Next History Live meeting December 5th. Rudyard Lake: Past and Present with Ray Perry. (featuring mince pies and crackers!).
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall, Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30)
Rudyard Lake came into being over 200 years ago when a dam was built to support the local canal system, so important to industry at the time and since. It is still a working reservoir, despite being mostly known now as a leisure area. Ray will tell us about its beginning and evolution since then, why it became known as the ‘Blackpool of the Potteries’ as well as work currently being undertaken to preserve it and develop it into the future.
We will be holding our usual Christmas raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance so don’t forget to bring your pocket money to buy tickets and a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated prizes. I would also like to thank local businesses – Longnor Village Stores, Cobbles Cafe, Longnor Post Office and High Peak Bookstore and Cafe at Brierlow Bar for their kind donations of prizes. Please visit our local businesses, they are all great supporters of History Live!
History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!
Next History Live meeting November 7th. Undiscovered treasures of the South West Peak
The next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday November 7th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. Doors will be open from 6.45. This month, Catherine Parker Heath, the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer will be telling us about “Undiscovered Treasures: What the Barns and Buildings and Small Heritage Adoption projects are adding to our knowledge of the South West Peak. ”
Volunteers working on the landscape and building surveys that have been taking place across the South West Peak since the early summer, have recorded many assets previously unrecorded. Come along to hear about some of the ‘treasures’ being revealed through our surveys. Some you may know about, some have been incorrectly interpreted and some have never been recognised before.
Catherine is responsible for managing the Barns and Buildings and Small Heritage Adoption projects. She works with landowners, communities and volunteers in the South West Peak to identify, record, research and where possible, repair, conserve or consolidate barns and other heritage features in the area.
Before her current role, with qualifications and experience in archaeology, Catherine worked as project manager with the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group on Peeling Back the Layers: A Community Archaeology Project, based at Under Whitle Farm, near Sheen. Alongside this role, she worked for Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust developing and delivering workshops for schools, and teaching GCSE and A level Ancient History and Classical Civilisation as a private tutor. Whilst studying for her doctorate in archaeology, she was an Adult Education tutor teaching the Archaeology of Britain and the Peak District.
Catherine has lived in the Peak District since 2001 with her husband and now 4 children.
Everyone is very welcome to join us, whether just for a single meeting because the subject particularly interests you or become a member and enjoy a reduced admission fee. Our wonderful homemade cakes and hot drinks are included.
Next History Live meeting Oct 3rd. “Pubs in and around Leek”
The next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday October 3rd at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. Doors open at 6.45 so come along early to get a good seat and relax with coffee and cake!! We are really looking forward to welcoming Neil Collingwood who will share his knowledge of pubs in and around the Leek area.
Over the last 2 years Neil has been researching local pubs in preparation for his forthcoming book “Leek – a historic pub crawl”. His illustrated talk will describe this work and some of the fascinating discoveries he has made. For example, people say that what used to be the Swan is the oldest pub in Leek – but which Swan? There have been at least three Swans plus a Black Swan! Do you know?
Neil is a hugely enthusiastic full time local and family historian who lives in Leek. He particularly enjoys delving into the intriguing details of his subject and to date has published 13 books – 12 on local history and one about dragonflies!
Everyone enjoys our home made cakes but would you also like to bring one along for others to enjoy too? Elspeth the ‘Catering Manager’ would love to find another volunteer to join her baking rota – either as a regular or just for one evening. In particular we need someone for this meeting and for the one in December – we reimburse £4 towards the cost of ingredients. Please contact Elspeth if you are able to help: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01298 83282.
See below for news of the first meeting of the new season and other updates.
Autumn seems to be here and with it the first History Live meeting of the new season. The list of speakers for this season can be found here.
This first meeting will be on September 5th in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall, starting at 7.30 but doors will be open from 6.45 – so come early to enjoy cake, coffee, chat…….and hopefully a chair!
Ann Cantrell will be talking about the importance of grasslands and plants throughout history and into the present. As the Grassland Officer for the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, Ann is working to protect the unique grassland plant communities of our area and to encourage people to understand and enjoy their heritage, beauty and importance.
Due to fire regulations we will need to limit the numbers of people attending each meeting to 40 from now on so do come early if you can.
We are looking for a couple more bakers to join the cake rota – you will be reimbursed for costs so please let Elspeth know if you can help either regularly or just on the odd occasion. (email@example.com)
…and finally……….. if you would like to join History Live (£6 a year, entitling you to reduced admission of only £2 a meeting) please could you let me know in advance? I can then have your membership cards ready for you on the first night.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sept 5th.
History Live AGM was held on August 1st. The minutes are below.
Two Summer Walks
As mentioned at our June meeting, Margaret and Eric have organised 2 walks – one on July 24th and the other on August 14th. Contact Margaret, details below, if you would like any more information and to let her know you would like to come.
July 24th “Uncovering the Secrets of Crag Mill” in Wildboarclough.
Meet at Clough House car park at 10:30am, grid reference SJ987698, Post Code SK11 0BD
Distance: about 4 miles, Terrain: fields, country lanes, some rough ground.
Stout boots and waterproofs advised. Bring a drink and packed lunch.
The walk will look at the remains of Crag Mill, and its effect on what was a small, farming community in the beautiful valley of the Clough Brook.
There is a lot to look at so the walk will probably take about 3 hours, depends on what we find! (Can anyone guess what is the connection with the television drama “The Jewel in the Crown” shown some years ago?)
August 14th “Discovering the Lost Industries of Quarnford” near Gradbach
Meet at Gradbach car park at 10:30am, grid reference SJ998662, Post Code SK17 OSU
Distance: about 4 miles, Terrain: fields, rough ground, 2 or 3 stiles, short section of road.
Stout boots and waterproofs advised. Bring a drink and a packed lunch.
You won’t believe the number of forgotten industries lurking beneath your feet on this walk! There should also be a very modern little café and toilets nearby where we can eat our sarnies and buy a drink!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01538 398491 if you would like to come.
Next History Live meeting June 6th.
Staffordshire and the coming of the Tudors in 1485
The final meeting for this season will be on Wednesday June 6th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall and we are really pleased to welcome Steve Booth who will talk about Staffordshire and the coming of the Tudors in 1485. His fully illustrated talk looks at events leading up to the 1485 Tudor rebellion against King Richard III and the epic march of Henry Tudor from Wales, through Shropshire and Staffordshire and on to Bosworth Field where, of course, Henry proved to be victorious. It concentrates very much on events in Staffordshire and attempts to show the pivotal role that these played in Henry Tudor’s eventual success. You may remember that Steve had been due to give this talk in March but we had to cancel due to the weather.
Hopefully there wont be any snow next week so we look forward to seeing you all. Don’t forget to come along early as doors open at 6.45. If you would like any more information then do let us know.
Next History Live meeting May 2nd
The next History Live meeting will be held on Wednesday May 2nd at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall – doors open at 6.45 so come along early to bag a good seat and enjoy some of our gorgeous home made cakes.
This month we welcome Austin Knott who is a Staffs Moorlands Walks Leader and the Peak Area Hillwalking Representative for the British Mountaineering Council. Austin will lead us on a virtual ‘walk and talk’ around some aircraft wrecks in the Gradbach and Roaches area of the South West Peak. The talk will focus on three World War II bombers, overlaying the stories of the flights and their crews against the backdrop of the conflict.
28 April 2018. Resting in Peace – launch of the book and website.
Next History Live meeting April 4th
Stories in Stone, a History of Mining in the Peak District with Byron Machin
The next History Live meeting will be held on Wednesday April 4th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. We are really pleased to have local author and video maker Byron Machin as the speaker.
Over the last decade Byron has explored and photographed over 100 of the still accessible mines in the Peak District. In his talk he will trace back the history of mining in the Peaks for over 4000 years – from coal to copper and lead to Blue John – and show us some of the area’s great underground wonders.
Byron was born in the Staffordshire Moorlands and from a young age has had a passion for all aspects of its history. He went on to study environmental geography at university and for a decade was a high school geography teacher in Cheshire. Now freelance, Byron is spending a lot of time writing, filming and lecturing along with conducting botanical research and surveying for conservation organisations. He has written over a dozen books and created four documentary series.
Don’t forget to come along early – doors open at 6.45 – and enjoy some refreshments, including our lovely home made cakes. We are always on the lookout for new bakers to join the rota, and will reimburse for ingredients at £4 a cake. Contact Elspeth at email@example.com or me if you would like to join in.
Two forthcoming History Live meetings!!
As well as our normal monthly meeting on March 7th we have a special daytime event on Wednesday 14th March at 1.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall so we hope you will be able to come along to one or the other – or both!
Staffordshire and the coming of the Tudors in 1485
The next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday March 7th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall – doors open at 6.45 so come along early to get a good seat and enjoy a hot drink and home made cakes!
Steve Booth’s fully illustrated talk looks at events leading up to the 1485 Tudor rebellion against King Richard III and the epic march of Henry Tudor from Wales, through Shropshire and Staffordshire and on to Bosworth Field where, of course, Henry proved to be victorious. It concentrates very much on events in Staffordshire and attempts to show the pivotal role that these played in Henry Tudor’s eventual success.
We are looking for more volunteers to join the baking rota for our meetings – are you able to help? If so, please contact Elspeth at firstname.lastname@example.org (or me, contact details below). We pay an allowance of £4 per cake which we hope will reimburse the cake maker for the ingredients.
Let me know if you would like any further information.
01298 84624 / email@example.com
History, Heritage and the South West Peak
The special meeting due to be held on Wednesday Feb 28 will now take place on Wednesday March 14th when we will welcome representatives from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership.
The South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme is all about shaping a better future for our communities, landscape, wildlife and heritage. To do this we need to care about what has gone before. Come and hear about four of our projects: Engaging Communities, Glorious Grasslands, Barns and Buildings and Small Heritage Adoption and see how you can become involved.
This daytime meeting will start at 2pm but doors open at 1.30 for refreshments, including our famous home made cakes! This is a completely free event.
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall, (SK17 0RH for satnavs) Wednesday, 14th March 1.30 for 2.
For more information contact Janet on 01298 84624 or Catherine on 01629 816 279
Next History Live meeting Feb 7th : Scribbles, Scorch Marks and Scribed Symbols
The next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday 7th February at 7.30pm in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall, (SK17 0RH for satnavs). Doors will be open from 6.45 so do come along early to get a good seat and enjoy a hot drink and our home made cakes.
We start the New Year with an unusual and interesting talk from Andy Bentham which he has called: Scribbles, Scorch Marks and Scribed Symbols. Andy says that having read about marks in older buildings that are supposed to avert evil and promote good fortune, he was intrigued enough to see if he could find anything similar locally. His talk aims to show some of the interesting graffiti, marks and symbols he found when getting close to the fabric of buildings in and around the Peak District.
Everyone is very welcome to come along to enjoy the evening, admission is £3 for non-members and £2 for members, and includes refreshments. I will fly you all an email if the weather forces us to cancel the meeting on the day.
We are looking for another volunteer to bake a cake for the meeting – are you able to help? If so please contact Elspeth at firstname.lastname@example.org. We pay an allowance of £4 per cake which we hope will reimburse the cake maker for the ingredients.
Christmas at Chatsworth
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall, Wednesday 6h December 2017 at 7.30pm (doors open 6.45)
Chatsworth’s retired head housekeeper, Christine Robinson, will give a talk about how Chatsworth celebrated Christmas in Edwardian times, the long-standing tradition of the Estate children’s Christmas Tree Party, and details of how the House has been dressed for Christmas since 2001 when the more recent Christmas opening began. Christine was a key member of the Christmas team, and her talk is illustrated with colour sides and other items of interest to enhance her story.
Christine began working full-time at Chatsworth in 1977 following her graduation from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University and retired as Head Housekeeper in 2015 after 38 years’ service.
Everyone is very welcome to come along and help us celebrate with our mince pies and crackers. There will also be a raffle in aid of Air Ambulance with some great prizes. We would like to thank everyone who has donated prizes including local businesses such as High Peak Bookstore, The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Longnor Village Stores and Longnor Craft Centre.
The Cheshire Gentry and Islam in the late 16th century: new discoveries at Adlington Hall
Our next History Live meeting will be on Wednesday November 1st at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs). Doors will be open from 6.45 so do come along early to get the best seats and relax with a coffee and cake.
This month we welcome Dr Simon Harris as speaker. His talk is entitled ‘The Cheshire Gentry and Islam in the late 16th century: new discoveries at Adlington Hall’. Simon is Hon. Research Fellow at Keele University and has recently worked on the Peeling Back the Layers project at Whitle. He is currently working on the Legh of Adlington archive and for the Société Jersiaise.
His talk will examine the importance of recent conservation work and discoveries at Adlington Hall. The work on wall paintings sheds new light on the interest of the Tudor and Jacobean gentry in the Islamic world.
Simon is a great supporter of History Live and multi-talented – you might have been lucky enough to have enjoyed a sample of his baking skills at the last meeting – so please do come along and join us.
After last year’s great success, we will again be holding a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance and tickets will be on sale at the Nov and Dec meetings.
If you would like to join the rota for making or serving refreshments, then please let Elspeth know. email@example.com.
Watermills on the River Dove and its tributaries
The next History Live meeting will be held on Wednesday October 4th at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall (SK17 0RH for satnavs). Doors open at 6.45 so come along early if you can!
This month’s presentation is entitled ‘Watermills on the River Dove and its tributaries‘ and Tony Bonson, Molinologist and Author, will be telling us about the history of watermills in our area. Local industries such as textiles and mining relied completely on waterpower as of course did corn mills, and flint was ground for use in the potteries. Surprisingly, waterpower was still used commercially until the 1960s. The location of some of these mills has become lost but Tony will describe recent research which has unearthed more about mills such as the ones at Longnor and Frith.
A reminder that admission is £3 for non-members or £2 for members and membership costs just £6 a year, (the year starts in September). Refreshments, including our delicious home made cakes, are included in the price.
We are looking for bakers who can make a cake for the Nov and Dec meetings, please contact us if you can help with this – we reimburse costs (£4 per cake), and we also need volunteers to help serve refreshments. However even if your only skill is cake-eating you will definitely be very welcome and we look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.
Help with refreshments!
It would be helpful to know if any of you are able to help with either baking cakes or helping to serve refreshments, particularly for the next speaker on October 4th as I will be away on holiday. Could you let Janet know by Wednesday 27th September please. (Click here). The committee has agreed an allowance of £4 per cake which we hope will reimburse the cake maker for the ingredients and we usually need 3-4 cakes or their equivalent for each session .
We are still looking for bakers for the Nov and Dec meetings so please help if you can!
“As the Bishop said to the Nun”
The History Live 2017/18 season will kick off on September 6th with a talk by Nigel Coulton, who describes himself as a Latinist and palaeographer! Sounds intriguing!
Nigel will relate the tales of Roger Northburgh, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in the fourteenth century, who paid many official visits to nunneries in his diocese and wrote reports on them – some of them not at all complimentary! What did he find and what remedies did he impose? You’ll have to come along if you’d like to find out!
The meeting starts at 7.30 but doors open at 6.45. It would help us all if you could arrive as early as possible, especially if you would like to become a member – this will give me time to distribute membership cards which include the programme for the coming season. Even better – if you can let me know before the meeting that you would like to join I will have your cards ready and waiting for you. You can then relax and catch up with friends over a coffee and wonderful home made cake.
Everyone is very welcome. A reminder that membership is just £6 a year with £2 entry per meeting. Non members pay £3 per meeting and refreshments are included.
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Victoria was a leading light and former Chair of History Live but died at the age of 68 in June 2017. Several members attended her funeral and thought that the eulogy was very interesting. It was felt that other members might like to read it and to know a little more about Victoria. Please click below to read the full text.
The Dash poem mentioned in the eulogy can be found here: The DASH poem
2017 History Live AGM
The 2017 History Live AGM was held on Wednesday 2nd August. Minutes can be found by clicking below.