Local History

The Local History Group normally meets on the last Monday of every month at 10am in the upstairs room at Tansley Village Hall, with a small charge to cover the hire of the room and refreshments. For the months were there is a Bank Holiday, we change, usually to the week before.

Our aim is to educate members about the history of our diverse county both of the people and the places. We realise that some members will have loads of spare time to do their own research, and some members will have little spare time, but we would like to encourage all members to participate in educating the other group members. So it is hoped that members of the group will conduct their own research into a chosen area of interest, maybe just working alone, or in pairs or even small groups, then give a talk to the rest of the group on their findings. This could even culminate in a visit to some historic site.

During the summer months we try to arrange something outdoors, if it is one of the many tourist attractions around here, there will be an entry fee. Sometimes it is a free trip where one of the members leads the group on maybe a tour around a village or site of historical interest.

Due to the current Covid 19 regulations, the Local History Group is taking a break. When we can meet in larger groups we will endeavour to re-start.

If you are interested in joining the group please contact me by email or phone.

The group coordinator is Susan Tomlinson, who can be contacted by e-mail, or by telephone on 01629 583763.

Bakewell Old House Museum

Re-opening on the 25th March 2021

The Old House is situated very close to the Church on Cunningham Place and is the oldest standing building in Bakewell, dating from 1534. It is a typical 16th century yeoman‘s house that now houses a small museum with an exhibition of local life and artefacts.The house was originally owned by the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield and was built as a tithe (tax collectors dwelling). The original construction had just four rooms and was extended in 1549 which reflected the growing prosperity from the tithe collecting into a gentleman’s residence complete with ‘garderobe’ (Tudor toilet). In the Industrial Revolution, it was repurposed as mill workers’ cottages, by Richard Arkwright who had built his third cotton spinning mill in Bakewell. The house retains surviving features from all these periods. By 1935 the Old House had fallen into disrepair, but was saved from demolition by the Bakewell and District Historical Society and restored.