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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Servicemen of WWI & II

    Remembering and honoring the men from the world wars – Do you know anyone who served? Stoney Middleton and its brave men gave unreservedly for the benefit of our freedom, serving in both world wars. SMHCCG would like to commemorate these men compiling a list of all who served along with their stories. The information… Learn more

  • The Boundary Stone

    Boundary Stone

    The Boundary Stone acted as a marker separating the residents of the plague affected village of Eyam from the non-affected villagers of Stoney Middleton in 1665. It is here during the plague that money soaked in vinegar (believed to kill the infection) was placed by the villagers of Eyam in exchange for food and medical… Learn more

  • The Great Plague of 1665

    Rats carrying the plague

    The Bubonic Plague had been around for centuries, but 1665 saw the worst outbreak and became known as the Great Plague. The City of London was to experience the worst. However a chance encounter by a tailor from the neighbouring village of Eyam, with a parcel from London was to kill him within a week,… Learn more

  • Village Cross – Commemorating the end to the Corn Laws

    Village Cross

    The Village Cross was erected in the village in 1846 to commemorate the repealing of the Corn Laws, laws first introduced in 1815; they imposed expensive duties on imported corn and other grains for grinding from other countries protecting the English and Irish farmers. The Cross The village cross, locally known as the Corn Cross is an important symbol… Learn more