About the Chaddesden Historical Group
The Chaddesden Historical Group was formed at a meeting, arranged by Tony Bowler, at the old Chaddesden Library on Thursday 6 April 2006.
Our group’s aim is to collect the history of Chaddesden and its surrounding area for the benefit of future generations as well as for today’s historians. This information is available via our web site and printed matter to other history groups, local authority and museum archives as well as schools and other interested parties.
We hold monthly meetings at the Jubilee Club in Chaddesden Lane which has excellent facilities for the disabled as well as our more able members. These meetings are held on the first Thursday morning of the month starting at 10:00 a.m. and this has become a much anticipated social event with attendance figures of over 60 members seen on a regular basis. With a guest speaker, refreshments and lively company available a good time is assured. Our current active list contains nearly 90 members.
A varied programme of visits to places of interest is organised during the year for members only. Transport is usually by coach to allow those without own transport to take part.
An important objective of the group is to reach out to the people of Chaddesden who through work, travel, family and educational commitments are not able to attend our regular meetings. One way to tackle this situation has been the building of a comprehensive web site. This will not only benefit our membership but a much wider readership will also be able to tap into the interesting and varied pool of historical information now being assembled. We aim to establish a site that will benefit our schools, local authority study centres, and historians as well as anyone with access to the Internet who wishes to learn more about the history of Chaddesden.
Chaddesden has developed from being an agricultural based economy into a dormitory area for Derby’s industrial heritage and a vast untapped mine of experiences is waiting to be gathered. The history of Chaddesden can be told through its churches, cottage industries and families and it’s these stories that we intend to record and publish by whatever means we can.
Even coal mining left its mark on Chaddesden in the form of a tramway passing over the fields from Stanley to its terminus at what is now the junction of Walpole Street and Cumberland Avenue. Much of the colliery tramway route is now lost under the houses of the Oakwood estate, but at the time of opening, it was the longest continuous cable-hauled system of its type in Britain.
About our web site
Our first web site was launched in January 2011 with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Despite a makeover a few years later, by 2016 the site had grown to the extent that it was hard to maintain in its original form. A new site was launched in 2017 and its content increased significantly during the pandemic when it was the Group's only visible activity. The site's content was also enlarged when work began to scan, and put on-line, the Group's printed archives. By 2022 limitations of the site were becoming apparent. Its replacement, launched in December 2022, has a directory structure similar to that of our archives and is expected to grow in the next few years as more is put on-line.