Village History

Events that shaped the village

You can view the full article by clicking on the article title or its associated thumbnail image.

  • 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

  • Bombing the quarry

    Bombing the quarry

    Bombing of the quarry in Stoney Middleton occurred during WWII when it was struck by two Messerschmitt Bf 110s (also known as ME11). They attacked the tarmac plant in Darlton quarry (opposite the turning to Eyam in Stoney Middleton Dale). They sought to disrupt production due to its importance; the tarmac being used for the repair and construction of roads… 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

  • 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

  • World War one – Stoney Middleton

    Memorial Cross

    During the First World War approximately ten million military personnel died.  Most of the deaths were on the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, but there were many who died closer to home. In 1930 the then Imperial War Graves Commission compiled and published The War Graves Of The British Empire, a register of the… Learn more

  • World War Two – Stoney Middleton

    49th Squadron

    World War II was to have a profound effect on the entire world, Stoney Middleton a small village in the picturesque village of Derbyshire would not escape its impact, the village was bombed, it housed a military and prisoner of war camp, and tragically lost four brave young men who gave their lives and are remembered here. We must remember… Learn more