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 Sep 20th

A guided tour of Cauldwell's Mill at Rowsley; a Grade II* listed historic roller flour mill powered by water from the river Wye. The cost will be £3 per head, arrange your own transport and meet at the mill at 10-15am. Contact the coordinator if you wish to attend as numbers will be limited to 20.

Thu Oct 17th Visit to Sheffield Industrial Museums. Kelham Island Museum in the morning, followed by a visit to the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in the afternoon. This trip is limited to sixteen participants and is already fully booked. If you wish to be placed on a reserve list in case of cancellations please contact the coordinator.
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 to be confirmed.
Fri Dec 20th Christmas Lunch. Date may be changed.

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Line Dancing Lunch Meetings
Music Appreciation Petanque
Photography Scrabble
Strollers Table Tennis
Theatre Visits Walking
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