Local industrial heritage


Local Historic Milestones

Local historic milestones, centenaries and celebrations are in this PDF file Chronology & Anniversaries – for  download

Geographical areas of interest:

NEDIAS members have interests in the industrial and manufacturing history, and the local history  of a wider geographical area than simply Chesterfield, Scarsdale and North East Derbyshire. Spreading out, we have interests and members also within north Nottinghamshire and the more immediate parts of South Yorkshire. Members have interest in the history of many local towns  and villages such as Alfreton, Apperknowle, Arkwright Town, Ashover, Barlborough, Barlow, Barrow Hill, Baslow, Bolsover, Bonsall, Boythorpe, Bradway, Brampton, Brimington, Calow, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Clowne, Coal Aston, Common Side, Cresswell, Cromford, Cutthorpe, Dronfield, Duckmanton, Dunston, Eckington, Elmton, Glapwell, Grassmoor, Hady, Hardwick, Hasland, Heath, Higham, Holmesfield, Holmwood, Holymoorside, Inkersall, Killamarsh, Linacre, Lumsdale, Markham, Mastin Moor, Matlock, Morton, Moss Valley, Newbold, Norbriggs, North Winfield, Palterton, Peak District, Pentrich, Pilsley, Pinxton, Pleasley, Poolsbrook, Renishaw, Ripley,Scarcliffe, Scarthin, Sheepbridge, Shirebrook, Shirland, South Normanton, Spital, Spitewinter, Stanfree, Staveley, Stonedge, Stretton, Summerley, Sutton Scarsdale, Tansley, Tapton, Temple Normanton, Tibshelf, Tupton, Unstone, Walton, Whaley Thorns,  Whittington, Whitwell, Willersley, Wingerworth, Winsick, Woolley Moor.

Aspects of industrial activity:

Within these areas, members are actively researching aspects of industrial heritage and history, archaeology, mining, bellpits, manufacturing, quarrying, mills, smelting, forges, foundries, furnaces, smiths and blacksmiths, smelters, ovens and kilns, tilt hammers, grinding wheels, pottery and potteries, stoneware, glass, chemicals, colour works, coal, coke, iron and ironworks, steel and steelworks, copper, lead, smelting, brewing and breweries, distilleries, saw mills, tools and edge tools, textiles, cotton, silk, spinning, weaving, heavy engineering, brick works, whitecoal  and Q pits. Power and energy generation by waterwheels, water power, associated millponds, weirs and sluices, windmills, turbines, steam engines, gas and gasworks, electricity, hydroelectricity, oil and oilwells. Factories, warehouses, manufactories, engineering works, pumps and pumping stations, chimneys, winders.

History of transport including canals, locks, docks, toll roads, railways, tramways, stations, sidings, permanent way and track beds, wagon works, roundhouses, tunnels and tunnelling, packhorse trails, turnpikes, bridges, aqueducts and viaducts. Some of the local and not so local canals include Chesterfield Canal, Cromford Canal, Erewash Canal, Trent and Mersey, Nutbrook, Derby and Peak Forest Canal. Some of the important historical local railway lines include the North Midland Railway, the Great Central Railway, the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, the Cromford and High Peak Railway, the Ashover Light Railway.

Entrepreneurs who developed industries and processes and were active in the area include Sir Richard Arkwright, Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, John Barnes, George Barrow, Richard Barrow, Joseph Bourne, Harry Brearley, Samuel Briddon, James Brindley, John Brocksopp, William Bromley, John Cartledge, Joseph Clayton, Isaac Cundy, John Cundy, John Dixon, Bryan Donkin, Thomas Dutton, William Fowler, Dr Goodfellow, William Birkenhead Mather Jackson, William Jessop, Catherine Johnson, William Johnson, Charles Markham, Charles Paxton Markham, Aaron Madin, Mushet, Peter Nightingale, William Oliver, Benjamin Outram, James Pearson, Theophilus Pearson, William Robinson, William Bradbury Robinson, Samuel Sanforth, James Shemwell, Samuel Shemwell, Benjamin Smith, Ebenezer Smith, John Smith, George Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, Jedediah Strutt, Francis Thompson,