Ashbourne & District

Landscape & Heritage

Leader Pamela Boura
Telephone 01335 418149
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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 Pamela Boura.

Dates for your Diary
Fri Oct 16th Cathryn Walton from Leek Historical Society will give a guided tour of central Leek. Now postponed due to Covid19 restrictions.
Fri Nov 20th Zoom meeting at 10.15am with Faith Johnson from Friends of the Peak District. She will talk about the history and current work of this group in preserving the landscape and communities of the Peak District.
Fri Jan 15th 2021 The professional photographer Ashley Franklin will present "My Derbyshire" at 10:30am via Zoom.

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