Mapperley Village

Home - The Village Today - History - Maps - Memories - Newspapers - Picture Gallery - World Wars
Contents Contents - Comments - Contact Me - Links - Nearby Villages - Notice Board - Search - What's New? New

Drop-Down Navigation Menu


News Papers Derbyshire Life Parish Magazine

Parish Magazine

Covers 1900's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's



Notes From Parish Magazines

January 2015

The Photo Was Taken At NCB Headquarters Or Stanley Pit
And appears in the May/June 1959 Parish Magazine.

Men are (left to right):-
Bob Harrison - Under - Manager lived in Stanley
Ted Yates - Stanley
Freddie Miles - Chaddesden
Alf Aldred  (with trophy) - Stanley Common
Harry Beardsley - West Hallam
George Pearson (Edie Pearson's husband, late of Mapperley)
Joe Hobley  Pit Manager - West Hallam

This was the No 5 Area Challenge Shield. All 7 had close and long connections with the local Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade and all at some time were members of the competition team for the local Division whose name was Mapperley Division although it covered both local collieries and anyone else interested.

All except Joe Hobley were uniformed members of the St John Ambulance Brigade and all at some time helped with the junior group known as St John Ambulance Cadets. Bob Harrison was Divisional Superintendent for the cadets and at different times Alf Aldred and Ted Yates were Divisional Officers. Ted Yates, Harry Beardsley and George Pearson at different times helped to train the Cadets' competition team who themselves won many trophies. 

I know because I was one of them and captained the team at one time!

Alan Cooper

January 2015

Looking back at the last few months: We ran "Open Sundays" in August when walkers, members and villagers met for tea and cakes. This was enjoyable and raised £79 in donations for refreshments, which will be used towards the cost of upkeep of the churchyard.

In September, 70 sat down to a great Harvest Supper followed by an amusing and inspiring talk by Rev. Trevor Grewcock, a former superintendent in the local Methodist circuit, with stories from his time as a Methodist minister.

Donations have been given to the Church Housing Trust, which provides support to the homeless, following an appeal, and to Manna, the Archdeacon's charity following a visit from him to take a service.

Expenditure - necessary repairs have been carried out to the organ, in addition to the annual service, windows broken by flying stones have been replaced and the church has paid for rails to be added to the new footpath, funded through the Lodge House Community Fund.

We still need help with music at our Sunday morning services - which is at 9.30am and lasts for about an hour. The first and third Sunday are usually communion, the second Sunday is usually an all age service and the fourth Sunday is usually Morning Praise - when Stella and Martin Gowdridge usually lead the worship in music. Services on the fifth Sunday are usually joint services with other churches in the Benefice. Can you help in playing the organ, piano or other instrument? If so please contact either of the church wardens - Christine Woodward Or Malcolm Brown or the church secretary, Carol Smith .

The Christmas lights are on at the lychgate and looking beautiful. A West Hallam couple mentioned this when they came for supper at the Old Black Horse. Thank you Darren and Caron for putting them up.

The Sacred Harp Singers will be using Mapperley Church for their regular meet up on Thursday 1st January 2015. Anyone is welcome to join them to listen and join in.

Elizabeth Campbell

February 2015

Mapperley History Project.

MAGAZINES (this was written in 1954 by Rev G Spencer)

Parishioners will be interested to learn that all available magazines of this parish are now permanently bound. The Parish Magazine of West Hallam seems to have been issued first in January 1860, by the Revd C J Newdigate and continued until December 1863, when it appears to have lapsed. It was revived by the Revd C W Birley in January 1901, and has continued in different forms from then until now – sometimes being reduced to a mere leaflet and on one occasion appearing quarterly.  All these are now bound in seven volumes and may be seen and referred to at the Rectory, but I am afraid I cannot permit any volume to be taken home.

2014 Note - These bound volumes are now at the Derbyshire Record Office New Street Matlock.
Contact me if you require any further information: Elaine Sarson, Editor

March 2015

Mapperley History Project.

Mapperley C of E Primary School is situated on the edge of Shipley Country Park in Mapperley village. Our children come from Mapperley, West Hallam, Ilkeston and surrounding areas.

All potential pupils and families are welcome to visit school.


Headteacher R J Cripps, Mapperley Church of England (VC) Primary School, Lodge Row, Mapperley, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. DE7 6BT. 0115 932 5386


March 2015

Mapperley History

As the Old Black Horse is undergoing a full refurbishment and due to reopen 6pm on 12th March, I thought it would be interesting to provide some history of this landmark.

Our first record for the premises are when we find them To Let in the Derby Mercury dated September 25th 1822.
A commodius dwelling house with garden, stable, outbuildings. Comprising a house place, parlour, kitchen and back kitchens and five lodging rooms over the same.

Also a very convenient malt office adjoining the said dwelling house.

In a complete working state, capable of steeping and drying eight quarters of malt every five days.  Which is situated within half a mile of the Nutbrook Canal.

The above premises were lately in the occupation of the late Thomas Abbott, and his under-tenants.

The offer to let was not taken up so the property was advertised for sale on 20th January 1823.

It is at this time when the pub became a Coaching Inn. Mainly providing rooms for visitors to Shipley Hall, requiring overnight stays. The pub, being the nearest hostelry to the Hall.

For many years a stepping stone stood outside the premises, allowing customers easy entry into their carriage.

For More information click here

March 2015

Mapperley Parish Council Projects

Up-Date February 2015

An apology as it has been sometime since the Council have informed parishioners of the activities being undertaken on their behalf in enhancing the village. The following list indicates projects completed (C) or on-going at present (TBC) since 2013.

Holy Trinity Church Sound System (C)
Adult Fitness Equipment on the Recreation Ground (C)
Holy Trinity Church Footpath Project (C)
Holy Trinity Church Facia & Soffit Replacement (C)
Automated External Defibrillator  (TBC)
New Bus Shelter (TBC)
Public Footpaths Improvements (TBC)
Lamp Post Flower Planters (TBC)
Holy Trinity Church Graveyard Maintenance (TBC)
Also providing funds for the very successful First World War commemorations

Cllr Peter Steiner

April 2015

Mapperley History

Holy Trinity Church, Mapperley, as we know it today replaced the original church built on this site in October 1851. Mr Drury-Lowe of Locko Park gave stone from his Coxbench quarries for its construction. The architect was Thomas D. Barry of Liverpool and local builder Mr T. Brown of West Hallam was given the building contract. Not including architects fees, the total cost of the work was £728. Built originally with Two Bells.

In November 1864 the church was licensed for marriages, a benefit to the residents, who before this date had to travel to Kirk Hallam Parish Church, registered for marriages from Mapperley.  This of course makes it difficult for people today who are researching into their family history and cannot find their relative in the Mapperley church registers. On July 1st 1870 Mapperley finally became a separate Ecclesiastical Parish able to carry out all the services for the village.

During 1886 major restoration work was carried out. This included fitting new hot water apparatus, providing a much improved heating system, re-paving the aisles and moving the existing organ to a chamber in the chancel. A vestry was also formed at the west end of the church. In 1890 five bells were fitted to replace the original two 1851 bells.
During the mid 1950's structural problems started to occur, when members of the congregation and choir witnessed strange "cracking sounds" coming from the building. These were the first of mining subsidence; cracks appeared in the tower and walls. Roof tiles also became dislodged. Before the coal industry was nationalised, coal was not allowed to be extracted from under the church. But Nationalisation changed all this. By 1959 the church finally became unfit for services and demolished. A temporary prefabricated building was provided by the Coal Board situated in the old windmill field.

Parishioners were determined to replace their church, but this would take a further seven years of fundraising and negotiations, before the new church was finally opened. Finally the Right Reverend Geoffrey Francis Allen, Lord Bishop of Derby, carried out the Service of Dedication for the Church of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, 12th April 1966.

For lots more information on Holy Trinity Click Here

June 2015

Mapperley Church Garden Party

At the home of Barbara Tanner, 1 Main Street, Mapperley
Saturday, 4th July 2015 at 2pm
Everyone welcome

August 2015

Mapperley History Project

Granting of a Royal Charter to Mapperley 1267

Royal Charter

August 2015

Holy Trinity, Mapperley

Thank you everyone who came to and helped  at the Mapperley Church Garden Party. The weather was good and we could enjoy Barbara Tanner's lovely garden. To date £710 has been raised. We will report next month as to how it will be spent.

Holy Trinity, Mapperley
Holy Matrimony
We offer our congratulations to:
Laura Angharad James
and Matthew Wilkinson, 11th July

September 2015

Holy Trinity Church Mapperley

We are holding Coffee Mornings on the
first Monday in the month. 8.50 – 11.00
Monday 7th September 2015
Monday 5th October 2015
Monday 2nd November 2015
Monday 7th December 2015
Please come along and enjoy a morning of meeting up

October 2015



There is a vacancy for a Councillor to be co-opted onto the Mapperley Parish Council.

No qualifications are required other than the person must live either in the Parish, or within 3 miles of its boundary.

Please contact the Clerk for further information if you might be interested;

Steve Freeborn (Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer)

November 2015

Notes from Mapperley Parish Council meeting held on 5th October

Concerns were expressed about the speed of cars travelling up and down Mapperley Lane.

We are going to contact the police to discuss measures that can be taken and we are also making enquiries about the erection of an illuminated speed sign.
The new playground equipment is in place.
The new bus shelter has been erected.
Nigel Mills MP has been invited to visit the village to discuss the non-existence of public transport.
A defibrillator will be fitted in the old phone box. We are waiting for advice about the electrics.
We still have a vacancy for a Councillor and a Snow Warden, if you are interested please contact a member of the Council. (Janet Mallett, Alison Quinn, Andrew Quinn, David Morgan or Andrew Morton)
Any thoughts on setting up a community shop?
The remembrance service will be held on Sunday 8th November at the church.
Our next meeting is at 7.15pm on Monday 2nd November, all are welcome.

December 2015

Mapperley Parish Council

The Lodge House Open cast is winding up and the new bus shelter and play equipment paid with money from this project are completed.
The Remembrance Service was discussed and the event on Sunday the 8th November took place at the church with a wreath being laid on behalf of the council.
The question of the lack of public transport was raised again especially as the community bus is now at risk and a petition was in progress throughout Derbyshire with 7,500 signatures needed before this could be further discussed.  A meeting was held with Nigel Mills our Amber Valley MP on Thursday 12th November. A number of residents attended (thank you as it was held at short notice) Mr Mills was left in no doubt about the concerns for the village; he will investigate and contact the bus companies. He was invited to the January meeting and will let us know if he is able to attend. The chair will report back any progress. Thanks to the Black Horse for being so accommodating.
We had a copy of the consultation taking place at County offices re the maintenance funding for town and parish councils, cuts here as well!!!!
The hanging baskets will be restored again next year.

The Christmas lights will be up again this year.

December 2015


Show with David Coleman. Holy Trinity Mapperley
Thursday January 14th  7pm.  Entry £2.50
Refreshments and Raffle.
More information next month

December 2015


A date for your diary.  2nd April 2016 will celebrate the 50 years anniversary of the Induction of Holy Trinity Mapperley, not only for Church of England purposes, but as a dual purpose building for the village.  More information will be shown in next month’s magazine.

Bill Skinner

December 2015


We offer our prayers and sympathy to the family of
Tony Hatfield, age 66. Funeral 3rd November 2015 at Holy Trinity Mapperley


Disclaimer - Copyright - Is this page correct?   Something wrong or missing?   Please let me know.   Also contributions very welcome