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The Pentrich Rising

Two hundred years ago this month, a group of poor men desperate to feed their families took decisive if impulsive action aimed at overthrowing the government and ending poverty. At the time England’s economy was in a dire state: bad harvests had led to famine and fewer workers were needed because of the Industrial Revolution. […]

Pollyanna’s Wonderful World

From sitting shoulder to shoulder with a mountain gorilla on the slopes of a dormant volcano in Rwanda, to being charged by a wild tiger in the foothills of the Himalayas, Pollyanna Pickering is one of the few artists to have truly travelled the world to get close to her wild subjects. And Pollyanna recently […]

OSLO On A Shoestring

Even the locals complain about the cost of living in Norway, but as we discovered, it is possible to enjoy the delights of Oslo, Norway’s capital without breaking the bank. Many of its attractions are either free or inexpensive, and if you are over sixty, then by asking for an ‘honor rebatt’, (age reduction), prices […]

Marehay Coal Miner who captained England

COMPARISONS with the modern game can help illustrate Alf Strange’s achievements in football. A skilful right-half, he was a member of the Sheffield Wednesday team which won the First Division championship – equivalent to the Premier League – in two consecutive seasons, 1928-29 and 1929-30, were never out of the top three for five years […]

Mr Straw’s House

A side turning into the quiet tree-lined suburban road a mere half mile from Worksop town centre gives no hint that Number 7 Blythe Grove is a time capsule where nothing has changed for almost seventy years. No. 7 Blythe Road, Worksop was the home of a well-to-do tradesman, William Straw, a Worksop provisions and […]

Kedleston Hall

Before Kedleston Hall reopened this year, Brian Spencer went along to look at the conservation work carried out over the winter by its present owners, the National Trust. In the mid 1700s Sir Nathaniel Curzon employed the up and coming young architect Robert Adam to design and build Kedleston Hall, his first major commission.  What […]

Deserted Villages

Up and down the land the remains of abandoned villages can only be recognised by a comment on an Ordnance Survey map. There are around 3000 sites of such places up and down the country where the words Medieval Village in Gothic type with the words ‘site of’ in brackets underneath record all that is […]

Magpie Mine

Brian Spencer visits the finest example of an 18th and 19th century lead mine existing in Britain. A pair of tall chimneys, a sturdy pit-head winding wheel, a lonely cottage and a ruined stone engine house stand in a field off the Bakewell to Chelmorton road, high on the limestone plateau near Sheldon.  They are […]


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