My Articles

These are the more substantial articles I have written over the years

Enclosure Award ver 2011 and Enclosure Award ver 2017. The Baslow Enclosure Award was a sham. No enclosures were made. However the Duke of Rutland converted Common Land – moorland – into his private grouse moor and the Duke of Devonshire acquired a large extension to his park as well as his own grouse moor. The early version 2011 concentrates on people involved, the latter on the history of what happened

The Baslow Charities The story starts in the early 1600s with an endowed school at Stanton Ford.  Later in the 1600s money was bequeathed mainly as land to provide for The Curate, the Poor and the School,  The school eventually closed in 1889 and the assets were transferred to The Baslow Charities.  The trustees still meet annually to distribute money to The Vicar, The Poor and Baslow and Curbar schools.

Bubnell History     This is the story of the farms and other buildings in the hamlet, and the people who lived in them.  It includes the early families (Broomhead,  Gardom and  Oddy), the take over by the Duke of Devonshire and his new model farm, and notes on each building and its inhabitants over the last 2 or 3 centuries

The Marsdens in Baslow     Hugo Marsden arrived in Baslow in 1596 to marry Alicia Brough.  His family prospered over the next two centuries before dwindling away by 1900.  There are notes on Parkgate Farm  and another  farm, Oxclose,  in Chatsworth Park which no longer exists

The History of Robin Hood a hamlet near Baslow.  Today it is an Inn and a car park, popular with the tourists and walkers.  The article starts with Bronze age farming and traces the story of the area over the years, the people, the millstone quarries, the coal mines, the agriculture.  

Barkers of Baslow & Bakewell. Lead mining and smelting was a major industry in North Derbyshire in the 1700s and early 1800s. The Barker families based in Bakewell and Edensor played a major part

Old Roads through Eaglestone flat   The moorlands were bleak but have been much used by travellers for centuries.  Traces of these old roads remain and understanding them adds interest to any walk in the area.