Ashbourne & District

Landscape & Heritage

Leader: John Barnett
Telephone: 07503 152610
Email: Click on the blue envelope

The Landscape and Heritage Group is for anyone with a general interest in history and how the local and wider landscapes have evolved. In particular we look at the impact of industry and agriculture on the development of towns and villages from prehistoric times to the present day. Derbyshire and its neighbouring counties are particularly rich in interesting and varied places to visit under the guidance of members of the group or local experts. In addition to looking at the influence of humans on the landscape, we also visit natural geological features. This year's highlights have included a talk on the history of travelling fairs, a talk about and a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, a tour of the City of Caves below Nottingham, and the National Justice Museum, a visit to the David Mellor cutlery factory, and a guided tour of the Buxton Opera House and Roman Buxton. In the past we have visited one of the last factories making buttons from mother of pearl, Sinai Park House near Burton, some of which dates back to the fourteenth century and which is currently being restored, and to the last working bell foundry in Britain. We have had a "behind the scenes" tour of the Matlock Record Office, looked at veteran trees in the landscape at Kedleston Park, had guided tours of Uttoxeter Market Place, Rocester and Darley Mills, and have had a walk following the Ashbourne Treasures map of 1547, guided by historian Susan Woore. Visits are very sociable and short walks are taken at a relaxed pace. During the winter months we hold indoor meetings to look at topics which interest members and which in the past have included the Impact on the Landscape of the Eighteenth Century Droving Trade. Our meetings are usually on the morning of the third Friday of the month, although this may be changed to accommodate venue opening times.

Ideas for future meetings are always welcome.
If there is somewhere you would like to visit in the future, please let us know.
For further details, please contact the coordinator John Barnett.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Nov 15th Travelling fairs in the post-Great War era. Following on from the very enjoyable talk about fairs in the pre-war era earlier in the year Steve Smith is returning by popular demand to present more fascinating information on this subject. 10-30am. Venue McMurtry and Harding's Veterinary Practice
Fri Dec 20th Christmas Lunch at the Red Lion in Kniveton. Contact the coordinator if you wish to attend.

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Art Appreciation Badminton
Bowls Bridge 1
Bridge 2 Canasta
Choir Coffee Morning (new event)
Craft Current Affairs
Cycling Family History
French Gardens
German German Conversation
Gold Card Explorers Hiking
Landscape & Heritage Line Dancing
Music Appreciation Petanque
Photography Quiz
Scrabble Strollers
Table Tennis Theatre Visits
Walking Word Play
Writing