NEWSLETTER SEPT 2018 No. 80

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

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

EVENTS

DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

RESEARCH

Village Trough / Font and Village Memories

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

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

Ice Houses

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

 

 

 

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

Ice-House Pottery

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

Tunnels off Spinney Close – Another Ice-House ?

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

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

 

Village Hall Lawn Hole

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

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

 

 

Darley Park Multi-user Path

Pending reply from Janet Dean & Steve Baker

 ADMINISTRATION

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

Librarian Vacancy

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

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

Tony Lintott adds …….

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

 DAHG Contact and Access

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

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

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Weblog Editor – Tony Lintott

 

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NEWSLETTER JULY 2018 No. 79

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

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

EVENTS

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

Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

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

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

RESEARCH

Ice-House Pottery

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

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

Another Ice-House ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADMINISTRATION

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

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

OTHER

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

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

DAHG CONTACT AND ACCESS

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

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

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website / Blog Editor

 

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2018 No. 78

NEXT  MEETINGS.

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

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

EVENTS

Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

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

And by October, there will be many more activities.

Hall Shrubbery and Ice-House  / Game Larder Site

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

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

Ice-House Dig Pottery

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

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

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

Tony Lintott’s Notes

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

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

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

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

Contact and Access

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

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

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Website / Blog Editor

NEWSLETTER – MAY 2018 No. 77

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 18th May, Brian Stone will talk on “The Sherwood Foresters at the Battle of the Somme”.  This talk will follow the DACA AGM which will take place on the same evening.

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

EVENTS

The Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre on Sat. 5th May was well-attended and raised £171 gross for the Group.  Thanks to Marie, Sheila, Maureen and Carol for organising and to all those who took part. The Rev Peter Barham had a steady stream of visitors to his display about Elvaston Castle and their Community project.

DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary

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

And by October, there will be many more activities.

Hall Shrubbery and Ice-House Site  —  We have issued our plans to FODOS/DACA for the renovation of the Game-larder/Ice-house foundations and for better access to the Shrubbery, with an Interpretation Board.  We have also contacted the City Archaeologist for his advice on the value of the restoration project and the process necessary to repair it correctly.  If we receive positive responses, we will approach DCC and formulate a plan which, if approved by DCC Parks, will go for a funding bid.

ADMINISTRATION

Data Protection Act  —  New legislation comes into force in May 2018, which means DAHG has to produce a Policy for storing and securing the files of personal data of Members, which we use to keep you informed about the Group.    A draft Privacy Policy has been circulated to the Committee for discussion before being released.

Please complete the documentation issued with the emailed Newsletter and return to the HonSec.

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

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

Tony Lintott’s Notes

There is now a PW web address for the whole of the Derwent Valley.  Take a look here: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/ Explore the Valley with your GPS Smartphone!

Contact and Access

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

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

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2018 No. 76

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 20th April, Tony Lintott will give his talk on “The Ice-house Dig – Planning and Results”. The final round-up! Read his presentation HERE

On 18th May, Brian Stone will talk on “The Sherwood Foresters at the Battle of the Somme”.

EVENTS

The Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre is drawing close, planned by Marie, Sheila, Maureen and Carol for Saturday May  5th 2018 to be held in the Village Hall from 10 -12 noon.  Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff and put away the displays.  Please contribute your ideas for displays via email.  Please use this >>  SIGN UP SHEET Please contribute your ideas for displays via email.  Items for the stalls are required, e.g. Books, CDs, Plants …. Contact Marie at maria.curl@hotmail.co.uk or call her on 01332 552837

The Rev. Peter Barham will have a stand there to collect information for his MA project on “Elvaston Castle Charitable Trust”.

WWI Anniversary  –we  need ideas for DAHG to commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November.

We have booked the Village Hall for Saturday 27th October, 12.00 – 17.00, as part of DVMills Discovery Days, for a Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme.

Other Groups in Darley will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War with their biographies in the Church magazine, planting trees to commemorate them (see DACA piece at end), and displaying a knitted poppy trail. Let me have your ideas with a historical theme.

Darley Park Pathway  —  Steve Baker, the City Archaeologist, has received our letter on historic features along the route of the path and is in contact with DCC over our concerns.

Hall Shrubbery and Ice-House Site  —  A meeting on 10th April between FODOS, DCC Parks and DAHG discussed, among other topics,  the further development of the Ice-House site in the Shrubbery, to display the ruins,  improve the access and provide an interpretation board.  DAHG and FODOS will formulate a plan, which if approved by DCC Parks, will go for a funding bid. DACA/FODOS and DAHG have planted saplings.

Derwent Valley Mills  —  Darley Abbey has two articles in the latest DVM Newsletter No. 17/2018 on The Ice-house Dig and on the FODOS Interpretation Boards. Link to the the latest DVMWHS Newsletter HERE

Derby Bygones  —  Member Hazel Thompson’s article on “Boden’s Pleasaunce” has been issued as a DAHG Research report No. 95. A link to the articles can be found here, 12MAR2018 and here, 19MAR2018

Etwall Local History Group  —  Following a visit to Darley by the Etwall Group a few years ago, Alan is giving them a talk on “The Evans Family of Darley Abbey” on Tuesday 17th April at Etwall.

ADMINISTRATION

Data Protection Act  —  New legislation comes into force in May 2018, which means DAHG has to produce a Policy for storing and securing the files of personal data of Members, which we use to keep you informed about the Group.  Your Committee is progressing this; attached is a form for you to re-register, giving us the only data we will hold about you. Our Policy Document will tell you how we use and store it, and you will need to agree to that process. Members will have received the full information, forms etc. by email.

Committee Comments – the Group does not run itself . Volunteers,  please step forward !

  • We still need a Librarian for the Group. 
  • We need new Committee Members.

Our thanks to Committee Member Margaret for her lovely Easter cards :))

Roy Hartle’s Notes on recent Books

“Collecting Local History”, James Mackay, 254 pages, many illustrations.

Not specifically about any particular place or object but a guide to what and where to find items and information relevant to our Local History.

“Derby Its Rise & Progress”, A W Davison. 342 pages, 2 maps & 10 pictures of old Derby

This book covers the history of Derby from prehistoric times to 1906. Read about the Abbot of Darley who surrendered the Abbey to Henry VIII for a pension of fifty pounds, A fascinating book to read, worthy of occasional study

ACID Magazine  – Issue 14, January 2017

Duffield Castle pages 4/5

HERITAGE AT RISK includes a picture of St. Matthew’s Church. Pages 10/11

LIDAR, A new laser scanning technique to reveal hidden features in the ground, pages 6/7 & 18/19.

ACID Magazine – Issue 15, January 2018

Nothing specific about the Derwent Valley Mills, but well worth reading the article about the creation of a face for a skull and an article about the first known Iron Age iron-making site at Eckington.

You could check with Librarian – if we had one!

Wonders of the Peak (formerly Pocket Wonders)

Wonders web address – for the whole of the Derwent Valley – Wonders of the Peak  Explore the Valley with your GPS Smartphone!

Contact and Access

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

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

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor

NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2018 No. 75

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 16th March, Alan Bradwell will give a talk on “Roman Influence in Darley Abbey”

On 20th April, Tony Lintott will talk on “The Ice-House Dig – The Planning and The Results”

EVENTS

Village Hall – Thanks to Janet Dean and the DACA Team for keeping the Hall warm for our meetings during the last 3 months of gas boiler problems. New gas mains are now installed. Here’s the work in progress.

Finds …..

 

The Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre is taking shape, planned by Marie, Sheila, Maureen and Carol for Saturday May  5th 2018 to be held in the Village Hall from 10 -12 noon.  Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff and put away the displays. Please use this >>  SIGN UP SHEET Please contribute your ideas for displays via email.  Items for the stalls are required, e.g. Books, CDs, Plants …. Contact Marie at maria.curl@hotmail.co.uk or call her on 01332 552837

Village Trough  —  we have not had any feed-back on the history of the trough, despite widespread publicity via the Blog.    Does any-one have any recollections of its location and use ? Thanks to the DACA Team for relocating it to the Village Hall terrace.

WW1 Anniversary  — We  need ideas for DAHG to commemorate the 100yr. anniversary in November.

Other Groups in Darley will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War, planting trees to commemorate them, and displaying a knitted poppy trail. Let me have your ideas with a historical theme.

Data Protection Act  —  New legislation comes into force in May 2018, according to our British Association of Local Historians (BALH) Newsletter, which means DAHG has to produce a Policy for storing and securing the  files of personal data of Members, which we use to keep you informed about the Group.  Your Committee will progress this, but at a future meeting we will need to show each of you what data we hold about you, how we use and store it, and you will need to agree to that process.

Darley Park Pathway  —  A 3m. wide hard-core path is proposed by DCC to run along the riverside and mill stream from the boat-house up to Deans Field.  The section along the mill stream runs through Olers Field (the cricket field) and will be on a board-walk i.e. on pile-driven stilts; its route means the playground will have to be moved and re-built.  I have raised with Steve Baker, the City Archaeologist, that there are several buried archaeological features along this route (sluice, fish ponds, buildings), which the board-walk might  damage and will inhibit future investigations.  We await his response. Interesting report HERE

Derby Telegraph Bygones  —  Member Hazel Thomson had a ‘must read’, two-part article on “Boden’s Pleasaunce” in the Derby Telegraph on 12th March and 19th March.  A link to the articles can be found here, 12MAR2018 and here, 19MAR2018  [Thanks to Jane Goddard of Bygones for the supply of pdfs.]

Tony’s Infobytes

  • Pocket Wonders: address for the whole of the Derwent Valley is here: Weblink  Explore the Valley with your GPS Smartphone!
  • Blog Stats: Our Country count is now at 14 (incl UK) and over 3000 page-hits.

Committee Comments – the Group does not run itself . Volunteers,  please step forward !

  • We still need a Librarian for the Group. 
  • We need new Committee Members.

 

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor

NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2018 No. 74

NEXT  MEETINGS.

On 16th February, We have a change of speaker; now Laura Binns of Trent & Peak Archaeology will talk on “The Ice-house Excavation and Results”.

Here’s a picture of Laura on-the-night and some of the great turn out of members and visitors

Tony Lintott will give his Ice House “Summary of Project” Talk on April 20th. This will be the close of the project event, save ad-hoc exhibitions.

On 16th March, Alan Bradwell will give a talk on “Roman Influence in Darley Abbey”

EVENTS

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig We have two bound copies of Trent & Peak Archaeology’s Final Report, one for the Archive and one for Loan.  The electronic version is available as a link on the DAHG Blog (click on  the “Ice House Dig” tab).  Our own DAHG Report on the planning , digging and much more is now available for loan – (click on  the “Ice House Dig” tab for more information).

We have paid the final invoice to T&PA, completed the “End of Project” forms for Heritage Lottery Funding and we have their closure letter.

We have put together a mailshot and leaflet on the Dig to broadcast the outcome and to thank all who contributed and took part.  This has been sent out to all participants; or pick up a copy at a meeting.

We would like to thank Laura (and team) for her support during our HLF Bid, for her management of the Dig and for the outreach work with the local Primary schools. We reiterate our thanks to everyone who participated in the dig for their contribution to our first archaeological dig for the group.

The Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre is taking shape. Planned by Marie, Sheila, Maureen and Carol for May 5th 2018 it is to be held in the Village Hall, 10:00 – 12:00.  Please contribute your ideas via email.  Volunteers should email their availability for a timed slot allocation. Download available via this link too, Sign-up Sheet

Talks Programme for 2018 Margaret has put this together, so pick up a paper copy, should you need.

Village Trough A local resident has given us a stone trough believed to have originally been outside the Abbey pub. We have consulted experts about its age and function, but with no positive results. It appears to have been fitted to a pump, perhaps for the village water supply before mains water arrived.  You can view the trough on the terrace at the rear of the Community Hall.  Does anyone have any recollections of its original location and use? Here’s a picture  —  is it a historical Darley  feature?

Retirement of Sheila Willison, our long-serving Librarian Here’s a picture of her retirement presentation by our Secretary Marie. We hope you like the flowers and thanks Sheila, for everything!

By the way, we still need a Librarian for the Group. Volunteers please step forward !

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

 Pocket Wonders There is now a PW web address for the whole of the Derwent Valley.  Take a look here: https://www.pocketwonders.co.uk/pocketwonders/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/  Explore the Valley with your GPS Smartphone!

Who’s looking at us? As most of you know we have a Blog – short for a Web Log, of our information on the Internet. Since the Blog was initiated in mid-2017 we have had lots of visitors to our site which was created as an information feed for the Ice House Project and ‘a little bit about us’: It has grown quite a bit.

As the site has been running for just over six months we thought you might be interested to read how it’s progressing, hence the title, “Who’s looking at us” so, here we go.

Firstly, some site information and a few statistics.  Our Blog has 7 sections, the first being an introduction page followed by our regular newsletters slightly tweaked for browsing on a computer, tablet or phone. There are sub-sections too, for example the Ice House Dig heading has 5 subs. as well as its top level view making six sections in all about the Ice House. Other sections allow visitors to explore ‘What we’re about’, Our Committee, Everything about Membership, including the necessary form and a Contact section, where any questions are directed to our email address. Finally, there’s a page of general information (Info) with links to other places, businesses etc.

The Blog is a very neat way of ‘advertising’ ourselves and our wares around the world and, it costs us absolutely nothing, apart from time and effort!

So, who is looking at us?  Here’s a chart using the monitoring data provided by WordPress, the website software provider and web host.

How surprising is it to find that we have had a visitor from Indonesia and that we reach Finland too? The Americans must love us as we’ve had well over a hundred hits from over the pond. Look at the Countries we’ve been seen in; we’re into double figures. There are lots of extractable statistics, but overall, they tell us the Blog is creating sufficient interest to attract all these visitors, for whatever reason. For such a tiny organisation, it’s pretty remarkable.

By the way, the bar for the UK has a restricted value in order that all the other countries get a look in. The UK actual hits is approaching 3000.

Apart from telling the world all about us one key feature of the Blog is to provide access to our Events and Membership information. This is starting to pay off as we have attracted new people into the group and to meetings, people we need to boost our modest numbers and to ‘do things’ when they join up.

So, we trust you think that our use of the internet has benefits; your Committee certainly thinks so.  Over time the Blog will develop and some sections will change to something else. Some history will always be there though, through the index at the bottom of any page. We’d be happy to hear from you and we’re happy to include your thoughts or stories in the Blog to make it even more interesting. Contact us.

Contact and Access Don’t forget to use our DAHG email address, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com to get in touch with your Committee. The Blog address is at the bottom of the Newsletter however, if you have a smartphone, note this is a new feature, ‘jump’ to the Blog by scanning the QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) next to the Lottery Logo. It even has our logo within it!  Take a look !!

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor

NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2018 No. 73

NEXT  MEETINGS

On 19th January,  it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) when we review the year and elect Committee  Members. Please come along and support your Committee.

After the AGM, Marie Gibson will talk about her (and Paul’s) project “Derby Pubs in WWI – CAMRA Project”.

On 16th February,  Tony Lintott will talk about the development and progress of “The Ice-House Project”.

EVENTS

On 26th January,  Derbyshire Archaeological Society are hosting a Talk by Paul Flintoff on “The Little Chester Flood Defences Excavations” at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane at 7.30.  It is free to non-members.

Margaret has put together the Talks Programme for 2018, so pick up a paper copy. See the Blog “Events” page too.

Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

We recently received Trent & Peak Archaeology’s Final Report in electronic form and we will be receiving 2 bound paper copies, one for the Archive and one for circulation. The electronic version is available as a link in this Blog’s “Ice House” section.

Our own DAHG Report and perspective on the planning and digging is yet to be issued.

In addition to Tony’s talk in February Laura Binns of  T&PA will speak at our April meeting, from the professional’s viewpoint.

We have put together a leaflet on the Dig to broadcast the outcome and to thank all who contributed and took part.  This will be issued to all participants, and you can pick up a copy when it is printed. There is a Blog link to the leaflet too.

All tasks within the T&PA programme are essentially completed and we will shortly pay the final invoice.

We intend to present our results to Heritage Lottery Funding and wind up the HLF programme by the end of February, exactly one year since we started the HLF process.

A Historical/Plant/Craft Fayre is planned by Marie, Maureen and Carol for May 5th 2018 to be held in the Village Hall.  Please contribute your ideas via email.

New Projects

Tony and Alan have put together a new Projects List, based on the original 2004 list and later additions; it shows those projects completed and those not yet tackled. You are encouraged to open this link Projects Spreadsheet and download the sheet.  If any of these projects appeal to you, or maybe you fancy tackling your own local history project, please get in touch so that we can offer support, and funding if it is necessary. Contact in the usual ways.

Pocket Wonders  —  Tony would like some feedback, if you have used the App. Please use the  “Contact” page of the blog or email, darleyabbeyhistoricalgroup@gmail.com

Planning Applications   There are several new Planning Applications in Darley Abbey in progress which might affect local history :-  3 Church Lane; 1 North Avenue.  Do you have any historical or archaeological concerns about any of these ?  If so, we can make objections.

AN APPEAL

We still need someone to volunteer to run the Library and issue Books/Reports to Members.  Sheila W. has definitely resigned so no issues now, unless you volunteer !

Also we need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers. Please make yourself known at the AGM, or at any other time. All help welcomed.

It’s Annual Subscriptions time. Check out the “Membership” page and make our Treasurer happy!

Newsletter Editor – Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor – Tony Lintott

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