The Local History Group

Next meeting Wednesday 11th September at Rems Cafe Wine Bar, 8pm


A New History of Old Places

Can you help to put together a new history of the Parish of Chapel en le Frith. Have you got memories or old documents which might help? We are not asking you to part with them, just to let us see them.

One idea we are considering is to produce a new history of the parish, a pre-1900 history focusing on the old properties, and the people who lived and worked in them. The town and its population is changing hugely and it therefore feels important to make a serious attempt to re-discover its past and document it for future generations, who might not otherwise be aware of the earlier times of this great historical parish. The unusual name of the town and parish came from the original Chapel built in 1225 that became the Parish Church of today.

The last substantial history was written over 90 years ago by W. B. Bunting (he also wrote a history of the Church in 1925.) The local History Group wants to build on his work and we are looking for help from anyone who can add to our understanding of the past. with Sue or Lyndsay at the bookshop by calling in, via this website or email One of the members will then contact you.

 New publication March 2019

A comprehensive introduction is followed by annotated maps, references and historical notes for each grange are arranged in alphabetical order. Summary tables highlight patterns and trends.

An appendix, researched and written by Brian Rich, considers routes taken by religious houses to reach their granges from outside Derbyshire.

The book aims to bring to life the activity and influence which monastic communities had during some four centuries in Derbyshire and how this can be interpreted today in the landscape. It is hoped it will stimulate enthusiasm for renewed investigation.

Mary Wiltshire and Sue Woore have always had a keen interest in interpreting the landscape. They have undertaken field work at the site of every grange catalogued and have reinforced this by researching documentary sources.

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