Members – free. Visitors – £2.00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Secretary
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.
Well known , both to Chesterfield residents and further afield as a characteristic image of Chesterfield , the Black and White frontage of Knifesmithgate is well worthy of preservation .
Currently however , the upper floors are empty , and their future unknown. The issue is that the building belongs to a London property management company, and nothing is known of their plans .
Thank you Eileen for these memories of the ‘Vic’ as we all called the Victoria Ballroom . She captures the central part it played in our lives for those of us who grew up in the 1960s .
Just click on the link below the photo to read the full story .
It was good to just wander around Chesterfield the other Wednesday and see how popular the Wheel is mid-week . Chesterfield is still a market town , and all the roads seem to lead here eventually . If only on the way to the Library .
But , the heart of the town is here , and still attracts after centuries .
Some fifty Civic Society members and guests joined the Mayor of Chesterfield, Coun. Maureen Davenport, and the Mayoress, Mrs Liz Archer, at the Ringwood Hall Hotel in Brimington on Wednesday 17 January for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Charles Paxton Markham, who lived at Ringwood between 1908 and his death in 1926.
Among the guests were Mr Toby Markham, a descendant of C.P. Markham’s brother, Sir Arthur Markham Bt MP, and his wife, and Mrs Halcyon Palmer, a great niece of C.P. Markham’s sister Geraldine. The Leader of the Borough Council, Coun. Mrs Tricia Gilby, Coun. Terry Gilby and Coun. Barry Bingham were also present.
Ringwood Hall was built in 1829–30 by George Hodgkinson Barrow, the owner of Staveley Ironworks, and was later occupied by his son Richard Barrow. After C.P. Markham died, the House became a social club for Staveley staff. Having stood empty for some time, it has been restored in recent years as a luxury hotel.
After the Mayor unveiled the plaque, the owners of Ringwood Hall, Mr and Mrs Heyer, entertained the party to an excellent lunch. The event concluded with a short speech of thanks to the hotel by the Civic Society chairman, Philip Riden.
In the spring, the society hopes to install a plaque at 55 West Bars, the first large store built by Chesterfield and District Co-operative Society, which opened in 1903.
This upcoming talk at St Thomas’ by may well be of interest to Civic Society Members .
Carl Andrews is the founder of Soul Architects , who recently restored the tower at St Thomas’ . He will talk of his experiences and the challenges he has encountered over the years .