Catalogue Available for Messrs W. G. & J. Strutt and English Sewing Cotton Company Limited Collections

We have recently been reworking the catalogue for two collections connected to the mills owned by the Strutt family, which were later taken over by the English Sewing Cotton Company. Both collections relate to the various mills in Belper, Milford and Derby, which were once thriving workplaces within Derbyshire. Snippet view of the D6948 catalogue … Continue reading Catalogue Available for Messrs W. G. & J. Strutt and English Sewing Cotton Company Limited Collections

Education of Child Workers at the Strutt Owned Mills

Back in November, I wrote about the registers of child workers I came across during the renumbering of our D6948 collection, which relates to W. G. and J. Strutt Ltd. There was little information in them about the children they referenced, besides when they were taken on and possibly their age. Recently I came across … Continue reading Education of Child Workers at the Strutt Owned Mills

Mary Vincent a friend to the World War One Soldiers of Belper

Today's post comes from Adrian Farmer, Heritage Coordinator at Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Chairman of the Belper Historical Society, who has been helping us to identify photographs in our D3638 collection for the English Sewing Cotton Company Limited. Whilst looking through some Belper-related photographs in the Record Office, we came across some … Continue reading Mary Vincent a friend to the World War One Soldiers of Belper

The Escape of General Exelmans and Colonel de la Grange

I wrote previously on the Napoleonic officers held as prisoners of war in Chesterfield. Whilst there were many interesting stories that came from that topic, I thought it best to tell of the story that first inspired my research into the prisoners at Chesterfield. That story is the escape of General Joseph Exelmans and Colonel … Continue reading The Escape of General Exelmans and Colonel de la Grange

A Female Stone Manufacturer and her Derbyshire Connection

In the Georgian period, women could be business owners, but usually if they were widows who had inherited their husband’s business, or in stereotypical female environments. Yet, there are some examples of women pushing the boundaries that were expected of them. One of these women was Eleanor Coade, who owned an artificial stone factory in … Continue reading A Female Stone Manufacturer and her Derbyshire Connection