Village History

Events that shaped the village

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  • A History of Stoney Middleton Horticultural Society

    Stoney Middleton Horticultural Society

    Stoney Middleton’s allotments have been a popular feature of the village for many years, producing prize winning vegetables and flowers. The much sought after Growers Cup has been competed for since 1943. Other awards include the Tom Shaw Cup, Bramley Rose Trophy, White Cup, George Hall Cup, Warren Cup and the Francis Hall Trophy. Each year… Learn more

  • A rather romantic description of Stoney Middleton from 1872

    In 1872 the ‘BLACKS TOURIST GUIDE TO DERBYSHIRE’ was published. He wrote at length about Stoney Middleton, stating: ‘The village is remarkably picturesque’ The full article has been reproduced below, all grammar and spelling have been left unchanged. STONEY MIDDLETON. Inns.—Moon ; Lover’s Leap ; Grouse ; Miners’ Arms. From Bakewell, 6 m. ; from Castleton, 10 m.… Learn more

  • Art in Stoney Middleton

    Painting by Tomas Peters

    Views of Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire have been the subject matter for numerous paintings since the 18th century. Images of the Dale and St. Martin’s Church in particular have been extensively reproduced and appear on many local postcards. Depictions of lime burning and quarrying have also been the subject matter of a number of art works… Learn more

  • Companion into Derbyshire 1948

    In 1948 Ethel Carlton Williams visited Derbyshire to undertake research for her book companion into Derbyshire. Chapter four – Padley, Stoney Middleton and Eyam follows or it can be viewed in its original format Companion into Derbyshire by Ethel Carlton Williams Part II. THE LOWER PEAK CHAPTER FOUR: Padley and Stoney Middleton The Eyres of… Learn more

  • Derbyshire’s link to the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter squadron

    Flt Lt Bieńkowski and Sqn Ldr Zumbach with their prized Ju 88 trophy

    The bombing of the Tarmac plant at Dalton quarry during WWII was witnessed by local people in the village and their recollections are to be found elsewhere on this website. However, little was known about the details raid until now. We are indeed indebted to the meticulous work of Frank Pleszak who has researched the… Learn more

  • History of the Village of Stoney Middleton by Thomas E Cowen 1910

    Stoney Middleton – A romantic village and notable tourist destination according to Cowen in his book of 1910. Resident schoolmaster Cowen provides a invaluable insight, not to mention important collection of facts and information. He writes: ‘Stoney Middleton is not likely to be a place for trade, but for many reasons it may be a place to visit,… Learn more

  • Old village book donated

    Probably the oldest published book about the village, Thos E Cowen captures the village at a moment in time over 100 years ago. This edition was published in 1941, it was kindly donated by Kathleen Heginbotham, whose father owned the boot factory at Calver. EMERGING from the First Meadow through a stile two low buildings appear on the right in… Learn more

  • Pot-luck of boy soldier trapped in cave

    ONLY a miracle – and the determination of rescuers – saved boy soldier John Stevens when he became trapped underground 36 years ago. The 16-year-old had been ordered to plunge into a water-filled passage with no exit during a training exercise. After diving 90ft along the tunnel, John discovered an air pocket, but had no… Learn more

  • Prisoner of War Camp

    In 1940 the world was at war, an act which was to have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people the world over. Stoney Middleton, a remote village in Derbyshire was to be no different. The village was an industrial village centred on limestone quarrying, the stone was used directly for construction and… Learn more

  • Public houses of the village

    The village is notable for the number of public houses. Twelve have been recorded over the last 200 years, but not all necessarily at the same time. Popularity can possibly be explained by the industrialisation of the village at this time. Workers from the mines, quarries as well as numerous boot factories would undoubtedly have been… Learn more