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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 […]

Exploring New Mills

The end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago saw massive floods careering down what became the Sett and Goyt valleys. The power generated by the force of billions of gallons of flood water carved a deep gorge, around which the town of New Mills now stands. This water was a heaven-sent opportunity […]

Lost House – Derwent Hall

Architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom undertook the work of creating an Elysium amongst the dark hills above Derwent. Next time you turn on the tap, you might spare a thought for poor old Derwent Hall. This interesting and distinguished house disappeared slowly beneath the waters of Derwent Reservoir between summer 1943 and 1945, when the last […]

Derbyshire’s Homegrown Cricketing Heros

IDEALLY, county cricket’s trophy winners are saluted by an ecstatic home crowd or by a full house at Lord’s. Four of Derbyshire’s five major honours fit this category: the NatWest and Benson and Hedges finals of 1981 and 1993, the Sunday League title clinched at Derby in 1990 and promotion and the Second Division championship […]

A Walk through Codnor and Ironville

In my recent winter warmer walk I mentioned about being puzzled by the strange tower-like pit head of Brittain Pit near Midland Railway’s Swanwick Junction.  As there is winding machinery apparently attached to the tower, it seemed an odd way to access the mine workings beneath.  I mentioned this to a friend who readily explained […]

A Ride Along Midland Railway

At one time it was possible for trains to travel directly from Nottingham to Manchester without going through Sheffield. Trains laden with Nottinghamshire coal would leave the Sheffield line above between Codnor Park Station and Pye Bridge Ironville and travel through Golden Valley to Ambergate where they would join the London via Derby line to […]

Derwent Bank at Darley Abbey

Last month I wrote of an extraordinary house designed by the Derby amateur architect, banker, tax official and serial Mayor of Derby Alderman Richard Leaper (1759-1838), Mill Hill. Poor Leaper’s oeuvre has suffered rather badly from 20th century demolitions, however, so I thought we ought to look at another of his lost houses whilst the […]

The Dukeries

Set in and around the remains of Sherwood Forest, grand former estates of the great and the good have since the 18th century, been known as The Dukeries.  Brian Spencer takes a gentle tour through this still rural part of north Nottinghamshire. The four times married and ambitiously illustrious Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury […]