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A Poor But Industrious People

by Richard Hollowell

Brafield on the Green, a few miles from Northampton, was a poor community, but its folk were stout-hearted and worked hard to improve their lot and give their children a better future. Richard Hollowell was a product of Brafield and his book, edited here by his son, gives a rare insight into English village life in the last century.


"A Time of Unhappy Commotion"

by Michael Austin

A social history of the Church of England in and around Southwell in the mid-nineteenth century. The study is based on a wealth of previously unused sources, including the local press, books and pamphlets written by the clergy and a newly discovered record of a visitation of Southwell deanery made in 1855.


"Almost Like A Dream"

by Michael Austin

During WW1 the vicar of St Michael's in Derby, encouraged men who had joined up to write back for the parish magazine. Those letters, edited here with biographical notes and photographs, capture the horrors of the Great War with a starkness that only comes from first-hand accounts, hasty but heartfelt scribbles full of fear and emotion from men serving on the Western Front and in Greece and Palestine.


Bampton Folklore

by John Blair

An illustrated paperback which describing morris-dancing, mumming and other traditions in the small Oxfordshire town of Bampton. Of interest to both locals and folklorists. Warning - includes several ghost stories!


A History of Chesterfield Grammar School

by Philip Riden

A grammar school was founded in Chesterfield in about 1598, thanks to a benefaction by Sir Godfrey Foljambe of Walton. It enjoyed a period of particular renown during the headship of William Burrow (1722–52), when a large number of pupils went on to Cambridge. It later declined and closed completely in 1832. Reopened in 1847, the school gradually expanded and modernised its curriculum. It remained independent until 1940, when it was transferred to Derbyshire county council. Between then and its closure in 1991 Chesterfield was the largest secondary school in Derbyshire, with an outstanding academic and sporting record. It moved in 1967 from its Victorian buildings on Sheffield Road to Brookside, where the governors had acquired playing fields in 1928.


A History of Derbyshire

by Gladwyn Turbutt

This lavishly-illustrated 4-volume set. painstakingly-researched and written by a former High Sheriff of the county examines Derbyshire's history from prehistoric times right up to the present day.


Renaissance of the Nottinghamshire Market Towns

by Catherine Smith

An overview of the development of Nottinghamshire's market towns between the years 1680 and 1840.


Superstition and Religion in Early Derbyshire History

by Gladwyn Turbuttt

A look at long ago rituals and and superstition in Derbyshire, including a study of Celtic worship practices and the wide-ranging social and religious changes brought about by the Roman invasion.


Towcester Tenements

by Philip Riden and Margaret Webb

An outline of every house, shop, pub and other building in the town, just as it was a century ago, including fascinating details of various local tradesmen as well as the town's ordinary householders.


 

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