Our next speaker meeting will be at 7.30 p.m on Thursday 28 February at St Thomas’s church centre. This will be a discussion meeting on the theme of ‘Do we want HS2 in north-east Derbyshire?’. We were prompted to arrange this after HS2 Ltd held a series of what they described as ‘consultation’ meetings in various places (including St Thomas’s), which for visitors proved to be less a chance to consult the promoters of the line as a sales opportunity for the company. The desirability of building what has been described as the most expensive railway ever to be proposed in Britain did not seem to be on the agenda. Since then there has been further press publicity concerning the ever-increasing cost of the project.

To give local people the chance to hear various points of view, we have arranged a meeting with four speakers:

Coun. Mrs Tricia Gilby, the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, will explain why her authority supports the building of a link line from HS2b (the Birmingham– Leeds section) near Tibshelf to the Midland Main Line at Clay Cross, which would itself be electrified to Sheffield, rejoining HS2b itself north of the city. Either as part of this scheme, or independently, the approach to the station at Chesterfield would be radically remodelled to create better vehicle access and an improved interchange with bus services.

Glynn Waite, who is well known locally as a railway historian but is professionally a railway industry consultant, will explain his reservations about the project.

Tony Mellors
will speak on behalf of a community group formed to oppose the building of the link line, which will sever the villages of Newton and Blackwell.

Mike Rose
, a chartered engineer, former partnership officer of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and a committee member of Railfuture Yorkshire, will speak about HS2 in the wider context of London–Yorkshire rail services.

This is a balanced and well-informed panel of speakers, and the evening will be arranged to allow ample time for questions and discussion. It should be an interesting evening, which we hope Civic Society members will find helpful and informative. Come along prepared to ask questions and find out more about a project that could transform Chesterfield’s railway service to London.

Members may wonder why HS2 Ltd themselves are not taking part. There is a simple explanation: the company was asked in November to provide a speaker and eventually, earlier this month, wrote refusing to do so. North East Derbyshire District Council has also declined to be represented.

Admission Members Free, Non-members £2

St Thomas’ Centre
For location details and directions , please click on the picture .

Public Meeting and AGM – 27th September 2018

The society met at the St Thomas’ Centre for a talk  by Paul Staniforth on Development Management and Conservation within the Borough.  Although understandably this could cover only items within the public domain he managed to include the major town centre developments, and submitted affably to some fairly tough questioning, particularly on that perennial favourite topic, Chesterfield Market. He referred extensively to the list of heritage assets maintained by the Council, and details of this and other aspects of conservation can be found on the link at the bottom of the page.


Paul’s talk was followed by the AGM.  

Chesterfield – Conservation and Heritage




Chesterfield Museum Local History Day

On Saturday we were at Chesterfield Museum for the annual Local History Fair. It was an excellent event, and we thank the Museum for hosting it. Here are a few photos from the day.


As it was the first day of the Chatsworth Road Exhibition at the Museum we have reprinted the 1996 Brampton Trail booklet. Produced by the Brampton Living History Group and published by the  Civic Society, full details can be found in the previous post. You can link to it directly by clicking on this picture of Bradbury Hall, one of the fine drawings in the guide. 

A Brampton History Trail

This little booklet was first published in 1996. In the succeeding 22 years, Brampton has changed beyond recognition. Nevertheless, much still remains, and the trail is a valuable guide to the area, while the illustrations are reminder of what has now gone.

The Civic Society has  republished it with a new preface by Philip Riden to coincide with the current Chatsworth Road exhibition in Chesterfield Museum. It is priced at £3, and copies will be available for purchase at the AGM.

Click on the specimen pages to see them at full size. 

Brampton Trail Front Cover


Brampton Trail Back Cover

Brampton Trail Page Sample

Brampton Trail 2nd Edition Preface

Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse

For many years the future of Wentworth Woodhouse has been uncertain. The recent acquisition by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, and a substantial restoration grant from the Government has hopefully secured its future. 

On Tuesday 24th July members of the Society took advantage of the recent opening of the property to the public and visited for a conducted tour of the State Rooms. As befits the largest privately owned residence in the UK, they are magnificent. A selection of photographs from the day can be seen in the gallery below. Click on any photo to enlarge it.


Further details of Wentworth Woodhouse and visiting can be found here .

Notice of Civic Society Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting
Will be held on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm in the Studio at the St.Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road.  All members and any prospective members are invited to attend.


There will also be a talk by Paul Staniforth,  the Chief Planning & Conservation Officer on current and planned developments in the Borough.


Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.
Members – free.  Visitors – £2.00



For location details and directions , please click on the picture .

Join the Civic Society Visit to Wentworth Woodhouse 24th July 2018

The Civic Society has arranged a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, a stately home in South Yorkshire on Tuesday 24 July.  A 31 seater coach will leave the Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club, (Dunston Road, Chesterfield S41 9BF) car-park at 12.30pm for Wentworth Woodhouse with our 1 hour guided tour of the formal rooms to start at 2pm.  There will be ample time afterwards to enjoy the delights of the on-site garden centre and coffee shop until we leave at 4.30pm.  The cost is £28.00 per head with a reduction to £20.00 for National Trust members, who must bring their cards.  This is payable by cash or cheque to 'Chesterfield Civic Society'.  Online banking payments can be made to 60-40-09 a/c 80134009 using your surname as the reference, with an email to me to confirm at

We have a few spare places if you would like to join us and cars can safely be left at the Rugby Club.

Frank Gorman

The Civic Society at the CADFHS Local History Fair

The Civic Society  had a stand at the fair at the fair on Saturday on what turned out to be a very well-attended day, despite the feared competition from the Royal wedding. Our Chairman had a useful introduction and discussion with the new Mayor of Chesterfield, and also managed to oversee the Victoria County History and Derbyshire Record Society tables. 

Here are a few photos of the day.