One of the memorials created that year for Queen Victoria was a project to write the history of every local community in England, county by county. Since then, Victoria County’s history has had its ups and downs, but it is still going strong after more than a century.
For Derbyshire books were published in 1905 and 1907 but the project then lapsed until 2000 when it was revived with the support of County Council, the University of Nottingham and individual supporters , who came together to form the Derbyshire Victoria County History Trust.
The trust has since produced books about Bolsover and surrounding villages, Hardwick Hall and the streets and houses of Chesterfield.
His latest publication is a history of Hasland, the first of several planned for the suburbs making up modern Chesterfield, which were once rural villages within the large parish served by the Crooked Spire.
The former township of Hasland included Grassmoor and Birdholme, as well as the smaller communities of Spital, Hady, Winsick and Corbriggs. At the end of the 19th century, Hasland, Birdholme and Spital became densely populated suburbs, while Grassmoor became a large mining village. All of these locations are included in the book which features the first published history of Grassmoor and Birdholme.
Compiled by a team of local historians led by Philip Riden, Honorary Researcher at the University of Nottingham, the book covers landholdings, agriculture and industry, churches and chapels, schools and activities Recreation.
Philip said: “I am delighted to see this book come out after many years of work by members of the Derbyshire VCH Trust. I hope local residents will enjoy reading it and learning more about their community’s past.
Hardcover large format, A History of Hasland has 200 pages, including 18 pages of color plates and eight maps.
The book will be launched at an event at the Devonshire Arms in Mansfield Road, Hasland on Wednesday June 15, when Philip Riden will give a short talk on the publication and copies will go on sale for the first time. All local residents interested in the history of their community are welcome to learn more.
A Hasland story costs £20.