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 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.
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, via this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the members will then contact you.
This group was formed in 2016 to continue work on the historical background of Chapel and the surrounding villages to follow on from Bunting’s record.
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 ‘Rural Places’ 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. The two sub-groups are now organising their own meetings and the dates will be posted on this website and in Reading Matters window. You may like to attend both groups to start with and see which you would be interested in or have most to contribute.