Update 23rd August 2017

c-o-l-fA New History of Old Places

Can you help to put together a new history of Chapel en le Frith Parish? 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 nearly 80 years ago by W. B. Bunting (he also wrote a history of the Church in 1925.) The local History Society wants to build on his work and we are looking for help from anyone who can add to our understanding of the past. We have set up two sub groups to make a start.

A ‘Townscape’ group is looking at the streets, houses and businesses in the old town. Starting with the Market Place we’re trying to piece together the history of the buildings and monuments. We would like to hear if you have any information, whether it be pictures, documents or even stories of what the buildings were used for or unusual features in them. We hope that some of the home owners have the deeds of their house and know when it was built etc.

A ‘Rural Places’ group is looking at dwellings, farms and other places within the Parish that lie outside the town itself. Many of these scattered places are recorded soon after the Church was established in 1225. we believe many of the halls and farms were rebuilt in stone in the seventeenth century. What history to unravel! As with the Townscape group anyone with information we would like to talk to, or from anyone else who has documents or knowledge relating to old properties whether or not they live there now or not.

In the first instance we would ask you to leave your name, address and contact number with Sue or Lyndsay at the bookshop by calling in, by email to readingmatterschapel@gmail.com  or via this website. One of the members will then contact you.

The next meeting is on Saturday 10th June at 2pm in Rem’s Wine Bar, Market Street. Chapel en le Frith. All are welcome.

The aim of this meeting will be regain some momentum after the long winter break, to present updates from the two sub-groups and finalise the plans to publicise the work of the society.

  Bank Hall 1940

A new group was formed last year to continue work on the historical background of Chapel and the surrounding villages.

At present, the sub-group ‘Townscape’ is looking at the streets, houses and businesses in the town. Starting with the Market Place we are trying to piece together the history of the buildings and monuments. We would like to hear from anyone who has information, whether it be pictures, documents or even stories of what the buildings were used for or peculiar features in your home.

The ‘Dispersed Properties’ group is looking at dwellings and farms and other business premises within the Parish but lie outside of the town itself. Many of these scattered places were known about soon after the Parish Church of St Thomas was established in 1225. We believe many of the halls and farms were rebuilt in stone in the seventeenth century – what history to unravel! Again we would like to hear from any home owners who would be willing to talk to one of our team about any of the places they lived or worked.

If you would like to leave your name and address and contact number with Sue or Lyndsay at the shop or via this website or email, someone from the appropriate group will then contact you. Thank you in anticipation, we musn’t let our local history be lost for future generations.

If anyone would like to join the History Society, you would be most welcome. Dates of future meetings will be posted on this website and in the window of Reading Matters. We expect the next meeting to be in the Spring.

 

 

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