUBS-SMITH ]

Newsletter Editor: Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor: Tony Lintott

The Dig is over

We have completed closure of the site following a recent visit from Trent and Peak to inspect and photograph the site.

We are working on a Group Report of the dig and expect to receive an official report from our Archaeology Partner in the coming weeks.

We sincerely THANK EVERYONE INVOLVED since we received our HLF grant in early August. It has been a magnificent effort by all and the results have been truly amazing – and surprising too!

Come to our Open Day on 22 October, in the village hall, when we will be bringing out DAHG memorabilia from the archives and there will be an Ice House Dig display.

Kind regards,

Alan and Tony

NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2017 No. 69

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 15th September, Graham and Judy White have cancelled their talk about “A Collector’s Dilemma” due to injury.

Instead Alan Bradwell & Tony Lintott will give an illustrated talk about “The Ice-House Project” and where we are today.

On 20th October,  On the 200th Anniversary of this event, Michael Parkin will talk about “The Pentrich Revolution” plus displaying Revolution Memorabilia.

EVENTS

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-House site in the Shrubbery has been cleared of fallen trees, logs branches and undergrowth, largely by the Derby Parks Volunteers Team, for which we thank them, and other helpers; they have used the wood to build a new fence (“wind-row”) around the Village Hall lawn to protect it and keep it clean. Here are pictures..

And below, we can see for the first time the Ice-House mound properly.

Volunteers have been recruited largely via the DAHG Blog (thanks to Tony) and John Rhodes is the daily rota organiser.  Darley Barn Outdoor Centre offered us access to their facilities during the dig, and Darley Abbey Sanctuary also offered office space in The Stables Bakehouse, and we are using the latter as HQ; many thanks to both parties.  The two local Primary Schools and Darley Abbey Scouts have been alerted to the Dig and will be attending after the trenches are opened up.

If you can help with any of these activities, (in reception, admin, marshalling, digging, cleaning & recording finds etc.). Every job is important as this is a professional dig activity. Please put your name on the Volunteer List using the Contacts page of this Blog.

An article appeared in Derby Telegraph on 1st Sept., describing the Dig, which you probably saw.  There’s a link in the “Dig” pages.  Radio Derby have also made contact.

On Monday 11th, we held the first on-site activity, when Trent & Peak Archaeology staff carried out a Resistivity Survey aided by Volunteers, to determine the exact lay-out of features in the Shrubbery by geophysics. See the Dig pages for more info.

 

We do not have the results yet, but we will have the time the dig begins. We will have used them to determine the positions of trenches and pits we will dig.

The Dig proper starts on Wed. 20th Sept for 10 days continuous.  Volunteers are being requested to fill in Health & Safety, skills area and contact forms in advance and hand them in at Reception in the HQ (The Bakehouse).  When you come along please have strong foot-wear (wellies or boots) and gardening gloves, and enjoy yourselves!

If you cannot take part, come and watch the main activities  between 10am and 4pm each day 20th -29th Sept.

And wish us luck that we find both the Ice-House and the Abbey !

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Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days will be held in Darley on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October.

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On Sat 21st, Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”; meet at Millview Gardens at 10.00am; finish at the Church at 12.30pm.

On Sunday 22nd, Erica will lead a “Past & Present Darley Abbey” walk round the village; meet at the Village Hall, New Rd. at 1.30pm.

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts in the Village Hall from 11am to 4pm.; this will include some recent Ice-House discoveries, since the Project will be over by then.   Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Pick up a leaflet at the meeting, the shop and other places locally and around Derbyshire.

Also see their webpages HERE  Scroll through the dates and see whats on.

DAHG “Website”

We now have a Group email address, for your questions and queries

                                          darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web.

Here is the web address of our Blog, https://darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup.wordpress.com/

Info: Hover over the web address shown then press the Ctrl key and hold it down then click the left mouse button. This should take you to the site. If you can’t make this work, copy the whole of the web address and paste into your browser address bar or just type it in.

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2017 No. 68

The Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) have approved our project and have awarded DAHG £9,500 to carry out an exploratory archaeological excavation of the old Ice-House of Darley Hall, in conjunction with Trent & Peak Archaeology (T&PA).

Thanks to HLF for the Award and to Lottery users for their contributions. We’re now –

Thanks to all Groups – DACA; FODOS; DVM/WHS; the Scouts – who gave us local support in our bid. A particular thanks to Derby City Council and the City Archaeologist for their approval to dig on their land along with their support and help on the project to date. This, we trust, will continue into the future as the project progresses. Finally, we also thank T&PA for their professional guidance.

Next, Derby City Council Parks Team(s) will clear the site in the shrubbery by the Village Hall and we’ll be working with T&PA to carry out geophysical testing of the site, to accurately locate the buried features.

The work will begin in early September and we are contacting adult volunteers and school-children, who have expressed an interest in helping, to take part in this exciting project.   Other volunteers who are interested can contact us through the “Contacts” page of this Blog or apply directly by email. To access your email programme Click Here

Watch out for notifications, emails etc. detailing the dates and read the Ice House Dig section of the Blog which will always be up to date.

You can find the Official Press Release via this link HERE

Thanks to all involved in preparing for and winning this Award.

 

Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days will be held in Darley on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October. 

On Sat 21st, Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”; meet at Millview Gardens at 10.00am; finish at the Church at 12.30pm.

On Sunday 22rd – Erica will lead a “Past & Present Darley Abbey” walk round the village; meet at the Village Hall, New Rd. at 1.30pm.

and – we will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts in the Village Hall from 11am to 4pm.; this will include some recent Ice-House discoveries, since the Project will be over by then.   Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The Sunday event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

 

DAHG “Website”

We now have a Group email address, for your questions and queries.

                                          darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

 We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web.

 Here is the web address of our Blog, https://darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup.wordpress.com/

 Info: Hover over the web address shown then press the Ctrl key and hold it down then click the left mouse button. This should take you to the site. If you can’t make this work, copy the whole of the web address and paste into your browser address bar or just type it in.

 

Alan Bradwell –  Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor

We have a Lottery Grant !!

A letter of congratulations confirming that the Heritage Lottery Fund have granted us funding for the Ice House Community Dig project was received in the mail on Saturday 5 August 2017.

Now the hard work really starts!

Press release to follow, after a meeting with Derby City Council personnel on the 8th of August.

Check out the fast moving Ice House Dig pages, including the updated presentation.

 

NEWSLETTER – JULY  2017 No. 67

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 21st July, Ken Bonham will talk on “Historic Barns”. Ken’s website >> Great Barns

Post meeting comment: We thank Ken for his very informative talk and the opportunity to see his extra-special models showing barn and particularly barn roof construction.

In August, there will be no meeting; your Committee will meet to discuss progress.

On 15th September, Graham and Judy White will talk about “A Collectors Dilemma”.

 

EVENTS

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£4500 raised to date with money still coming in!

A BIG Thank you!

£1,500 will go to St Matthew’s Church
£3,000 will go towards buying Five “24/7” Defibrillators. DACA will ensure they are situated around Darley Abbey, including the Mills, as determined with EMAS.
How about learning how to do chest compressions and use a defibrillator?
Look out for FREE training sessions.

Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Day will be held on Sunday 22nd October in the Village Hall 11am to 4pm

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts, probably including some Ice-House information,  if the Project is under way by then. Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Click on this website too >> Where Can We Go

 

RESEARCH

Darley Hall Ice House  Community Dig

Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) will meet on 20th July and, hopefully, make a decision in favour of our bid.  If we get a positive result, we will be looking at 23rd September to start the Dig, so that it can include young helpers in term-time.  This depends on a number of other agencies (Trent & Peak Archaeology, DCC) being able to meet that date.  Contact will be then made with Groups and individuals who have volunteered to help.

You will be able to keep in touch and get details from our new Blog, engineered by Tony.

 

DAHG LINKS TO THE INTERNET – instant communication with anyone in the world

Tony has made it possible for those with internet connected computers, tablets, smartphones or similar to access regularly updated information on the group and its activities and to send queries to the Committee. He writes …..

We now have a group email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com for your questions and queries.

We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: “ A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal text entries in ‘posts’ or ‘pages’. ”  Our Blog can be found on a Google Search, though it is a bit obscure, and it is possible to link it to the Darley Abbey website should we so choose. This is up to you and the Committee.

The Blog contains a more visual version of Alan’s Newsletter, with embedded links, pictures and the Group Programme, as well as tabs to other pages of information.  The latter have specific headings like, ‘Ice House Dig’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’ etc. Posts and Pages will be added or amended as required, like when we have new subjects or maybe we have a last minute programme change. Everything is regularly updated and there is on-demand access to view, when you are On-The-Net. Best of all, our Blog comes at zero cost.

There are many benefits to be obtained by using the internet, one of which is its 24/7 availability. For example, when we (hopefully) receive our HLF grant, we can use new (to us) communication methods to keep in ‘night and day’ contact with those involved in the dig advising them of timings, where to be, what needs doing etc.  I’m sure you can see that there are advantages all round and there’s a bit of relief to Alan having to meet publishing deadlines, if updates are on a regular or even day-by-day basis.

Here is the web address of our Blog, https://darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup.wordpress.com/

Please take a look, explore and let me have your comments via the email address above.

Yours, Tony


Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor

NEWSLETTER – JUNE  2017 No. 66

On 16th June, Our “Master of Mirth” Mike Storr will not be available as he is ill;  Margaret has booked Trevor Wragg to talk about “Stone Walls”.  We thank him for standing in at short notice.

On 21st July, Ken Bonham will talk on “Historic Barns”.   CLICK – for Ken’s website

Margaret has completed the Talks Programme for the second half of 2017, for which many thanks  —  pick up a copy at a meeting or view via the Programme tab of this blog.

EVENTS

Darley Abbey Day was the big event on Saturday 10th June;

There was a full programme of events and the weather was good enough to allow events to take place on Dean’s Field, where we had a room at Jag’s “Paper Mill” pub for a display of our Research work.

At such a central venue, we had a steady stream of visitors; thanks to all who helped on the day, particularly to Tony and Sheila W. who looked after the displays and answered visitors’ questions for most of the day.

DAHG Display – Sheila Willison (Librarian) and Tony Lintott (Vice Chair) conferring

We sold 16-18 books on Ice-Houses, Darley in Newspapers and Recipes and raised £53. Thanks also to Jag , Clive and Nina of “The Paper Mill” for their hospitality and assistance.

The Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Day is Sunday 22 October in the Village Hall 

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts, probably including some Ice-House information, if the Project is under way by then.  The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Derwent Valley Mills (DVM/WHS) have announced that there is now free entry to High Peak Junction Workshops near Cromford.

RESEARCH

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig – See other related pages in this blog

We have made our bid for funding to Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) and they have acknowledged our application.  We have been allocated a Grant’s Officer for contact and help through the process. One condition of their bid acknowledgement letter is that we do not publicise that we have been successful (we hope) until the HLF have made their formal announcement in July.  Due to various delays, none of our making, the timescale has slipped and the Dig is now likely to take place during September or October.

Tony made 20 off A5 copies of his Report No. 78 about “Ice-Houses In Darley Abbey” and these sold well on Darley Day.

Click Presentation for the the regularly updated Darley Ice House overview.

Philip Heath (Melbourne historian) and Alan Bradwell (DAHG Chair) – Dowsing at Melbourne Hall Ice House, June2017

He also arranged a private visit to Melbourne Hall, along with local Melbourne historian Philip Heath, to see inside their Ice-House, which is intact and which we found very interesting.  We were able to detect the outline of the Ice-house on the surface and find its drain by dowsing, as with our own Ice-House.

Further view from the North below

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View inside >>      DSC_0553

 

 

 

 

 

DVM have circulated a flyer announcing Community Grants of up to £500 from “Grassroots Giving”, part of Skipton Building Society; do we have a project that could benefit ?

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott