Dronfield Heritage Trust have just sent us an email about Dronfield Hall Barn’s forthcoming events, including a talk at the Peel Centre tomorrow (Thursday 30 Sep) about archaeological excavations at Tinsley. If that sounds like your bag, do follow the link embedded mid-way through the previous sentence to find out more!
This week we have delivered the first of our 13 kids activity sessions as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. In line with this year’s theme, Creepy House, the typically enthusiastic children and just as enthusiastic parents in New Mills and Glossop created some fantastic and eery models of Wingfield Manor.
All sessions are free of charge and the children are encouraged to enter their work into our competition to win a new book. All competition entries will be displayed in the gallery wall at the Record Office in Matlock from 2 September for visitors to vote for the best ones. Still to come…
Derbyshire’s own Creepy House – Wingfield Manor: 15th century mansion, 16th century prison, 17th century fort, 18th century ruin
Discover the secrets of Wingfield Manor ready to build and design your own model of this creepy house
Newbold Library, Monday 12 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Creswell Library, Monday 12 August, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Dronfield Library, Monday 19 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Alfreton Library, Thursday 29 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Breaking News! Family histories jumbled in crash: Use the clues to put the families stories back together and create a history suitcase for the next generation
Craft session to get children thinking about their ancestry
Long Eaton Library, Wednesday 14 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Eckington Library, Monday 19 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Chesterfield Library, Friday 23 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Ilkeston Library, Thursday 29 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
A Century of My Village: What was your village like when Queen Victoria was on the throne?
Use old photographs to make your own pop-theatre of the village
Melbourne Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Bolsover Library, Friday 23 August, 2.00pm-3.00pm
If you would like to book please contact the appropriate library. More information about the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries or by contacting your local library.
From the Derbyshire Times, 30th April 1881:
A STRUGGLE WITH A THIEF
On Monday noon an impudent till robbery was committed by a tramp, at the shop of Jabez H. Walker, grocer, Unstone. Whilst Mr Walker was at dinner the tramp entered the shop without ringing the door bell, and took from the till its contents, amounting to £1 6s. 6d. But on going out of the shop he accidentally rang the bell, and Mr Walker entered the shop as he was going out at the door. He was asked what he wanted, and replied half an ounce of tobacco. This was supplied, for which he tendered sixpence in payment and Mr Walker going to the till for change discovered the robbery, which he charged the prisoner with committing.
The prisoner went away to the Fleur de Lis Inn, where he was followed by Mr Walker. He acknowledged taking the money, which he gave to Mr Walker, but on being informed that he would not be allowed to leave the place he took out a large clasp knife, and made a violent attempt to force his way out of the room. The door of the room was, however, secured, and finding his escape cut off, he attempted, after doing some damage in the room, to jump through the window, one or two of the panes of which he first destroyed. Whilst attempting to jump out, a man on the road threw a cinder, which struck him on the head, knocking him down insensible. He was then secured, his hands being tied with a rope, until the arrival of Inspector Spencer, of Dronfield, who took him to the Dronfield Police Station. He gave the name of George Jones, but refused to give his address.
He had an accomplice, who stood outside Mr Walker’s shop at the time Jones went in and committed the robbery, and who it is said went to the Fleur de Lis Inn and asked to be admitted to the room where Jones had been secured. Inspector Spencer, with praiseworthy promptitude, went in search for him, and ultimately apprehended him in Dronfield. He gave the name of Jack Curtis, said he was an Irishman, but refused to say where he hailed from. On being searched a large knife with long blade and sharp point, similar to the one taken from Jones, was found upon him. He professed to have no knowledge of Jones.
We hold the Derbyshire Times on microfilm; Chesterfield edition from 1854, all editions from 1963 – just ring to book a microfilm reader.
Here are the final installments of photos from the ‘History of You’ craft sessions we have hosted in Derbyshire Libraries over the school holidays as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
Swadlincote Library, 7 August, Borrowash Library, 22 August and Matlock Library, 28 August
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We are very sorry to all the people who attended our sessions in Staveley and Dronfield on Thursday 16 August, unfortunately, all the photographs were accidentally deleted from the camera and we are not able to share the photographs from this day.
From a craft session to a creative writing session, we grabbed some lunch at Chesterfield Library and humbly awaited the arrival of our next group who were coming to write stories using old local photographs from Picture the Past as inspiration. Here are some of the fantastic results;-
Some photos from the afternoon…
“I never will like elephants”: Olivia’s story (with illustrations) was inspired by an 1899 photograph of elephants parading down Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield (DCCC001392);-
Keep an eye out for more stories from this event as the young people finish their stories at home and send them in. In the meantime, here is the story written by our Conservator’s daughter, Rebecca, “Was it real?” inspired by the very white and snowy St John’s churchyard in Buxton (DCBM000010)
We’re looking forward to even more stories and poems from our session at Duffield Library on Wednesday 22 August and at Alfreton Library on Tuesday 28 August (both events are free but booking is essential; please contact the library concerned to book a place).
Here’s one turned up by a researcher in the search room on Saturday: Mary Ann Shufflebottom (buried in Dronfield, 1920)