Welcome to the revitalising of DHBT and thank you for joining us. After decades of productive activity rescuing nearly one hundred historic properties from dereliction and possible demolition, the Trust suffered a nadir when the Government ceased to give conservation grants. However, as a result of dedicated organisational work by a growing number of volunteers, and support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are now re-establishing the Trust as a force to be reckoned with. You will see from this first newsletter the range of activities and projects planned. With your help, this will only be the beginning. Please ask your friends and acquaintances to become a Friend of the Trust, and, if you can find a little time, volunteer your services.
Derek Latham, August 2019
events programme 2019
Sunday August 18th, 2-4pm
Guided Walk: Torr Vale Mill, The Millennium Walkway and the New Mills Conservation Area
Come and explore the dramatic setting of this multi-storey textile mill in 'The Park under the Town'; the deep, gritstone gorge of the River Goyt, which winds below the town where road and rail bridges and tunnels defy this topographical challenge. See it from the spectacular Torrs Walkway (built as a Millennium project) high over the raging River Sett.
Allan Morrison, DHBT Trustee and conservation architect, will lead a walk through the New Mills Conservation Area, to point out it’s surprising attributes and where the Trust has involvement, culminating in a brief tour of Torr Vale Mill, by kind permission of the owner, Daniel Cunningham. Tickets cost £8.
Saturday September 7th, 6-9pm
An exclusive Late Summer Gathering and Tour of Haddon Hall
An exclusive late summer gathering and guided tour of Haddon Hall. If you are a Friend of Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, you will be able to purchase a ticket for this event at the reduced price of £25.00 (plus booking fee). Tickets for those who are not Friends of DHBT cost £35.00 (plus booking fee). Founder Friends are able to attend this event free of charge.
Sunday September 8th, 2-3:30pm
Guided Tour: Spital Cemetery and Chapel, Chesterfield Sunday 8th September
An opportunity to visit the remarkable Spital Cemetery and its Grade II listed chapels. The walk will be led by members of The Friends of Spital Cemetery (FoSC), who have a wealth of knowledge about the wonderful place, its features, and the people buried there.
Tuesday October 8th, 10:30am-1:30pm
Guided Tour: Darley Abbey Mills and Village
This is a unique opportunity to see the most complete group of 18th century cotton mills in the whole of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The tour will cover the origins of the village, the development and adaptive reuse of the mills complex and the recent conversion of Darley Hall Stables.
Saturday 16th November, 3-6pm
Celebrate the best of Derbyshire's built heritage.
Architecture awards, 2019
16th November, Elvaston Castle
We are asking for applications for our second annual awards. There are a number of building categories, so many historic building schemes will find they can apply. Our aim is to promote all that is best in the preservation of Derbyshire's built heritage.
We exist to safeguard Derbyshire's historic buildings; please support us by spreading the word for the Awards. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2019.
HOPKINSON’S HOUSE, WIRKSWORTH: rescued and restored
Between 1981-3, DHBT tackled its most challenging rescue of a historic building.
The property was built as a grand house in 1631 but declined dramatically in status over the following three hundred years. This led to a disastrous lack of care and the building was described as roofless and derelict when added to the statutory list in 1950. In 1954 the front and back gables collapsed.
As part of the 1978 Wirksworth town regeneration project, led by the Civic Trust and funded by the Sainsbury family charitable trust, the DHBT tackled ‘no-hope buildings’ of which Hopkinson’s House was the most spectacular.
A meticulous restoration of the surviving fabric was carried out by Lathams Architects and the provision of new floors and a new roof made possible the creation of a suite of rooms which could be let for use as office accommodation. This has helped fund the administration of the DHBT ever since.
Nearly 40 years on the office accommodation needs upgrading to meet up to date regulations and needs, particularly regarding thermal insulation, water supply, electrical services and lavatory provision.
We are, therefore, now embarking on a programme of fund raising.