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Month: May 2017

Dedication Service

Dedication Service

Wednesday 5th July – 7.00pm St Oswald’ Church, Ashbourne. FREE EVENT Dedication Service Leaflet for 5th July         Photographs kindly taken by Lisa Travers      

    Dan Cruickshank – Author, broadcaster and BBC TV presenter has a special interest in Ashbourne and its Georgian buildings.  His knowledge of architecture combined with his natural humour and the experiences of a worldly wise journeyman have made him one of the most enthralling and captivating speakers, he made a welcome return to the town with an entertaining illustrated talk. Dan is an expert on the Georgian period and wrote and presented the County House Revealed series and…

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  Dr Pete Collinge & Pete Dale (late of the Dining Room) Historian Dr Peter Collinge presented an entertaining, illustrated talk on the extensive range of food and drink consumed by the citizens of Georgian Ashbourne.  Drawing on evidence from the town’s grocers’ shops, household accounts, bills and receipts, diaries, letters and newspapers, he revealed elegant dinners, picnics, public celebrations and private parties, street food, drunken revels, and the darker world of food and drink adulteration. While Pete Dale cooked…

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  Adrian Henstock, BA DAA FRHistS; President of the Thoroton Society in Nottingham and former Principal Archivist in Nottingham. A fascinating talk on the varied origins of the town from 1066-1350 including the development of its street plan, markets and church. The rise of influential families such as the Ferrers and the Cokaynes, all set against a background of baronial rebellions, outlaw gangs, famine and plague. Adrian has a lifelong passion for local history first inspired by his upbringing in…

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This virtual tour took the audience on one of the intriguing walks around the town, but all from the comfort of our seats… Geof Cole – Town Tour Guide. Geof served in the military for 36 years retiring as a Group Captain in 2004.  He became interested in visible heritage, especially in Derbyshire and the Peak District.  He is an experienced walk leader and one of the Volunteer Heritage Guides for Ashbourne with a wealth of knowledge on the streets, buildings and…

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Sue Woore is a well known local author and expert on medieval landscapes and local history. Sue guided a small party along the route shown on the first map of Ashbourne produced in 1547 to help settle a land dispute between a local landowner and the people of Ashbourne – it revealed some surprising similarities to the present day landscape and field patterns.  

We heard and learnt the fascination story of the Old Trust and other charities linked to the Town. John Dawson and Allen Forsyth are members of the “Old Trust” or more correctly “The Incorporated Governors and Assistants of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Ashbourne” established by Royal Charter on the 15th July 1585 and which required “three discrete, good and honest governors and 12 assistants”. Today their primary function is looking after the many alms-houses and administering the charitable gifts left to…

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Professor Bennett told us the story of a bloody war that split a nation with neighbours and even families on opposing sides! Professor Martyn Bennett BA, PH.D. FRHistS is a lecturer, writer and leading authority on the English Civil War.  He has written extensively on the conflict including a biography of Oliver Cromwell.  He helped establish the National Civil War Centre in Newark and has provided expertise for BBC2’s History Cold Case, The One Show and National Geographic’s Bloody Tales.

  In the 19th century the town was a major producer of movements and parts for longcase (grandfather) clocks with the Harlow firm making movements of the highest quality and selling them to “clockmakers” in all parts of Britain and America.  Later, church clocks and wall clocks were a speciality of several firms, including Haycocks who are still manufacturing in the town.  For over 300 years Ashbourne has been a clock making centre and was once the town’s largest employer!…

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Official Shrovetide Ball Painter told us about ‘The Story of Royal Shrovetide Football’.  An evening of stories and rare film footage. An evening of nostalgia, stories and rare film footage with a collection of historic Shrovetide leathers on display. Rev’d Tim Baker is an official ball painter to the Ashbourne Shrovetide Committee.  Tim has become a well known local figure since taking up on this role for the Ashbourne Wednesday ball in 1991 at the tender age of 16.  Tim is a…

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