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Bygone Holmesfield : ISBN 978-0-9552251-5-4
by Nick Wheat (Holmesfield Village Society).
Published 2007 - 48 pages, illustrated.
A5 - Softback : £5.00 from bookstores + £1.00 (UK P&P)
On sale in the Rutland Arms, Holmesfield.

Originally from Dronfield, Nick Wheat has lived in Holmesfield since the age of 7. Nick is now the chairman and archives co-ordinator for the Holmesfield Village Society.

Holmesfield Village Society is delighted to announce that its fund-raising book is available featuring mainly Edwardian postcard views of Holmesfield and Millthorpe, most of which have never appeared in print before.

The Holmesfield of 100 years ago was a totally different place to live in than it is today. It may be deemed to be fortunate in that it still retains some of its quiet byways, fabulous unspoilt views and largely stone built dwellings, but the make up of the village has changed forever as this once self-contained rural community in North Derbyshire inevitably evolves into a dormitory suburb of nearby Chesterfield and Sheffield like so many other villages in the area.

We can now only imagine life in Holmesfield as it was back then through faded photographs, dusty archives, and the memories of the ever dwindling number of village folk that can remember the days of old and the characters that were associated with it at one time or another.

No longer is it possible to buy provisions from the village shop, nor can pensions be collected from the post office. The village shop may not exist but people who prefer to buy pints of beer rather than pints of milk are still amply catered for as Holmesfield at least retains most of its public houses – a feature that still endears the village to some!

Since the Holmesfield Village Society began its archives project just a few short years ago, people have frequently requested a book of old photographs be published and we hope this first collection doesn’t disappoint. We wish to publish other books on Holmesfield – not just just from a bygone age such as the one we present here, but also including more recent times. If you have any old photographs, documents or information that you feel would be of interest to the archives project, please get in touch. My thanks go to those who have kindly loaned us such items, some of which you will see contained in the book.

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