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Latest Red Book Published
6 January, 2014 (All day)
We are thrilled to announce the publication of the latest volume in the Derbyshire series. VCH Derbyshire III: Bolsover and Adjoining Parishes is now available to purchase via our publisher Boydell & Brewer. (Existing members of the Derbyshire VCH Trust will already qualify for a complimentary volume and will be contacted in due course about distribution arrangements.)
The history and topography of the small market town of Bolsover in north-east Derbyshire and four parishes immediately to its north (Barlborough, Clowne, Elmton - including Creswell - and Whitwell) are covered in this volume. All lie mainly on a magnesian limestone ridge, rather than the exposed coalfield, and therefore only became mining communities late in the nineteenth century. Since the end of deep mining in Derbyshire all have faced a difficult period of economic and social adjustment. As well as the general development of the five parishes, the book includes detailed accounts of the medieval castle at Bolsover, the mansion built on the site of the castle by the Cavendish family of Welbeck in the seventeenth century, and Barlborough Hall, a late sixteenth-century prodigy house built by a successful Elizabethan lawyer.
A launch event for Volume III, incorporating a Marc Fitch lecture, took place on 12th April 2014. See attached News items for a full report.