The History, Topography, Archeology, Geology,
Population, and Trade of Derby and Derbyshire. (Page One)
(Please see important notes and information at the bottom of this page.)
A Collection of Fragments, History of Derby, Vols 1-3 [Download HERE]
"A collection of fragments illustrative of the History and Antiquities of Derby, compiled from authentic sources, illustrated with engravings; by Robert Simpson (1826) Printed in Derby.
The FIRST PART consists of Extracts from National records published by Order of
Parliament; from Manuscript Collections In
the British Museum; Manuscripts in the possession of private gentlemen, and from those
printed works which have any reference to
THE SECOND PART contains a collection of papers relating to the various public buildings.
THE THIRD PART is composed principally of Biographical sketches of Eminent Men natives of Derby, and copious extracts from wills and deeds connected with various charitable bequests.
History of Derby
List of Achdeacons of Derby, from the year 1140
Robert Bage Biography
Revd William Ward Biography & Engraving
List of the Bailiffs of Derby
Samuel Beresford A.M. Biography and others...
Earls of Derby
Cotton Manufacture starting page 777
Elsewhere on this website there is an extract from the book about the Derby Silkmills and the Cotton Mills but this link is for the entire book. It contains much of interest about the history of Derby and its notable people
The History of Derby [Download HERE]
"The History of Derby from the Remote Ages of Antiquity to the year 1791, describing its situation, soil, air, water, streets, buildings and government. with the Illustrious Families which have inherited its honours, also its ecclesiastical history, trade, amusements, remarkable occurances, eminent men and ancient seats of the gentry, illustrated with 19 plates.
Much detail of old Derby including prisons, public buildings, churches, theatre, school, alms houses, infirmary, the Earls, Bailifs, Mayors of Derby and more.
By William Hutton F.A.S.S, second edition 1817 [see picture]
Bygone Derbyshire [Download HERE]
By William Andrews 1892. Author of "Old Church Lore", "Curiosities of the Church" and "Old-time Punishments". Notice that there is a chapter on Samuel Slater here, page 170.
HISTORIC DERBYSHIRE. By Thomas Frost
ON AN EARLY CHRISTIAN TOMB AT WIRKSWORTH. By Rev.J. Charles Cox, LL.D., F.S.A. .
CURIOUS DERBYSHIRE LEAD-MINING CUSTOMS. By William Andrews, F. R.H.S.
THE PLACE-NAME DERBY. By Frederick Davis, K.S.A.
DUFFIELD CASTLE. By Jno. Ward
THE ROMANCE OF HADDON HALL
THE ORDEAL OF TOUCH
THE MONUMENTAL BRASSES AT TIDESWELL. By James L.Thornely
BOLSOVER CASTLE. By Enid A. M. Cox
THE LAMP OF ST. HELEN. By T. Tindall Wildridge .
PEVERIL CASTLE. By James L. Thornely
SAMUEL SLATER, THE FATHER of THE AMERICAN COTTON MANUFACTURE. By William E. A. Axon
THE BAKEWELL WITCHES. By T. Tindall Wildridge
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS IN DERBYSHIRE
THE BABINGTON CONSPIRACY
EYAM AND ITS SAD MEMORIES. By W. G. Fretton, F.S.A.
WELL-DRESSING. By the Rev. Geo. S. Tyack, B.A.
OLD-TIME FOOTBALL. By Theo. Arthur
AFTER THIRTY YEARS : AN INCIDENT OF THE CIVIL WAR. By Edward Lamplough
DERBYSHIRE AND THE '45. By the Rev. Geo. S. Tyack, B.A.
BESS OF HARDWICK. By Frederick Ross, F. R.H.S
SHADOWS OF ROMANCE
Derbyshire Gatherings [Download HERE]
Derbyshire Gatherings: A Fund of Delight for the Antiquary, the Historian, the Biographer and the General Reader, containing portraits of Eminent Justices and Characters, Vieews of Remarkeable Places, Antiquities, Relics, Letters, Documents, Anecdotes Etc.
By Joseph Barlow Robinson of Derby.
Contents of Interest are:
- Arkwright, Strutt, Evans, and others starting page 59
- Samuel Slater page 73
- Sth Wingfield House page 30
- Saml Harrison, famous singer born at Belper
- Joseph Houghton known as Belper Joe. Page 89 [see picture]
The History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire [Download HERE]
"Comprising its History & Archeology, a general view of its Physical & Geological features; with separate Historical & Topographical descriptions of each town, parish, and extra-parochial liberty, by T Bulmer & Co, 1895. Comprehensive directory of all the principal towns and villages.
Belper, page 624
Alphabetical Directory of Belper, page 632
Belper Lane End, page 629
Duffield, page 650
Shottle, page 659
Strutt Family, page 625, 671
History Gazzetter and Directory of Derbyshire [Download HERE]
"with the town of Burton-on-Trent. A general survey of the county with a variety of historical, statistical, topographical, commercial and agricultural information". 1846 Samuel Bagshaw. Directory of each town and village with a list of names, professions and places. Belper entry begins page 299. Silk Mills page 93, stocking frames page 91; Strutts page 654.
The History of Derbyshire [Download HERE]
A History of Old Derbyshire By John Pendleton 1886;
Published in 1886, E. Stock (London)
A fascinating tour round the whole of the county (with an excursion to Sheffield) describing the people, places and incidents making up the history of Derbyshire.
The contents include:
Introduction (the county's characteristics);
Wirksworth and its Borders;
Some Peak villages;
Toil and Smoke;
Sheffield Years Ago;
In Derbyshire again;
Taking life easily;
The Benefits of the Revolution;
Chesterfield in the past;
The History of The Manor & Manor House of South Winfield [Download HERE]
By Thomas Blore Esq., Second Edition 1816. With pedigrees and illustrations.
Thomas Cromwell, at one time the richest and most powerful man in England, built South Wingfield Manor. Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner here on three separate occasions during the sixteenth century. What you can now see is only the end result of a long history of building on the site, which began soon after the Norman Conquest, when a small castle enclosed by a courtyard wall was built here early in the twelfth century. Three hundred years later in 1429, Cromwell, who was also Constable of Nottingham Castle and Steward of Sherwood Forest, demolished the earlier buildings, levelled the site, and built a palace befitting the richest and most powerful man in England.
Cromwell died in residence, and John Talbot, the second Earl of Shrewsbury, who was staying there at the time, purchased the manor and it stayed in his family for several generations. It was one of his descendants, the sixth Earl, George Talbot, husband of the famous Bess of Hardwick, who had the charge of Mary Queen of Scots here on three separate occasions - in 1569/70, 1584 and 1585 - during her long imprisonment under the orders of Queen Elizabeth 1st.
After the Civil War Wingfield Manor was sold to the Haltons. In 1774 the Haltons built a new manor house half a mile away down the valley, using stone from Cromwells now crumbling palace. They stripped lead and timbers from the roof and floors, leaving virtually the ruins that we see today
See this website about the Manor of South Winfield, Derbyshire, with an engraving of the ruins.
The Beauties of England Vol 3 [Download HERE]
Or, Delineations, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive of Each County.
By Author: Britton, John, 1771-1857; Brayley, E. W. (Edward Wedlake), 1773-1854; Nightingale, Joseph, 1775-1824; Brewer, J. N. (James Norris); Evans, J. (John), fl. 1812; Hodgson, John, 1779-1845; Laird, Francis Charles; Shoberl, Frederic, 1775-1853; Bigland, John, 1750-1832; Rees, Thomas, 1777-1864; Hood, Thomas, d. 1811; Harris, John, 1756-1846. Volume 3, 1802.
Cumberland and Derbyshire (pages 306-609)
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