Book List

Written by Derby Heritage Forum Members

 Don Farnsworth

A history of MARKEATON and MACKWORTH - FROM MEARCA TO CLARK-MAXWELL - ISBN 1 85983 503 1. The most comprehensive work available on the history of Mackworth and Markeaton which includes the present incumbent of the Lordship of the Manor. A detailed study with many unique photographs and documents makes this book an important contribution to the historical records of Derby.

First published in 2006 by The Breedon Book Company Limited, Breedon house, 3 The Parker Centre, Derby, DE21 4SZ and available from all good local book shops.

Priced at £12.99 it includes over 150 archive photographs and contains 188 pages.

 Ron McKeown

The Rivers of Time. An investigation into the role played by the Derwent and Trent rivers in shaping the history of Derby, Nottingham and other towns on the flood plains - ISBN 0 95306037-3 - New Price £4.00
A controversial investigation into the evidence of historic water levels in and around the City of Derby which questions the validity of previous historians in determining the development of the town since the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.

The Viking influence is also examined as is the belief that it was they who changed the name of the town. An examination of spelling examples suggests that the Viking name was recorded in "Old English" and that this may have led to some confusion regarding the interpretation

The book is on sale from the author. See Email Contact List for details.
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The Man-Made Global Warming Debate and Historical Contradictions - ISBN 0 9530603-8-2 - Price £3.50
This A5 book of just 43 pages is a follow-up to The Rivers of Time with another answer to the question of, “Where did the water go”? This book challenges the accepted thinking that temperatures, and therefore sea levels, are higher today than at any time in the past. Ron has discovered evidence that the Medieval Warm Period had higher sea levels which increases the validity of the interpretation of the evidence in The Rivers of Time and firmly fixes the Viking establishment of Derby and Nottingham into the typically Viking context of “D” shaped enclosures surrounded on three sides by water. As Ron says about the man-made global warming argument in his introduction, “It was never my intention to enter this debate but my interest in local history has dragged me into it whether I want to be here or not”. Right or wrong the observations Ron makes and the evidence he presents is compelling and deserves to be heard. The book is on sale from the author. See Email Contact List for details.

 Kevin Archer

1852 DERBY - Price £25
Kevin has titled his book 1852 DERBY with the sub title “A Map, A Gazetteer, A Newspaper” which adequately describes this extensive work. It is a detailed, “Yellow Pages” of late nineteenth century Derby with people, places and businesses listed in logical order and referenced against the 1852 map.

This is an important work for the historical researcher or the just plain curious and is well worth the £25 price tag. Copies are currently available from the author. See historic maps page for contact details

 Andrew Bailey

Chaddesden An Anthology ISBN 978-0-9926272-0-1 This book contains a collection of stories and articles taken from the archives collection of the Chaddesden Historical Group and edited by Andrew J Bailey.


The group was formed in 2006 to preserve the history of Chaddesden and this collection of articles includes modern as well as older items and along with the CHG website, gives an interesting view of Chaddesden of old.

 Rita M Bailey

JAMES ASHWORTH M.INST. M.E ISBN 978-0-9926272-1-8

James Ashworth was a noted mining engineer who lived in and around Chaddesden for part of his life.


His invention of the Ashworth Miner's Lamp, an improvement of the Davy Lamp, was a great step forward in miner's safety and bought him world wide fame in his field. This book details the research into and the life of a brilliant engineer who certainly made a vast contribution to miners safety.

Alan Wigley

Lost Gentry of Willington and Findern. Pub 2010, Willington Local History Group.
When the deeds of the Post office in Willington referred to the fact the property had been sold in 1927 by someone called Boulanger, who lived in Whornock, a remote township in British Columbia, it started me a on trail which included the ownership of River Trent trading rights in the 18th C and the development of canal trade in 1777. From it I found several wealthy families with no male heirs, a mysterious death, legal battles over disputed wills, logging activities in Canada, and eventually made contact with descendents of the family , who still lived in Canada.


All in all a saga which would have made a blockbuster film!

Derbyshire Windmills Past and Present (First edition 1995 by Midland Mills Group. Revised and updated 2003 by Heage Windmill Society)
Derbyshire Watermills ( Pub 1990 by Midland Mills Group)

I became interested in wind and water mills in the early 1970’s and found that, although many other counties had books written on their milling heritage, there was not a single book which described those in Derbyshire . All I could find were various references in newspapers and magazines etc to individual mills and, for example, ‘disused mill’ marked on some maps. This led me to chasing all over the county seeking information on both wind and water powered corn mills and eventually to the publication of the above, which are still the definitive books for the county.

(A few copies of these books are still available by application to Alan Gifford -

 Derek Palmer

Demolition of Derby
Derby Beneath Your Feet
Old West End Pictures
West End Best End
100 Years of the West End
West End Stories by West End People

 Denis Eardley

Around Wirksworth – Tempus Publishing – (Old pictures)
Wirksworth and Surrounding Area (Self Published)
Villages of the Peak District – Amberley Publishing
Derwent Valley Walks – DB Publishing

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