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The Building of Hardwick Hall. Part 1: The Old Hall, 1587–91

The Building of Hardwick Hall. Part 1: The Old Hall, 1587–91

Edited by David N. Durant and Philip Riden

Hardwick Hall is one of the best known prodigy houses of Elizabethan England. Standing on the ridge of magnesium limestone that overlooks the coal measures of north–east Derbyshire, the New Hall, completed in 1598 and now in the care of the National Trust, adjoins the ruins of the Old Hall, refurbished in the 1580s and now in the guardianship of English Heritage.

The Building of Hardwick Hall. Part 2: The New Hall, 1591–98

The Building of Hardwick Hall. Part 2: The New Hall, 1591–98

Edited by David N. Durant and Philip Riden

Hardwick Hall is one of the best known prodigy houses of Elizabethan England. Standing on the ridge of magnesium limestone that overlooks the coal measures of north–east Derbyshire, the New Hall, completed in 1598 and now in the care of the National Trust, adjoins the ruins of the Old Hall, refurbished in the 1580s and now in the guardianship of English Heritage.

The Butterley Company 1790–1830

The Butterley Company 1790–1830

By Philip Riden

Founded at Ripley in mid Derbyshire in 1790, the Butterley Company was for many years by far the largest coal and iron concern in the East Midlands. This book is a detailed study of its forty years, up to the date of the retirement of the last of the original partners.

A Catalogue of Local Maps of Derbyshire c.1528–1800

A Catalogue of Local Maps of Derbyshire c.1528–1800

Compiled by Harold Nichols
Revised by Mary Wiltshire assisted by Susan Woore

It is almost forty years since Harold Nichols compiled a list of Derbyshire maps produced before 1770 as a Leicester University MA dissertation and over thirty since the catalogue was published by the County Library. In this new edition, revised and greatly enlarged by a leading Derbyshire local historian, the scope of the catalogue has been extended to 1800, so that it now contains over 1100 entries. The book also includes eight colour plates reproducing details from some of the most important maps described in the catalogue.

A Catalogue of the Library of
Titus Wheatcroft of Ashover

A Catalogue of the Library of Titus Wheatcroft of Ashover

Edited by Maureen Bell

In 1723 Titus Wheatcroft, the schoolmaster and parish clerk of Ashover, in north–east Derbyshire, began to compile a catalogue of his books. His list, and the manuscript volume in which it survives, offer a rare opportunity to investigate the world of a reader of relatively humble social status.

Chesterfield Parish Register 1558–1600

Chesterfield Parish Register 1558–1600

Edited by Mary Walton with an introduction by Philip Riden

These two volumes together provide a complete transcript of the first volume of the register of baptisms, marriage and burials from the church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, whose parish included a number of adjoining townships as well as the borough itself.

Chesterfield Parish Register 1601–1635

Chesterfield Parish Register 1601–1635

Edited by Dorothy M. Nolan and Wilfrid J. Wilkinson with an introduction by Philip Riden

These two volumes together provide a complete transcript of the first volume of the register of baptisms, marriage and burials from the church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, whose parish included a number of adjoining townships as well as the borough itself.

Chesterfield Wills and Inventories 1521–1603

Chesterfield Wills and Inventories 1521–1603

Edited by J. M. Bestall and D. V. Fowkes

These two volumes make available work undertaken by a pioneer adult education research group led by John Bestall, formerly deputy director of the Department of ExtraMural Studies at Sheffield University. The class transcribed or abstracted all the wills and inventories of Chesterfield people among the diocesan records at Lichfield in one of the most successful as well as one of the earliest projects of its kind. The work has been prepared for the press by Dudley Fowkes, formerly county archivist of Staffordshire.

Chesterfield Wills and Inventories 1604–1650

Chesterfield Wills and Inventories 1604–1650

Edited by J. M. Bestall and D. V. Fowkes

These two volumes make available work undertaken by a pioneer adult education research group led by John Bestall, formerly deputy director of the Department of Extra–Mural Studies at Sheffield University. The class transcribed or abstracted all the wills and inventories of Chesterfield people among the diocesan records at Lichfield in one of the most successful as well as one of the earliest projects of its kind. The work has been prepared for the press by Dudley Fowkes, formerly county archivist of Staffordshire.

The Churchwardens Audit and Vestry Order Book of All Saints, Derby, 1465–1689

The Churchwardens Audit and Vestry Order Book of All Saints, Derby, 1465–1689

Edited by Richard Clark

The volume edited here is the earliest churchwardens audit record known from the diocese of Derby. It is also the earliest parish record of Derby, a borough whose history, especially in the early modern period, remains obscure. Richard Clark, a graduate of Worcester College, Oxford, has worked for many years on the history of early modern Derbyshire and is a longstanding member of the Record Society committee.

A Derbyshire Armory

A Derbyshire Armory

Compiled by Maxwell Craven
Illustrated by Elizabeth Forrest

This book is the only comprehensive dictionary of Derbyshire coats of arms. It contains some 2,500 entries, arranged alphabetically by surname.

The Derbyshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne 1825–1873

The Derbyshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne 1825–1873

Edited by Aileen Hopkinson, Vincent Hopkinson and Wendy Bateman

Over a period of nearly half a century Sir Stephen Glynne 1807–1874, a North Wales landowner and antiquary, visited churches in almost every county of England, keeping careful notes of what he found. Glynne's notes, preserved at St Deiniol's Library at Hawarden in Flintshire, are thus an invaluable source for the architectural history of the parish churches of Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Directories 1781–1824

Derbyshire Directories 1781–1824

Edited by Philip Riden

This book brings together material relating to Derbyshire from a range of early directories. It greatly facilitates their use for Derbyshire history during a period which saw major changes in the county's economy with the onset of industrialisation.

Derbyshire Feet of Fines 1323–1546

Derbyshire Feet of Fines 1323–1546

Calendared by H. J. H. Garratt with an introduction by Carole Rawcliffe

Final concords (or fines) were drawn up in the Court of Common Pleas at the conclusion of fictitious law suits whose real purpose was usually to effect the conveyance of property. This volume contains full summaries in England of 675 Derbyshire Fines executed between 1323 to the end of the reign of Henry VIII and is fully indexed by person and place.

The Derbyshire Gentry in the Fifteenth Century

The Derbyshire Gentry in the Fifteenth Century

By Susan M. Wright

Derbyshire in the later Middle Ages was a poor, thinly populated county, whose economic importance lay mainly in the lead industry of the Peak. The gentry of fifteenth–century Derbyshire had made themselves the acknowledged rulers of the county and did not welcome intrusion from outside. Dr Wright's book brings this society to life.

Derbyshire Hearth Tax Assessments 1662–1670

Derbyshire Hearth Tax Assessments 1662–1670

Edited by David G. Edwards with additional material by C. A. F. Meekings

This book makes available full transcripts of the best available assessments for every constabulary in the county from the early years of the hearth tax. It was first issued in 1982 and is one of only two Record Society volumes for which sales have warranted a reprint.

The Derbyshire Lead Industry in the 16th Century

The Derbyshire Lead Industry in the 16th Century

By David Kiernan

The mining and smelting of lead is Derbyshire's oldest industry apart from farming, and has long attracted attention from local antiquaries. By contrast, this is a detailed scholarly account of the industry during a period in which it emerged from late medieval decline into years of rapid growth. The main text is supported by detailed appendices which make available new lists of lead smelting sites and other data, and a glossary of technical terms.

The Derbyshire Returns to the 
1851 Religious Census

The Derbyshire Returns to the 1851 Religious Census

Edited by Margery Tranter, David A. Barton and Paul S. Ell

In 1851, the Registrar General, through his local officials and the census enumerators, sought to collect details of all the churches, chapels and other places of worship in England and Wales, including the age, size and seating capacity of each building, the denomination to which it belonged, the number of services held there on `Census Sunday' and the number of worshippers who attended. This exemplary edition of the original manuscript returns for Derbyshire, joins those published for other parts of the country.

Derbyshire Tithe Files 1836–50

Derbyshire Tithe Files 1836–50

Edited by J. V. Beckett and John E. Heath

The documents edited here are those prepared by the assistant tithe commissioners as they travelled through Derbyshire preparing agreements and awards under the Tithe Act of 1836. Derbyshire is the only county for which this material has been published.

Derbyshire Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1393–1574

Derbyshire Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1393–1574

Edited by David G. Edwards

These two volumes make available detailed summaries of 397 wills made by Derbyshire men and women which were proved in the central probate court down to the end of the sixteenth century. The texts are complemented by a introduction discussing the scope and value of the material and full indexes of persons, places and subjects.

Derbyshire Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1575–1601

Derbyshire Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1575–1601

Edited by David G. Edwards

These two volumes make available detailed summaries of 397 wills made by Derbyshire men and women which were proved in the central probate court down to the end of the sixteenth century.

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 1

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 1

Edited by Vanessa S. Doe

James Clegg 1679–1755 was a Dissenting minister whose congregation came from the scattered hamlets and farms around Chapel en le Frith in the Peak District. Clegg's diary begins in 1708 but it was not until 1727 that he made daily entries. From then until his death in 1755 these entries continue without a break. Part 1 Introduction and Diary 1708–36.

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 2

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 2

Edited by Vanessa S. Doe

James Clegg 1679–1755 was a Dissenting minister whose congregation came from the scattered hamlets and farms around Chapel en le Frith in the Peak District. Part 2 Diary 1737 –47.

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 3

The Diaries of James Clegg of Chapel en le Frith 1708–55 Part 3

Edited by Vanessa S. Doe

James Clegg 1679–1755 was a Dissenting minister whose congregation came from the scattered hamlets and farms around Chapel en le Frith in the Peak District. Part 3 Diary 1748–55 and indexes.

An Early Muniment Register from Hardwick Hall

An Early Muniment Register from Hardwick Hall

Edited by Philip Riden

This title makes available, as a calendar in modern English, the earliest register of deeds and other documents kept in the evidence room at Hardwick Hall. The register, which now forms part of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth and is published by kind permission of the Duke of Devonshire KCVO, CBE, DL, was begun before Bess of Hardwick died in 1608 and was added to in the 1620s, when the 2nd Earl of Devonshire was head of the family.

Essays in Derbyshire History presented to Gladwyn Turbutt

Essays in Derbyshire History presented to Gladwyn Turbutt

Edited by Philip Riden and David G. Edwards

This is a Festschrift volume, issued to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Record Society's foundation in 1977 and to pay tribute to Gladwyn Turbutt, who has been president of the society throughout its history. The essays range widely over most periods of Derbyshire's and different parts of the county. The authors are all present or past member of the Record Society committee.

Eyam Parish Register 1630–1700

Eyam Parish Register 1630–1700

Edited by John G. Clifford and Francine Clifford

This book makes available a complete record of baptisms, marriages and burials at the parish church of St Lawrence, Eyam, from the start of the earliest surviving register down to the end of the seventeenth century.

George Sitwell's Letterbook 1662–66

George Sitwell's Letterbook 1662–66

Edited by Philip Riden

George Sitwell of Renishaw in north–east Derbyshire, an ancestor of the well known literary family, lived from 1601 to 1667. For most of his adult life he was involved in the iron trade, owning his own blast furnace and leasing other works in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. For the last few years of his life a letterbook survives, containing copies of some 500 items outgoing correspondence.

The Greatest Brewery in the World – A History of Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton

The Greatest Brewery in the World – A History of Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton

By Colin C. Owen

Between the late eighteenth century and the late twentieth Burton–upon–Trent was the major centre of the British brewing industry outside London. For much of that period the largest brewer in the town was Bass and its predecessors. This book traces the history of what was until recently one of the best known names in British industry.

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish, Lord Cavendish of Hardwick, 1597–1607 Part 2

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish, Lord Cavendish of Hardwick, 1597–1607 Part 2

Edited by Philip Riden

The second volume of a three part set. These accounts provide a marvellous insight into a decade of family life at Hardwick. They also provide a day–to–day picture of William's public life and his commercial life in London.

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish, Lord cavendish of Hardwick, 1597–1607 Part 3

The Household Accounts of William Cavendish, Lord cavendish of Hardwick, 1597–1607 Part 3

Edited by Philip Riden

This is the third volume of the accounts which offer a marvellous insight into a decade of family life at Hardwick as well as a day–to–day picture of William's life in London.

Minutes of the Chesterfield Canal Company 1771–80

Minutes of the Chesterfield Canal Company 1771–80

Edited by Christine Richardson with an introduction by Philip Riden

This volume contains a complete transcript of the only surviving minute book of the Chesterfield Canal Company, covering the period of the canal's construction in the 1770s. The minute book records meetings of both the committee that managed the project from day to day and also the six–monthly shareholders' general assemblies.

Minutes of the Meetings of the Cromford Canal Company 1789 –1799

Minutes of the Meetings of the Cromford Canal Company 1789 –1799

Edited by Hugh Potter and Philip Riden

This new publication makes available the first three minute books kept by the Cromford Canal Company. It sheds light on the general history of the Derwent and Erewash valleys during the Industrial revolution.

The Records of the Cromford & High Peak Railway Company

The Records of the Cromford & High Peak Railway Company

Edited by David Hodgkins

The Cromford & High Peak Railway was one of the most ambitious of the schemes projected in the boom in railway promotion of 1824–5. This is a definitive edition of the company's own records, with a detailed commentary on the building and operation of the line, and the traders who used the railway.

The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre

The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre

Edited by Aileen Hopkinson with an introduction by David Crook

This calendar of the rolls of the Eyre held in Derbyshire by a group of justices on circuit in the northern counties, led by John de Vaux, is the first edition of the records of an Eyre of a major English county from the reign of Edward I.

A Seventeenth–Century Scarsdale Miscellany

A Seventeenth–Century Scarsdale Miscellany

Edited by J. V. Beckett and J. P. Polak

This volume brings together three items relating to north–east Derbyshire in the seventeenth century. First, a series of rating assessments of the hundred made in 1652–62 are here printed in full for the first time making available four texts from three different locations. The second part contains a new edition of the autobiography of Leonard Wheatcroft, a man of many parts. Finally, Dr Kiernan has edited, with a substantial introduction, the accounts of a Chesterfield lead merchant.

Sion Chapel, Ashbourne. Letters and Papers 1801–17

Sion Chapel, Ashbourne. Letters and Papers 1801–17

Edited by Edwin Welch

Sion was founded in 1801 as a congregation belonging to the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. It is an unusually well documented chapel, since its day–to–day administration by local members was closely supervised from London. This volume prints all the correspondence which passed between London and Ashbourne during the earliest years of the chapel, together with details of income and expenditure.

Sutton–cum–Duckmanton Parish Register
1662–1837

Sutton–cum–Duckmanton Parish Register 1662–1837

Edited by Pamela Kettle and Philip Riden

This volume makes available a complete record of baptisms, marriages and burials at St Mary's, Sutton Scarsdale, from the commencement of the earliest surviving register down to the introduction of civil birth and death registration in 1837.

Visitation Returns from the Archdeaconry of Derby 1718–1824

Visitation Returns from the Archdeaconry of Derby 1718–1824

Edited by John Beckett, Margery Tranter and Wendy Bateman

This volume prints the surviving returns to three visitations of the archdeaconry of Derby conducted by bishops of Coventry and Lichfield during the eighteenth century, together with a fragmentary return from one of 1824.

William Senior's Survey of the Estates of the First and Second Earls of Devonshire c.1600–28

William Senior's Survey of the Estates of the First and Second Earls of Devonshire c.1600–28

Edited by D. V. Fowkes and G. R. Potter with additional material by Peter Eden

William Senior was a mathematician and surveyor commissioned by the Cavendish family to compile one of the most extensive and detailed surveys to survive for any great estate of this period.

William Woolley's History of Derbyshire

William Woolley's History of Derbyshire

Edited by Catherine Glover and Philip Riden

William Woolley was a Derby lead merchant who, after he retired from business, set about compiling a topographical and genealogical account of his native county, modelled on Robert Thoroton's Nottinghamshire (1677) and drawing on collections made by his kinsman Samuel Sanders of Little Ireton. The work was written c.1712 and remained unpublished, latterly in Derby Local Studies Library, until this edition was issued in 1981.