Historians dig into Riddings

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A local history workshop delving into the history of Riddings is set to start in Alfreton again.

The new session for Alfreton and District Heritage Trust Local History Workshop begins on Thursday, September 20, at 2pm, at Firs House, Rodger’s Lane, Alfreton.

The fortnightly meetings will investigate the history of Riddings from the start of the industrial era of 1790 onwards, under the expert guidance of Dr Dudley Fowkes.

Trust member Rachel Walker said: “The study of early Riddings has been completed, so there should be no more unexpected and indecipherable court rolls in Latin, or off-putting tattered remnants of deeds which have been partly devoured by mice and insects.

“Several existing class members are keen collectors of Riddings ephemera and often bring items to the class for us all to enjoy.”

Existing, lapsed and new students will all be welcomed to the fortnightly workshops.

The cost is £20 for seven meetings.

The Heritage Trust was originally founded by the Rotary Club of Alfreton during the winter of 1983. It is based in the Cemetery Chapel in Rodgers Lane which was built by Alfreton Burial Board in 1891