- ‘Castleton Remembers’ Display in the Visitors Centre
The CHS Exhibition featuring the memories & photos of the people of Castleton during World War 1 was opened on August 1st by Mary Bagley of PDNPA & Peter Harrison of the CHS. This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and gathered together a varied collection of material about the village during the war. The exhibition is on display at Castleton Visitor Centre in the Darnbrough Room until 31 August during normal Centre opening times. Admission is free.
- Peter Harrison (CHS) & Mary Bagley (PDNPA)
The opportunity was also taken to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the partnership between CHS and PDNPA at the Visitors Centre where CHS houses its accredited museum.
A full report of the project and this event is available here:- WW1 exhibition report
Maria’s delicious celebration cake
- Poems & Paintings by the children of Castleton Primary School
Children’s work on the theme ‘Poppies’
In spite of the scarcity of Anglo Saxon archaeological sites in the local area, there was much to interest the audience for Dave Barrett’s talk. Read more about the evidence of the sites from this period here:- Talk 19 June 2014
CHS Members braved the wet weather and were rewarded with much interesting information and fantastic views on this guided walk to selected aircraft wreck sites. Read on for more photographs and information via the link below.
cosy lunchtime venue
Gloster Meteor site
Field Trip 24 May 2014
Jim Rieuwerts’ wide ranging and beautifully illustrated talk detailed the geology and history of lead mining in Castleton and North West Derbyshire as well as giving an insight into the working lives of lead miners. Read more about his talk via the following link.
Talk 15 May 2014 lead mining
For many years now I have been researching Castleton’s history – in particular the people; those who lived, came, worked and died here. The research painted a fascinating portrait of past village life to me. I have used many archives and sources; the British Newspaper Archive in particular revealed an absolute treasure trove of previously unheard stories. These include the barmaster’s son, who shot himself dead after attending a funeral in 1894, an old cavern guide who hanged himself inside Peak Cavern in 1866, and a man who died following a cock fight scuffle at the Castle Inn in 1895. There are stories of crimes being committed here, some leading to transportation; one young man narrowly escaping the death sentence. The stories reflect family and village life as it was in times gone by, often very sadly; a pregnant servant from the Nag’s Head who took her own life when rejected by her lover in 1832, a little girl run over and killed by a cart as she played near the Market Place in 1836; all these stories and many more will be told on the CHS website. (See blogroll).
As a member and trustee of our Historical Society, I hope you enjoy reading this history as much as I have enjoyed researching and writing it.
The mystery of Castleton’s Medieval Hospital has emerged slowly and tantalizingly over 7 years. Colin Merrony’s talk drew together the various pieces of evidence, linking together the siting of the discoveries and providing an overall view of the project to date. For more details of his talk, click on the following link.
Talk 17 April 2014 amd
John Talbot’s research and analysis of local wills & inventories has provided a very interesting insight into the lives of local people. Read our report on his talk at Hope Valley Wills and Inventories
His work was carried out as part of the Joint Project between Castleton and Hope Historical Societies exploring the Lives of the Common People. Further details of the project including an illustrated booklet, a self guided trail leaflet & an audio trail can be found on the Society’s website (link on the blogroll).