Monday, 24 August 2015

A Dabber's Nantwich

Not many miles from here is the historic Cheshire town of Nantwich. Those who know the town, or would like to learn more will find the "Dabber's" website full of interesting information. Click on the "Old Nantwich" pictures for a fascinating look back at the past.  You will find the web site at

This is Beam Street, Nantwich about 1910

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Chapel-en-le-Frith's Bus Station

The Chapel-en-le-Frith factory of Ferodo opened in 1902,  The Company took its name from the founder Herbert Frood who in 1897 had used his garden shed in Combs to experiment in brake materials. The first factory opened in Gorton in 1901 but trade quickly expanded and the Sovereign and Howden Mills in Chapel were rented. As Ferodo grew it employed large numbers of people, many of whom travelled from neighbouring towns and villages. Most of these workers travelled by bus. In 1931 special works services were provided by the North Western bus company as the regular bus services could no longer cope with demand. A works bus station was built in 1937. It  was only in use for 90 minutes each day, at the start and end of each working shift. In 1954, a new, larger bus station was built, capable of handling 24 buses at a time.  In the morning peak,  28 vehicles were needed with services from as far afield as Stockport, Buxton, Hayfield and many other localities.  There were 50 departures each day with the peak period being at 5.30 pm when 25 buses left within a 10 minute period carrying  1100 passengers. 

The photos are from the archives of “Commercial Motor”

A North Western Bristol passes the Old Hall Inn at Whitehough en route for Horwich End.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Modern Comforts

A "chara" poses on Long Hill. This was 9th March 1916 and the Caledon bus was on a demonstration tour. The article is from the archives of Commercial Motor.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Lady Amelia-Caroline Jodrell

Edmund Jodrell succeeded to the Yeardsley estates in 1547 when aged 6 years.  His younger brother was Roger Jodrell from whom the following line of descent is traced: Thomas Jodrell, Paul Jodrell of Sion Hill,Middlesex (died 1728), Paul Jodrell of Duffield, Derbys (died 1744),Paul Jodrell of Duffield (died 1751), Richard-Paul Jodrell died 1831, Sir Richard-Paul Jodrell. These were distant cousins of the Jodrells of Yeardsley and Taxal.
Sir Richard-Paul Jodrell was married in 1816 to Amelia-Caroline, the daughter of the Earl of Kingston.
This picture of Lady Jodrell appeared in "The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic" of 1837

Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Visit to Poole's Cavern 1794

From the Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society


The article above is an extract from the Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society of 1879.
The list covers the entire County of Derbyshire although we have only included those places in our neighbourhood. Furness Vale and Whaley Bridge were of course in Cheshire at that time although it is doubtful that any local inns existed here in the  16th Century.  There is no mention of any location closer to New Mills, than "Heyfelde".