Mayfield Heritage Group Meetings – all welcome

Next Meeting:  Mon 10th December 2018  at 3.30 pm      

Church Rooms, Church Lane, Mayfield  DE6 2JR   

Mayfield Heritage Presents a Talk on  

Mayfield Vicarage

Its History, Architecture and Occupants

Thursday 20th September 2018,  at 7.00pm, Mayfield Church Rooms

John Robey will give an illustrated talk on Georgian building and some of its interesting vicars, curates and tenants. The talk starts at 7.00pm and entrance is £3.00 per person payable on the door at Mayfield Church Rooms. Entrance includes light refreshments.

It should be a very entertaining and informative evening, we hope to see you there.

For further information email


Future Events & Projects planned for 2018 -2019

We now have our list of new events for the 2018 -2019 and we will be listing the events here soon.  Events and projects that we are currently working on include

  • The launch of an ‘Industrial Mayfield’ leisure walk
  • An illustrated history of the vicars of Church Mayfield
  • An evening of local tales of Mayfield including poaching and other events from the Local Assizes in the 18th and 19th century
  • A village meeting to launch and discuss plans for a new Mayfield Heritage Group publication following on from our books “Memories of Mayfield” and “Mayfield 2000” books

For further information please email


The Old Hall, Middle Mayfield

Restoration Project – Update Summer 2018

There have been some exciting updates on the restoration of Old Hall in Middle Mayfield.

Click on this link to see what’s been happening.

The Old Hall Rear Elevation After Restoration
The Old Hall Rear Elevation Before Restoration

Thomas Moore – The Bard of Erin and his Music

Click here for a video of the Thomas Moore event

Myths, Music and Rebellion

30th June 2018, 2.30 pm 

Following on from last year’s popular Thomas Moore event, Mayfield Heritage Group is taking a Brand New look at the times and career of this famous poet and musician.

Celtic Harp

We will be including the beautiful old Irish music collected by Edward Bunting from the last surviving Celtic harpists that played at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792 into which Tom Moore breathed fresh new life and helped save the tradition.

The event will be narrated and illustrated with some of the best of this music played live showing how it has influenced every generation since. The event is again taking place in the Mayfield home he once loved and where he spent some of the happiest years of his life. We are tremendously fortunate that Tom Moore chose to live in our beautiful village and we believe this is something worth celebrating. So please come along and enjoy an afternoon with

Thomas Moore

us celebrating the music and poems associated with Thomas Moore, Saturday, 30th June 2018 at 2.30 pm. The venue is Moore’s Farm Cottage, Slack Lane, Mayfield Tickets cost £10 each and include summer refreshments. To book your tickets or to get more information please contact Albert Golding on 01335 344668. You can also enquire via email to



Project to record unique doors and windows in Mayfield 

The Heritage Group is embarking on a new project where we will record the doors, windows, gates and the like that are found in Mayfield. This project is inspired by a similar project undertaken in Italy. The aim of this project is to document in an interesting and artful way the unique and vernacular characteristics of Mayfield. To see examples of our current photos please click here If your property has an interesting entrance door, door furniture window, garden gate or the like then we’d love you to send us a photograph for us to include in our website project. They don’t need to be old or historical just interesting and an example of Mayfield’s uniqueness.  Please send copies of your photographs to our email address or if it is a physical photograph please hand a copy to any of the following MHG members

  • Fran Carlisle – 01335 345831
  • Joyce Beeson – 01335 346959
  • Linda Greenwood – 01335 344290

Please indicate where the photo was taken and that you are happy for us to your image or photograph on our website. We are happy to credit and place the copyright on any of the images sent to us.


Photos that will bring back memories.

Picadilly Lane, Upper Mayfield 1965

We have been contacted by a lady in Switzerland called  Verena Buser who stayed with her husband at the Sunnyside Hotel in 1965.  She and her husband took many photos around Mayfield and Ashbourne between 1965 and 1989. She has kindly sent the Group a selection of photographs from those years and we would like to share them with you. Sunnyside Hotel was run by the Hanbury family in 1965 and Verena has fond memories of her time spent there. Her husband was working at the Nestle factory in Ashbourne for a few months. Hopefully, the photos will stir up some great memories you have of Mayfield, Ashbourne and Derby. Please click on the thumbnail below and it will enlarge the selected photo. Let us have feedback or stories that theses photos bring to memory and we will share your stories and comments online.

To see the full set of photos please click here   



cropped-mhg-logo-e1460639581181.jpg The Mayfield Heritage Group ensures that the wealth of historic buildings, stories, and traditions of Mayfield are preserved and celebrated.  We welcome anyone with an interest in Mayfield Heritage to join our monthly meetings, where we discuss the latest projects. We have a growing list of talks and visits that we arrange that are open to members and non-members. Please see the list of events on the right-hand side of this web page or go to Future events diary. To read the reviews of our visits please select Reviews of Talks and visits 

Have you ever wondered what the origins of the name ‘Hanging Bridge’ are? To find out more click on the image below.

Coloured view of Hanging Bridge
A coloured view of Hanging Bridge, Mayfield 


We welcome contributions of articles, photos and memories of Mayfield in the past. If you would like to share your articles, photos or memorabilia then please get in touch.

View from Hanging Bridge in 1860 showing Frank Wright’s corn mill and the mill workers’ cottages below Lichfield House”
View from Hanging Bridge in 1860 showing Frank Wright’s corn mill and the mill workers’ cottages below Lichfield House”


Early Corn Mill and view of Bowmer Bond Mill C1796 – Looking from Hanging Bridge

The Heritage Group visits many places of interest and we particularly enjoy showing our village to visitors: click here for more information.


 Photos of Mayfield in the past