NEWSLETTER JUNE 2020 No. 97

Corona Virus

Following the Government’s requirement to minimise contact with others, especially for the older and vulnerable groups, we have cancelled all Monthly Talks and Meetings until it is considered safe to resume;  we will inform you when Meetings and Events are due to begin again.

Use our website Contacts page or email, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to keep in touch.

EVENTS

1 – Darley Day   20th June.   DACA have Postponed this event

2 — Derwent Valley Mills / WHS Discovery Day   Friday 9th October.  DVM have cancelled this event.

We may still mount an exhibition in October, if the Village Hall re-opens, using material from our Archive plus anything that Members and Residents want to display.  No planning has yet been done, but your ideas are welcomed.

3 – The Talks Programme  — will resume when the Village Hall re-opens.  We will need to re-arrange Speakers, but we will probably not start meetings before September.

4  — Zoom’ing — practice video meetings were set up and hosted by Tony on 27 – 31 May for the Committee involving 6 members.  These were, in the main, successful.  Video conferencing might be useful for the Committee Meeting in August, if Lockdown continues. Zoom could also be useful for small groups arranging functions, avoiding the inconvenience of finding a room and having to go out on a dark or wet night!

RESEARCH

Despite the Lockdown, research has continued :-

1 — Darley Booklets,

Two new Booklets (Nos. 5 & 9), by Local Historian and Member Maxwell Craven, are now completed and ready for printing; the subject matter is “Darley Abbey Country Houses”. These are highly informative and extremely well written.

Booklet No. 1,  “150 Years in Darley Abbey – As mirrored in the local press (c1775-1930)” has now been scanned in by Tony (to allow a reprint) and is also ready for the press, when it is safe to go out.

The Booklet project is going well and we now have 9 finished booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 15).  Three more are in-the-pipeline too.

Our Booklets are available at meetings and events and cost £2.50. They can also be bought via the website – see Tony’s section for further information.

Would anyone like to tackle a Booklet on, for example, ‘Modern Darley’ or ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ or The History of the Old Cottage I live in or even ‘Darley Women’?  You can always create a title/area of your choice? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

2  —  Cotton History Legacy Group

This group of Volunteers led by Helen Bates has continued working (via internet) and has found much new information on the movement of cotton to and from Darley.  Helen was to have given a talk on the findings at the October Exhibition, and this will now be at the next opportunity.

While on the subject, an internet source from where books can be downloaded for free has been found. There are books on the Cotton Trade from the early 1800s describing, among many other things, wages, living conditions and so on. Take a look here, https://archive.org/ it’s free to sign up. ‘Search’ for what you wish to find and highlight the button against ‘Search text contents’ for optimum results. The subjects seem endless.

3  —  Darley Wills Translation

A new project has started, following Andrew Thurman having gained access to Wills at the National Archives (free via internet during Lockdown) and downloaded them to his Cloud Drive.  There are Wills of the West, Bullock, Woolley, Evans and Gisborne families, all past owners of Darley.  However, they are difficult to read, being in solicitors’ language and old script; so, Tony has organised a raft of Volunteers to translate them, little by little, into modern English.   If you’d like help, contact Tony at darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

4  —  Archiving

Barrie has been busy storing and scanning old documents, photos & material from many sources for our Library Archive.  He has issued an updated list of Archive Holdings (Reports / Photos / Maps / Hardware), which is now available on the website via, Publications/DAHG Reports, Library etc. This file will be updated every six months.

5  —  Reports

A new Report (No. 85/2020) is about to be issued on “The Lavender Row Culvert”, by AB.   This follows the excavations by DCC back in 2016 and the recent sink-hole excavation in 2019, which threw up new evidence about the routes, designs and purposes of the culverts.

6 — “Darley Memories” Project

Our “Memories” project has moved forward rapidly, because of further contributions (by email from The Philippines !) by Andrew Thurman, an Old Darleian.   We reproduce, in Darley Memories #2 below, (and in future Newsletters) a selection of his emails to some in the group (with his permission) that cover a range of subjects from family stories, old school-friends, Darley folk, historical finds etc. There is much of interest to both old and young in the village and we are very grateful to Andrew for his continuing contributions many of which will, eventually, end up as fascinating articles in this newsletter.

Does any-one else have interesting recollections ?  We’d like this project to really take off and we need volunteers to manage the collation of documents and perhaps the scanning and storage of photos on a theme. This new material, eventually will be placed in our Archive and could lead to its issue as a DAHG Report.  Any thoughts? Any Volunteers ? Your memories could also be spoken and saved in an audio file and sent to us.

7 — Village Hall Lawn Hole

The proposed ‘Dig’ in the lawn, planned to take place in April, was interrupted by the virus;  we will kick-start the plan when it is safe to meet.

8 — https://www.thederbeian.com/ is an interesting magazine on the internet about Derby. Take a look.

Darley Memories #2

Created from communications between former Darleian Andrew Thurman and DAHG

I am sorry to hear again there that there has been flooding in the village near the river again? I found this 1930’s photo online that may be of interest and I don’t own these photos I found them online a few years ago. I also remember some Christmas parties for kids from the Methodist Chapel on Old Lane held in the mill canteen over 60 years ago.

     

Good luck with finding the chest.

When I came back to Derby in 2016 I just mentioned it to an old friend who lived in the village when I did. He has knowledge about Derby parks including Darley Park and his thought was that it could have been put in the cellar under Darley Hall in Darley Park. According to him the cellar is still there and it wasn’t filled in.

BTW the large sandstone block detected by dowsing under the Old Peter Pan Yard (mentioned in Memories #1) Where is the Peter Pan Yard?  I remember my grandfather Arthur played whist at the Peter Pan Club in a room at the New Road end of St. Mathew’s School. The slab is not part of the boiler so I wonder why it was there?

Could be that gardeners roasted wet barley grains with sweet shoots and roasted the grains in the boiler? After that the roasted grains ground in the centre of the slab before mashing to extract the malt for boiling with hops. Many wild hops grew at the side of Haslams Lane just after the Mill Yard.

Andrew.

 

DAHG – Here are pictures of what little of the cellar is visible now.  It’s too difficult to get into the cellar now Andrew. Why would anyone struggle to move such a heavy object?

 

 

DAHG – The Peter Pan yard was accessed through large gates opposite the shops, now hairdresser etc., adjacent to the path into the park from the bottom of Mileash. Here are some pictures taken at the time of the exploration

 

 We’ve been told that the huge slab was within the boiler house for the banana house which is long gone.

 

 

 

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Derby is not as blessed with old town meeting records as Leicester, Nottingham and Warwickshire and several volumes are available from the 11th century for each county (as was). However, the Rev. John Charles Cox transcribed a couple of slimmer volumes for the county of Derby so I searched them for any information about Darley Abbey.

There is a bit about Darley and some other events including neighbouring Allestree, Mackworth, Markeaton. Also some general events that may have affected Darley Abbey even though our village was not specifically mentioned.

Andrew.

 

 Look out for more fascinating items from Andrew in “Darley Memories #3”

Tony Lintott ends this newsletter with  …….

Further to Alan’s piece about the Booklets you can ‘buy on-line’. The website section headed “Publications” is where you should go to find them. Here there is a description of our booklets and a simple, formatted input area to allow ordering. We can, in very special circumstances, provide digital booklets.

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).

Please do get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to hear from you and hope you will allow us to use your stories and pictures, as Andrew Thurman has kindly done. These will enhance the newsletter and website along with increasing the size of our (rapidly growing) archive of documents.

Contacting us is easy …..

We have a ‘Contacts’ page on the website.

Our site has been accessed in 30++ countries around the world and our hit rate exceeds six per day, every day and, we’re well through the 7000 hits barrier too! An upward, month-on-month trend of hits is now clearly visible in our web statistics. Not bad for a small group.

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

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER MAY 2020 No. 96

Corona Virus – Update

Following the Government’s requirement to minimise contact with others, especially for the older and vulnerable groups, we have cancelled all Monthly Talks and Meetings until it is considered safe to resume.  The Village Events programme, proposed for June, will not take place, but there is a chance that all will be well for the October one; we will keep you informed as things develop.

We will inform you when Meetings and Events are due to begin again.

Use our website Contacts page or email, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com  to keep in touch.

OBITUARY

It is with sadness we report the death of Brian Read, a founder member of DAHG in 2004 with Membership No.1. Though not a current Member, Brian contributed to our early research and Archive via a transcript of the Darley census (with others) and the gift of The 3 Vol. Darley Cartulary.  He was a keen book-lover and book-binder.  Our sympathy to Bernice and their family.

EVENTS

1 – Darley Day   20th June.   DACA have Postponed this event

2 — Derwent Valley Mills / WHS Discovery Day  October 9th  (Cancelled)

On Friday 9th  October, or thereabouts, DAHG are now considering holding an exhibition. Information to follow in due course.

DVM have organised Discovery Day for the south end of the Derwent Valley.  The theme this year is “Women of the Derwent Valley”.  We will mount an exhibition on “Women in Darley Abbey” through the ages, using material from our Archive plus anything that Members and Residents want to display.  No planning has yet been done, but ideas are welcomed.  We could also produce a DAHG Booklet on “Darley Women”, using the material discovered.  Would any-one like to volunteer to manage the project ?  The Exhibition will take place in St. Matthew’s Church Fellowship Room from 10 to 3.00pm DVM Event Cancelled – “CoViD effect”.


RESEARCH

1 — Darley Booklets,

Two new Booklets (Nos. 5 & 9) are in the final stages of production during the Lockdown from material provided by Local Historian and Member Maxwell Craven. The subject matter is, “The Old Houses of Darley Abbey” and Tony has edited them into our format ready for printing; when it is safe to go out.

The Booklet project is going well and we now have 9 finished booklets (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 15).  No. 1 is still to be scanned (to allow a reprint) and will not be available until late this year.

Our Booklets are available at meetings and events and cost £2.50. They can also be bought via the website –  see Tony’s section for further information.

Would anyone like to tackle a Booklet on ‘Modern Darley’ or ‘Ten Famous Darleians’ or even ‘Darley Women’?  You can always create a title/area of your choice ? Tony can assist with the format / files and will organise the production and printing.

2 — “Darley Memories” Project

Our “Memories” project has moved forward rapidly, because of contributions (by email from The Philippines !) by Andrew Thurman, an Old Darleian.   We reproduce, in Darley Memories #1 below, (and in future Newsletters) a selection of his emails to some in the group (with his permission) that cover a range of subjects from family stories, old school-friends, Darley folk, historical finds etc.

Does any-one else have similar recollections ?  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 ?

3 – Village Hall Lawn Hole

The proposed ‘Dig’ in April in the lawn was interrupted by the virus;  we will start planning again when it is safe to meet.

DARLEY MEMORIES  #1

Created from communications between a former Darleian and DAHG

“I just came across the Darley Abbey Newsletter and I am enjoying reading the online monthly newsletters for 2019”, wrote Andrew Thurman back in February this year.

My family came to Darley Abbey village about 1885 when my great grandfather William Thurman became the gardener and groomsman at the vicarage. His family lived at 10 Brick Row. Later my grandfather Arthur lived at 2 New Road and Nellie Stevens (nee Thurman) worked for Ada Evans and her husband George Stevens lived at Elm Cottage on Mile Ash Lane.

The picture at the top of the February newsletter webpage, showing 3-4 men on a sleigh or cart being pulled along in deep snow, looks very interesting.

I am curious if you know who they were and when it was taken. I would say it was taken at the top of Church Lane just onto Duffield Road circa 1934.

The December 2019 issue mentions “Walled Garden/Peter Pan Club Yard” and that a dowsing survey showed up what looked like a large sandstone block. Did any follow up excavation show what this was?

My grandfather Arthur Thurman and my great uncle Bill Thurman both separately told me a story when I was a child about when mains water pipes were installed. Opposite no. 5 New Road (across from the Methodist Church), a large stone chest was uncovered and still had iron bands wrapped around it. They said that workmen contacted a member of the Evans family to see what had to be done and they were told to rebury it. I thought the Evan’s family had left the village by this time and that the chest was reburied in the same place but it was never reported found again even though the road there has been dug up several times since then.

[Dear Andrew, many thanks for your email, most interesting.  Alan is away at the moment, but he’ll pick it up on his return. Regarding the header picture on the website, this came from the Nelson family so I reckon there’s a Nelson in the picture. I will, however, ask questions. DAHG]

Thanks for your reply DAHG. The Nelson’s were the driving force behind Methodism in Darley Abbey and without them I doubt that the Methodist church would have been built on New Road. As a child Arthur and Ethel Nelson were my Sunday School teachers at the Methodist Church (originally on Old Lane) before the new church. Arthur Nelson was a Superintendent at the Boars Head Mill, so if he was in this picture it would have been more likely on Haslam’s Lane just down from the Mill Yard.

I am asking about the online picture because the two younger men look like my Uncle Arthur Thurman on left side (born 1909) and my father Harry Thurman (born 1920). I came up with the photo being taken circa 1934 as the youngest looks about 14 years. Andrew.

Thanks for sending the original, full picture DAHG. The “ERS” letters on the body that is towing the sleigh or truck with a chain is in the style of “OFFILERS” a Derby brewery. That would be incongruous with Methodists and the Evans family who did not allow any public house in the village. After Peter Nelson advised that the photo was taken in 1940 it ruled out my Uncle Arthur and my father being in the photo. Andrew.

[You should come and see us Andrew; tell us more about the stone chest. DAHG.]

I live in Bohol, the Philippines nowadays but I will certainly look you up the next time I come back to Derby where I have some family.

My grandfather Arthur Thurman first told me about the chest that was dug up outside his house 5 New Road almost 60 years ago. Later on, and not long before my great uncle Bill (William Thurman) passed away in 1979, I bumped into him as I walked down New Road as he was walking up. He told me the same story that my grandfather had told me >13 years before and Bill pointed out the very spot in the road outside No. 5 New Road where he said the chest was unearthed.

They were both prone to romancing but they told me the same thing separately and more than 13 years apart so I think it was true.

My grandfather Arthur died in 1966 and great uncle William passed away in 1979. I don’t remember the exact year when mains water was installed in Darley Abbey village. It was way before I was born and probably in the 1920s. The discovery of the lead lined coffins was outside No.15 Hill, Square was at the time when mains water pipes were dug into the ground.

My great aunt Nellie Stevens (nee Thurman) the only sister of Arthur and William Thurman gave a talk at Allestree Women’s Institute on the history of Darley Abbey in October, 1938.

I attached an newspaper report from the Derby Evening Telegraph 14th October, 1938: “DARLEY ABBEY DISCOVERIES – HUNCHBACK ABBOT THEORY”.

BTW Nellie owned the St Syth’s chapel building (now the Abbey pub). She gave it to the Derbyshire Archaeological Society in the hope they could renovate it. She had wanted to turn it into a museum dedicated to Darley Abbey but she couldn’t afford the restoration costs.

[Thanks for the very interesting emails Andrew. We’ll enjoy exploring in the hope we find the stone chest. 

Did you know that skulls were unearthed in land on New Rd in 2018? There’s obviously a burial ground in the lower end of New Rd./ Hill Sq. Maybe the chest is part of it?  Let’s keep in touch. Rgds DAHG]

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Darley Memories from Andrew in the next newsletter – look out for it.

Tony Lintott ends this newsletter with  …….

Further to Alan’s piece about the Booklets, you can ‘buy on-line’. The website section headed “Publications” is where you should go to. Here you will find a description of our booklets and a simple, formatted input area to allow ordering. We can, in very special circumstances, provide booklets as .pdfs.

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).

Please do get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to hear from you and hope you will allow us to use your stories and pictures, as Andrew Thurman has kindly done. These will enhance the newsletter and website along with increasing the size of our (rapidly growing) archive of documents.

Our site has been accessed in 30++ countries around the world and our hit rate exceeds six per day, every day and, we’ve broken through the 7000 hits barrier too! An upward, month-on-month trend of hits is now clearly visible in our web statistics. 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.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

 

 

NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020 NO. 95

Corona Virus

Following the Government’s requirement to minimise contact with others, especially for the older and vulnerable groups, we have decided to cancel all future Monthly Talks and Meetings until it is considered safe to resume.  The meeting on Friday 20th March is therefore cancelled.  You will have received an email or letter to this effect in the last few days.   It is also unlikely that the Events programme below will take place in April and June, but we will keep you informed as things develop. Check our events page now.

We will inform you when Meetings and Events are due to begin again.

Use our website Contacts page or email, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com  to keep in touch.

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Dear DAHG Member,

Research Projects continue through these current problems.

Helen Bates of Notts. University is encouraging her teams on The Legacy
Project to carry out work at home on the Internet. They are looking for
the movements of cotton to Darley from America (and other places) and
from Darley to the world.

They are also looking at the mill-workers of Darley to see where they
came from and their family backgrounds. This means chasing Family
Histories. If you would like to know your Darley Family History (if you
haven’t already done it) and want to get involved in the Project, even
if you don’t have much FH experience (e.g. Ancestry).

Contact Helen direct at, helen@brightideasnottingham.co.uk

Alternatively let me know via our email address  darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com  or the contact page of this website.

Helen will provide instructions on how to get the info. from the Internet, to
feed into the Project.

The Project needs Volunteers!

Regards, Alan

EVENTS

1 — DAHG Fayre   Postponed by our organising committee

18th  April – ‘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 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.

Please bring items to the hall between 9 and 10 o’clock on the morning of the event.  Helpers needed to set up and staff.

2 – Darley Day   DACA have Postponed this event

On Saturday 20th June, the whole Village and Groups will be involved.  The Theme is “Spin a Tale of Darley Past, Present and Future”.  DACA have organised that The Castella Ballet Group will be performing around the village, using “9 Moments in Darley History”.  We will mount an Exhibition of these ‘9 Moments’ using our Archive material.  The Exhibition will be in the Village Hall, with Darley WI providing the “Old English Tea Shop”.

Helpers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down.

It is proposed that there will be “Darley Open Gardens” on the Sunday.

3 — Derwent Valley Mills / WHS Discovery Day

On Friday 9th  October, DVM have organised Discovery Day for the south end of the Derwent Valley.  The theme this year is “Women of the Valley”.  We will mount an exhibition on “Women in Darley Abbey” through the ages, using material from our Archive plus anything that Members and Residents want to display.  We could also produce a DAHG Booklet on “Darley Women”, using the material discovered.  Would any-one like to volunteer to manage the project ?  This will take place in St. Matthew’s Church Fellowship Room from 10 to 3.00pm.

RESEARCH

1 — Darley Booklets,

The Booklet project is going well and we now have 6 published booklets (Nos.2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 15).  No. 1 is still to be scanned (to allow a reprint) and will not be available until late this year. It’s quite a big job!

The latest booklet is No. 15, on “The Darley Mills Strike of 1917/18”. A further two booklets are approaching the pre-production phase and should be printed by late summer.  Our Booklets are available at meetings and events and cost £2.50. They can also be bought via the website. See Tony’s section for further information

Would anyone like to tackle a 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.

2 — “Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Recently Old Darleian Andrew Thurman offered some fascinating recollections of his family and their memories of things being dug up in Darley, such as skeletons, stone chests, marble columns and Norwegian coins !  Does any-one elses family have similar recollections ?  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 ?

3 – Village Hall Lawn Hole

A hole that regularly re-appears in the lawn, even after repeated filling over the years, is under investigation. DACA and ourselves have decided to investigate by expanding the hole with a digger, under archaeological supervision.  We suspect that the hole may be due to hollow (Abbey ?) buildings below, as it is close to previous finds at The Barn and The Allotments/Hill Square (see below).  But, it may only be rotting tree roots or hollow debris from the Darley Hall demolition.  We have finalised plans with DCC and Archaeologists and two sources of Grant funding to cover the work are secured.

Work was to start at the end of March, but now can’t due to the virus problem.The hole is appropriately fenced off and we’ll have to leave it to sink a little more.

4 – New Road Allotments – Proposed house-building

We have now seen the Archaeological Reports on the trenching carried out on this site on New Rd., where three new houses were proposed.  There was 13th C. pottery there (as in our Ice-house Dig) and burials, all of which we believe should be further investigated.  The burials are close to several others found in the past in Hill Square (as in item 2 above) suggesting this is or is very close to the Abbey site.

5 — Watching Briefs & Surveys

Darley Slade Gatehouse, Burley Hill Pottery, Spinney Close Tunnels; Church Lane Culvert; Lavender Row Culvert;  Ice-house Display Area, Church Lane Vicarage wood:-  no progress on these surveys & investigations this month

6 — PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

Church Lane, 1 house development  —   the land owner has promised to keep us informed.

The Barn / Severn Trent Sewage Pumping Station  –  no news yet

Tony Lintott adds …….

Further to Alan’s piece about the Booklets, you can ‘buy on-line’. The website section headed “Publications” is where you should go to. Here you will find a description of our booklets and a simple, formatted input area to allow ordering. We can, in special circumstances, provide booklets as .pdfs.

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).

Please get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to hear from you and hope you will allow us to use your stories and pictures. These will enhance the website and go into our rapidly growing archive of documents.  The web address is below, however, if you have a smartphone, you can ‘jump’ to the Home Page by scanning the QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) below left. It even has our logo within it. Our site has now been accessed in 30+ countries around the world and we average five hits every day. 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.

The Coronavirus Effect

Dear Member and Friend of DAHG,
This message should not come as a surprise to you following the Government’s briefing late on Monday 16th March 2020. You can find it all here, www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51917562
Therefore and with immediate effect, DAHG Meetings and Events are suspended for the foreseeable future. This is likely to mean totally cancelled though some may be rearranged as and when it becomes possible.
In the meantime our Newsletter will be issued on a regular basis and the website will be kept up to date with our ‘unseen activities’. Desk top research will continue, Research Reports and Booklets will still be issued – the latter available for purchase through this website – go to Publications. Only our physical activities will cease for a while.
We will report to you on anything we feel is of interest and we would ask that you too continue your research which very regularly reaches us by email, often from the overseas Darley contingent.
Until we meet again,
Yours,
Alan Bradwell – Chairman and the DAHG Committee

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020 No. 94

NEXT  MEETINGS

Meetings are now back in the Village Hall after renewing the roof.

Our Monthly Talks will start again at 7.30pm. from January 2020, despite what various magazines print.

On 21st February, Brian Stone will talk on “Derbyshire in the Jacobite Rebellion”.

On 20th March, David Skillen will talk on “The Many behind The Few”.

Talks Programme

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

EVENTS

1 — Walled Garden/Peter Pan Club Yard

Following the survey on 4 Dec. by Tony & Alan in the old Peter Pan Club Yard, where a very large sandstone block was seen, several local residents have said that this was the site of the boiler-house for the banana-greenhouse.  The block may be part of the foundations, but it is not clear what part.  We may investigate further.

2 — DAHG Fayre

Saturday 18th  April – ‘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 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, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com with your offerings.

Please bring items to the hall between 9 and 10 o’clock on the morning of the event.  Helpers needed to set up and staff stalls etc.

3 – Darley Day  (delayed from last year)

On Saturday 20th June, the whole Village and Groups will be involved.  The Theme is “Spin a Tale of Darley Past, Present and Future”.  DACA have organised that The Castella Ballet Group will be performing around the village, using “9 Moments in Darley History”.  We will mount an Exhibition of these ‘9 Moments’ using our Archive material.  The Exhibition will be in the Village Hall, with Darley WI providing the “Old English Tea Shop”.

Helpers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down displays.

It is proposed that there will be “Darley Open Gardens” on the following day Sunday 21st.

4 — Derwent Valley Mills / WHS Discovery Day

On Friday 9th  October, DVM have organised Discovery Day for the south end of the Derwent Valley.  The theme this year is “Women of the Valley”.  We will mount an exhibition on “Women in Darley Abbey” through the ages, using material from our Archive plus anything that Members and Residents want to display.  We could also produce a DAHG Booklet on “Darley Women”, using the material discovered.  Would any-one like to volunteer to manage the project ? The venue for this event is to be agreed. The website will be duly updated.

RESEARCH

1 — Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we now have 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, No. 15,  on “The Darley Mills Strike of 1917/18” is now available.

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

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

2 — “Darley Memories” and “Darley Photos” Projects

The website continues to attract old Darleians, who are offering written memories and photos of Old Darley activities.  Recently Old Darleian Andrew Thurman offered some fascinating recollections of his family and their memories of things being dug up in Darley, such as skeletons, stone chests, marble columns and Norwegian coins !  Does any-one elses family have similar recollections ?  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 ?

3 – Village Hall Lawn Hole

A hole has re-appeared in the lawn, after repeated filling in

over the years. DACA and ourselves have decided to investigate the cause of the sinking by digging out the hole with a digger, under archaeological supervision.  We suspect that the hole may be due to a hollow (Abbey buildings ?) below, because it is close to previous finds at The Barn and The Allotments/Hill Square.  But it may only be rotting tree roots or decaying debris from the Darley Hall demolition.

We are finalising plans with DCC and seeking Grant funding to cover the mechanical and archaeological work.

4 – New Road Allotments – Proposed house-building

We have now seen the Archaeological Reports on the trenching carried out on this site on New Rd., where three new houses were proposed.  There was 13th C. pottery there (as in our Ice-house Dig) and burials, which will need further investigation.  These burials are close to several others found in the past in Hill Square (as in item 2 above)  suggesting this is within the Abbey complex.

5 — Watching Briefs & Surveys

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

6 — PLANNING  APPLICATIONS

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

The Barn / Severn Trent Sewage Pumping Station  –  no news yet.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Our Blog has now been accessed in over 35 countries around the world. We’re well on our way to the 7000 page-hits mark too. Not bad for such a small group. We believe this goes to show that Darley Abbey is a place of great interest and history; a sentiment expressed by Mrs. Stevens in her talk to Allestree residents in 1938!

Whilst extracting the stats. I came to wonder who were all these viewers. Only a day or so later I received an email from an ex Darleian, Andrew Thurman, a well known nameLocation in the Philippines in the village. Over a thread of nearly 20 emails I suggested he came to the next meeting to say Hello. I was disappointed that he replied No, but then amazed as

I realised he lived in, Bohol, the Philippines !

You’ve probably read by now Alan’s comments about what he has been telling us, as related to him by his grandparents. The power of The Net eh?

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 herehttps://darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup.wordpress.com/publications/

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.

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.

The latest picture header on the website is from Peter Nelson. It shows the snow in Darley during 1940.  Do you want your Darley picture displayed? Send it to us via the email address above.

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website Editor

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019 No. 93

NEXT  MEETINGS

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 17th 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 an earlier 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 all agreed to start at 7.30pm.

However, as a result of the venue change for December’s meeting, our Talks will start at 7.30pm, with effect from Wednesday 18th December 2019.

EVENTS

Darley Legacy Makers

There was a presentation of research findings by Helen Bates at a meeting on 18th November in St Matthew’s Church Fellowship Room, to a good audience including some DAHG members.   The researchers have found the routes of cotton bales and cotton products in and out of Darley, and some of the agents involved in the carriage and shipment.

Normanton-by-Derby Historical Society

On 27th November, Alan gave a talk to Normanton on “Tunnels in Darley”, which was well-received.  Also 9 DAHG Booklets were sold.

DAHG Fayre

18 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 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 us at, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com 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 is also a mini-poster on our Notice Board in the hall.

RESEARCH

Walled Garden/Peter Pan Club Yard

On 4 Dec. Tony & Alan did a Dowsing Survey in the old Peter Pan Club Yard, at the invitation of FODOS and DCC Parks, who are clearing the site, to see what was buried underground.  Various features were detected, such as pipe-lines, building foundations and a very large sandstone block.  We may investigate further. The visit will be documented, with pics, and made available to members in due course.

Rear lawn of the Village Hall

Following the appearance of ‘a hole’ in the lawn investigations have taken place by Alan and Tony.

Trent and Peak Archaeology have been contacted as some interesting pieces of pottery have been unearthed. More on this in the next newsletter.

Here’s a picture of ‘the hole’ !!

Darley Booklets,

The Booklets project is moving fast, and we now have 6 published booklets (Nos.2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 15). The latest, #15, is on the 1917/18 Mill Strike. Our Booklets are available right now and are  competitively priced at a £2.50 each. [Booklet #1 is awaiting scanning to allow a reprint next year.]

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. See later in Tony’s section for further information.

“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 no damage seems to have been done, except that someone has driven a vehicle over the boardwalk, perhaps during the floods, and smashed two sections.

    

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 :-  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  –  no news yet.

Tony Lintott adds …….

Further to Alan’s piece about the Booklets, you can also ‘buy on-line’. 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. Please take a look, as some have done already.

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 over 30 countries around the world. We’re well 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.

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Website Editor – Tony Lintott

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