Advent Calendar – Day 19

Less than a week to go, not many more doors to investigate now…

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Account of ‘Crismas Boxes’ given to servants of the Chandos-Pole family of Radbourne in 1772 (Ref: D5557/23/2)

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Long before the welfare state, individual families would make charitable donations to the less well-off in their household or their parish. Donations might be in cash such as the Christmas boxes from the Chandos-Pole family to their servants (each man receiving 1s). Other records of such Christmas giving include:

  • beef given to local families by Lady Agnes Fitzherbert in 1857 (Ref: D6943/2/1)
  • List of persons receiving Christmas dole (to the amount of 5s 4d), 1880; recorded in the account book of the Little Eaton Churchwardens (Ref: D1293/A/PW 1)
  • Mr Cavendish’s bounty given at Christmas 1900 to the relatives of West Derbyshire men serving in South Africa during the Boer War(Ref: D504/115/12)
  • the poor of Belper each receiving an additional 1s each and 6d per boarded-out child in Christmas week, approved by the Board of Guardians (responsible for the workhouse and provision of out-relief in 1914 (Ref: D19/CW/1/28)

About the Chandos-Pole of Radbourne archive collection: The item behind today’s door is held amongst the archive collection of the Chandos-Pole family of Radbourne (see the D5557 online catalogue for details of other items in the collection). The collection dates from the time of Sir German Pole (died 1634), and includes estate papers,  surveys, rentals and accounts relating to Chandos-Pole properties and interests in Derbyshire. There is also a good series of correspondence, especially for the time of German Pole (1626-1683), who married Anne, daughter of Richard Newdigate of Arbury in Warwickshire.  The correspondents include John Gell (D5557/2/131) and members of the Mundy family (for example, D5557/2/35,36,42,43,45,51).  There are also letters from Barbados (D5557/2/120,126). Furthermore, there are papers of R W Chandos Pole relating to the Derbyshire Imperial Yeomanry and to Mugginton School which was founded by the charity of Rev Samuel Pole and Ann Pole in the 18th century.

About the family: Sir German Pole served against the Spanish Armada and was made a Knight Banneret for his services in Ireland.  The surname Chandos was assumed by Sacheverell Pole in 1807 as representative of Sir John Chandos.  The family estate based at Radbourne included lands in Barton Park, Dalbury Lees, Littleover, Barlborough, Mercaston and Brailsford in Derbyshire, and Hanbury in Staffordshire.

Advent Calendar – Day 18

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Chesterfield and District Family History Society magazine, no. 92 (Sep 2012), available in Local Studies

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Featured in this edition are

  • a report of the meeting held on 3 July, which included a talk from Ian Morgan about “Within Site of the Gibbet”, ‘a tale of murder, highway robbery and transportation in the Peak District and featuring the well-known story of Robert Blincoe, an apprentice at Litton Mill
  • details of records and information found amongst the archives here about Chesterfield during the Civil War
  • an account by Doreen Rodgers of her great-grandmother Sarah Milner, and the difficulties she had faced and had caused her family to face as well.

The Chesterfield and District Family History Society (CADFHS) was established in September 1989 and their first newsletter was published that October. CADFHS continue to donate a copy of their quarterly magazine to our Local Studies collection, and these are preserved amongst our periodicals section in the main Local Studies store room at the Record Office.

There are hundreds of titles of local magazines, newspapers, newsletters as well as national journals and periodicals, in the local studies collection spanning a wide range of themes and subjects across Derbyshire. From family history magazines and society newsletters, parish magazines, research journals, printed minutes, reports and other publications of local organisations, including local authorities, year books and more.

If you are interested in taking a look at any of these items, just drop by and we can get them out for you. Unlike material held in the archive collection, we can retrieve almost all material held in the local studies collection within a few minutes – some items on the public access shelves, but we will still be very happy to help you find the right items.

Advent Calendar – Day 17

A week to go until Christmas Eve. We will be closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopening at 9.30 on Tuesday 29th December. It will be a three day week though, as we will also be closed on the Friday for New Year’s Day, reopening as normal on Saturday 2nd January at 9.30.

Until then, we have a few more advent doors for you…

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Photograph of the football team at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, c1960s (Ref: D3512/10/3)

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Chapel-en-le-Frith High School was originally established as a boys school in 1830, with a girls school established in 1887. In 1934, the boys, girls and infants schools merged to become the Church of England Mixed School. From 1947, the school accommodated children of secondary school age only (primary school children being taught at what had been the Methodist Church). A new school was erected and opened in Long Lane in 1952 as Chapel-en-le-Frith County Secondary School, and is still there today as the High School.

Other records held in the school’s archive collection at the Record Office include log books 1935-1960, admission registers 1875-1947, governors’ minutes 1991-1993, and papers relating to courses taught between 1986 and 1988.

Advent Calendar – Day 16

I hope you are all feeling better prepared than me for Christmas next week (next week!). Maybe something beautiful behind today’s door…

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Beautiful bindings, volumes from Local Studies

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Together these items were actually the first of our 50 Treasures – chosen by Local Studies Librarian, Lisa, who reminds us that items can be appreciated simply for their aesthetics as well as the information they hold.

Those who have visited the Record Office since we reopened as and archives and local studies service nearly three years ago, will have seen how other items in our collections have inspired the internal decor, from wallpaper to building signage to a poem inspired by Treasure 11.

Advent Calendar – Day 15

Have you been up early this morning waiting to find out what is behind today’s door? (only joking)

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Copy. Map of Belper and Heage by John Hatton, 1698 (Ref: D369/G/Maps/15). This item is part of the series of maps collected and deposited by the Derbyshire Archaeological Society (ref: D369).

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To the modern eye, this item may look quite unfamiliar as a map, however it is quite typical for the 17th century, when cartography and map making was an expensive business. Maps were generally produced for a very specific purpose and would therefore only include information relevant to that purpose rather than as an accurate geographic or geological representation of an area. Nevertheless this is a particularly useful map as it does include a scale in the top right corner, and many of the buildings (the sketches of which are likely to have some, though not complete, reliability with regards to the actual buildings) are accompanied by a name. I’m afraid I have not had time to look at this item, and any related records in enough detail to determine whether these names belong to the owner or occupier of each building.

For a list of more early maps of Derbyshire, including items held in other archives, please see Derbyshire Record Society’s 2012 edition of A Catalogue of Local Maps of Derbyshire c1528-1800, available in our Local Studies collection, and other libraries across the county (see the Library Catalogue for more information).

Of course you can also search the online archives catalogue for these and other maps and plans held in our archives collection. In particular, there are quite a good number of different maps for Belper, especially amongst the Strutt estate collections (ref: D1564, D3772).

If you are interested in old maps generally, there is a beautiful example amongst our 50 Treasures – Treasure 8: the Gresley processional map And don’t forget, you can nominate an item from our archives and local studies collection (or even a series or collection of items) for the 50 Treasures.

Advent Calendar – Day 14

10 days to Christmas eve…

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Marriage record of John Peach and Hannah Rowland on this day 237 years ago, in 1778. (Ref: D650/A/PI/1/3)

Congratulations to everyone else who is marrying today, and around this time.

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It is a little unusual to find marriage records in this format at this time. Following Hardwick’s Marriage Act, all marriage records had to be kept in a separate register which was pre-printed. In the case of Thorpe St Leonard this register (ref: D650/A/PI/1/3), it is possible that the parish didn’t have all the necessary registers, as the single marriage register does not start until 1767, breaking in 1772. The previous baptism and burial register also finishes in 1772, and a few loose pages are used until the new registers start in 1784 for baptisms and burials.

Advent Calendar – Day 13

Over half way there now…

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Watercolour illustration of the monument to Sir George Manners in Vernon Chapel, Bakewell, from a volume entitled ‘The Sepulchral Monuments of Derbyshire’ collected by John Joseph Briggs, 1872 (Ref: D4626/1). The volume (which can be viewed as digital images via our public computers) contains nearly 100 similar illustrations from across Derbyshire, all beautifully drawn with such attention to detail. 13. D4626-1 (31) Monument to Sir George Manners, Bakewell Church

Don’t forget, if you see anything you especially like, let us know if you want to nominate it as one of our 50 Treasures.

Advent Calendar – Day 12

Are you excited yet?

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Postcard of Carl Wark, Peak District (Ref: Local Studies, Postcards)

According to the Peak District Information website: “[Carl Walk] is very likely that the hill was fortified in the Iron Age (or earlier) at the same time as Mam Tor, which you can see from Higgar Tor, only a few hundred metres away, and a plaque alongside the hill records this. However, archaeologists now tend towards the view that the massive fortifications which can still be seen at the western entrance were probably constructed in the Romano-British period at the start of the Dark Ages, maybe about 500 AD, so the fort has a long and probably complex history of occupation. Along with nearby Higgar Tor, the hill is a fine viewpoint and makes a nice walk from the Fox House Inn on the Hathersage to Sheffield road”.

Postcard of Carl Wark, Peak District

Postcard of Carl Wark, Peak District

There are thousands of photographs, postcards and other illustrations in the local studies collection – many of them are now available to search and view online via Picture the Past (if you’re stuck for something to do after a hefty Christmas dinner, why not indulge in some nostalgia looking through the images on here).

 

Advent Calendar – Day 10

How prepared are you feeling with only 15 more sleeps to go? Here is door number 10…

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A photograph of Borrowash Library not long after it first opened in June 1952. 

Borrowash Library,

Borrowash Library,

If you know the library, you can probably picture how it looks today while looking at this photograph. The photograph itself can be found amongst the archive collection for the libraries department (Ref: D2980/UL). Borrowash Library Other photographs from 1875 of Derbyshire libraries in use can be seen on the public PCs at the Record Office. Please drop in anytime to take a look, no need to book, just bring your library ticket for logging on to the computer.

Of course, you can also Visit Borrowash Library too and see how it has changed

Advent Calendar – Day 9

Is there anything new to learn behind door number 9? We hope so…

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Roll of Honour of the 8th Co. Imperial Yeomanry, 4th Battalion, Derbyshire contingent, during the Boer War (Ref: D6160/1)

The Roll of Honour records the names of the seven officers and 128 non-commissioned officers and men of the contingent, as well as the names of those killed in action, taken prisoner, wounded or died of disease. It is decorated with illustrations, including photographic portraits of the seven officers and a photograph of the 1st Company of the Imperial Yeomanry at Winburg. It is also illustrated with portraits of Queen Victoria, King Edward VIII and Queen Alexandra, a map of the area of conflict in South Africa and a small painting of a rifleman on horseback.

About the company: enrolled on 9 January 1900, it left Derby for South Africa on 21 January 1900. It fought in various engagements, numbering 73 in total, including at Thaba Nichu, Biddulphsberg, Wittebergen and Reitz. It left Capetown for England on 7 May 1901 and arrived in Derby on 9 June 1901, being disbanded the next day.

D6160-1 Boer War Roll of Honour

D6160-1 Boer War Roll of Honour