History day opens heritage books

A history and heritage day in Codnor saw the launch of two brand new books on local subjects.

The event at Peveril House on Saturday June 1, brought numerous local history groups together for a display of photographs, exhibits and information about conservation projects.

‘Monument to an Iron Master’ by Stuart Saint - a book documenting the life of William Jessop the younger and the monument built in his memory - was launched alongside ‘Down in Dingyshire’ by Rev. W. F. Littlewood - a book which was transcribed and reprinted by Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage, describing Rev. Littlewood’s observations of the village and people of Ironville during the 1870s.

Stuart, 52, of Jessop Street, Codnor, said: “We had plenty of people, of all ages, come in all day long. Various people brought in photos and information - some of which I hadn’t seen before. All the information we collate we will make available at future open days and on the website.”

Stuart started the Codnor and district local history and heritage website in 2008 as a hobby but, “as time went by, more and more people started to view the site and send in old photographs and information” and he began taking a small Codnor and district display of photographs to local history events before deciding the subject deserved its own day.

Stuart said: “Subjects at the history day ranged from the medieval Codnor castle, through to the Industrial Revolution and the building of the Cromford Canal and network of tramways serving the many collieries in the area. The displays also gave the public an insight into the daily lives of our predecessors in and around the local villages.”

Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage (JACHs) financed the event which was attended by groups from Codnor Castle, Heanor, Waingroves and Cromford Canal.