Future Events Diary

Mayfield Heritage Group Meetings – all welcome

Next Meeting:  Mon 6th November 2017  at 3.30 pm      

Church Rooms, Church Lane, Mayfield  DE6 2JR   

Since May we have been holding our monthly meetings at 7.00pm each month due to the lighter nights. As we move into Autumn, in October we will be reverting back to our afternoon start time of 3.30pm each month. 

 The times of the meetings  on the following dates

Monday, November 6th                 3.30 pm
Monday, December 4th                 3.30 pm

For further details contact: sharonamy@lineone.net

     Events for 2017

27th September 2017:  7.00pm  Ben Simpson from Wolfson College Oxford will be presenting ‘Before the bells were hung: Joseph Simpson of Mayfield’.

The event will be held at the Church Rooms in Church Mayfield. 

Entrance £3.00 per person

Ben Simpson is the great-grandson of Joseph Simpson – one of the Simpson Brothers who built Mayfield Mill and converted it into one of the most up to date cotton mills in Britain. The Simpson family built The Terrace, Weirside, Meadowside, Oxmead, Holme Bank and Doveside. They lived at Mayfield House for a short period until Sunnyside and Fieldhead were built as their residences. The Simpson family was very influential and reshaped Mayfield from (c)1860 through to (c)1936

‘Before the bells were hung’ is a reference to three additional bells that were donated and hung in the village church to commemorate the death of Joseph Simpson. There is a plaque in the chancel of the church remembering Joseph Simpson.

Plaque of remembrance for Joseph Simpson who died in 1901


For more information contact: mayfieldheritage@gmail.com 

Past Events in 2016

25th January 2016: 7.00pm   An evening talk on Calwich Abbey with Fran Carlisle incorporating information on Mary Granville Delany.

Portrait of Mary Granville Delany by John Opie 1782
Portrait of Mary Granville Delany by John Opie 1782

This is the second talk by Fran and she will be giving her talk as if she was  Mary Delany from the 18th century. Mary closely associated with Calwich Abbey as her brother built this 18th Century House, however, Mary was important in her own right with her own story to tell.

Review of the event


Monday 14th March 7.00pm – Mr. Pat Smith will talk about the history of Mayfield Mill and The Terrace – 7.00pm

Mills and Terrace talk

The event is to be held at The Church Rooms Mayfield at 7.00pm. There is a small charge of £3.00 per person and this will include refreshments

Read a Review of Pat’s talk

Mon 18th April- Visit Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum, Derby– More details to follow. Contact Fran or Bob Carlisle for more details – meet at 10.00am

RR Jet Engine
Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation Jet Engine. Visit Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum 14/04/16

Read a review of the Roll Royce visit

Mon 2nd May (Bank Holiday)
“ Living in Staffordshire 100 years ago.The Great War in Staffordshire, and how it affected the community.”
By Stafford & Stoke on Trent Archive Service 7.30pm

Sat 25th June – Mayfield Well Dressing

Thur 30th June – Well Dressing Supper

Fri 1st July – Wood Leighton Open Gardens 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Monday 10th Oct – Visit the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory & Shop

images EB 1

Factory tour starts at 11.30am.  Followed by lunch in the café. Tour cost is £2.50 per adult, redeemable against any shop purchase over £12.95.The factory tour is on the ground floor, there are no steps and lasts about 45 minutes. 


Previous Events with reviews 2015

Tuesday 24th November:   1.00pm Visit Smedley Clothing factory at Lea Bridge, Cromford. This is the oldest factory in continuous operation in the world. Her Majesty The Queen visited it last year.

John Smedley Factory © Kayti Peschke Photography

John Smedley Factory               © Kayti Peschke Photography

Smedley Factory Visit

Twenty members of the Mayfield Heritage Group, plus friends, went to the historic Smedley Factory in the Derwent Valley on 24 November 2015 to visit the reputed oldest continuous working factory in the world. The factory was founded in 1784 by Peter Nightingale (a relation of Florence Nightingale) and John Smedley.

Smedley visit
An interesting talk was given by the Smedley’s Archivist

On a cold day, we were given a very warm welcome by the John Smedley team which included a fascinating talk and visual presentation on the history of the Smedley Factory and what the company is now doing to research its history. We were reminded of the importance of the Derwent Valley in promoting the Industrial revolution and the Smedley family’s role not just in developing the factory at Lea but also other investments in the area such as the hydrotherapy hotel, called Smedley’s Hydro, at Matlock (now the home of Derbyshire County Council).

The tour of the factory itself was fascinating seeing the way in which modern and highly specialised knitting machines mechanisation was blended with the individual skills of workers who, for example, were hand working garments to finish off the final quality product. It was emphasised on several occasions during the visit that only perfect products will be sold and this quality philosophy of the Smedley factory was evident on the way we were treated by all staff. Special thanks go to Janette Chorley at Smedley’s for arranging our visit and making us so welcome.

The visit to Smedley was a reminder of the wonderful heritage we have in our local area which in the case of the Derwent Valley is recognised in its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation received in 2001.


mail:  mayfieldheritage@gmail.com

Mayfield Church Rooms,  Church Lane,  Mayfield  DE6 2JR