Pelham Puppets Antiques

In 2015, Bamford’s suddenly found ourselves completely inundated with over 1,500 Pelham Puppets – stacks of standard ones many rarer ones, mostly boxed and all from one collector in Lincolnshire. All which needed careful cataloguing and which formed the sole component of three sales, 16th September and 5th November that year, followed by the last […]

Product Test – Elemis

Time to Revitalise with Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak,  £38 400ml A powerful synergy for overworked, tired, aching muscles. This natural foaming bath soak has an energising and uplifting aroma. This incredible deep heat aroma remedy is a powerful synergy for overworked, tired and aching muscles. Energising and uplifting extracts of birch, juniper, clove, alpine […]

Walk Around Birchover & Stanton Moor

Birchover is one of Derbyshire’s true hill villages. Set well away from any major road, it owes its existence to the attractively hued gritstone still quarried nearby. While there are not quite the numbers of men and women employed in the remaining quarry than in years gone by, there are still many of the original […]

The Story of JCB

The story of JCB whose distinctive yellow machines are found on almost every building site in the land, goes back to 1945.  This was when Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE (1916-2001) was sacked by his father’s brother for being too entrepreneurial.  As Brian Spencer soon discovered on a visit to the Story of JCB exhibition at […]

Walk Around Pentrich

It is hard to realise that this idyllic part of rural Derbyshire once harboured a group of men who in desperation tried to form an association along the lines of a self-help union.  They were driven to this by the conditions of the time, two hundred years ago when rising prices of even the most […]

Lichfield Town

Over to our right as we drove down the A38, the three graceful spires of Lichfield’s cathedral brought about a change of plan.  As we had never been to Lichfield and were not in any hurry, we decided to make a diversion as Michelin Guides would have it, and spend a couple of hours exploring […]