Images of Ripley past and present


A revealing guide to the history of the Ripley area written by a well-known local historian has just been published.

Ripley and the Golden Valley Through Time, by Jill Armitage, is aimed at people who have lived in the area for years and recall how it has changed and newcomers who wish to learn about the area’s history.

Filled with fascinating full colour new and historical pictures to show how streets, buildings and areas have changed.

Author Jill, who lives in Ashover, said: “The Ripley region owes its growth to the area’s natural resources of coal, iron, oil and clay.

“The contribution that Ripley and the district has made to the economy of Britain through time is colossal, but the late twentieth century saw the closure of the pits and iron foundries and the traditional industries fell into disuse. “The industrial landscape has gone but Ripley believes in preservation, and has retained a lot of its past to this day, which can be appreciated in Ripley and The Golden Valley Through Time.”

Comparative photos contrast old locations and the new along with fascinating memories and detailed research of the area’s past

Jill Armitage is a trained photo-journalist and freelance writer, who has written close to twenty local history books over the past seven years, three of which being previously published Amberley titles: Paranormal Derbyshire (November, 2010), Haunted Pubs, Inns & Hotels of Derbyshire (June, 2011) and Alfreton Through Time (October, 2011).

She has her own collection of old photographs of the area, with contacts to others, which she builds upon in her spare time.

Ripley and The Golden Valley Through Time is published in paperback and ebook by Amberley Publishing priced £14.99.

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