Great Neolithic Monuments of the North

A packed village hall listened attentively to a fascinating talk by Colin Richards in which he explored the differences between stone circles, henge monuments and passage graves in northern Britain and Ireland around the fourth millennium.  He proposed an interesting theory of wrapping to explain the development of a number of these sites.  You can read more detail about this talk, by visiting Talk 161014

Colin Richards is Professor of World Prehistory, Archaeology at Manchester University.


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“Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” Thursday 9 October 2014

Colin Richards, Professor of World Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Manchester,will be giving a talk entitled

“Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” on Thursday 16th October, 7.30 pm in Castleton Village Hall. 

Colin’s precis:
The end of the fourth millennium cal BC marks a point when a series of apparently different monuments begin to be constructed across Britain and Ireland. In this talk I want to explore the ‘differences’ between stone circles, henge monuments and passage graves in northern Britain and Ireland.
As we will see things may not be so clear-cut as they seem.
The talk has been organised by Castleton Historical Society. As usual, non-members are very welcome (£3 entrance which includes refreshments).
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‘Castleton Remembers': The Opening of the World War 1 Exhibition

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‘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.

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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

WW1 cake

Maria’s delicious celebration cake


WW1 Kay etc


Poems & Paintings by the children of Castleton Primary School
Poems & Paintings by the children of Castleton Primary School


Children's work on the theme 'Poppies'

Children’s work on the theme ‘Poppies’


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19 June 2014: Anglo-Saxon Derbyshire – Dave Barrett County Archaeologist for Derbyshire

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

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Aircraft Wrecks Walk: 24 May 2014

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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.

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cosy lunchtime venue

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Gloster Meteor site

Field Trip 24 May 2014

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“Lead Mining in the Local Area” by Dr Jim Rieuwerts: 15 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

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Castleton and Its Old Inhabitants by Kay Harrison: Exciting new research reveals fascinating untold stories of village life

kay's photo of servantsFor 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.

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