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Land Enclosure
From Saxon times the arable land of a manor was usually split into three fields, one of which was allowed to lie fallow in turn. Free tenants each had a strip in both of the other two for their crops: Winter Corn; and Spring Corn or Peas. Each strip...
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Wind turbines in Spondon: the return of the windmill
 The new wind turbines that have been erected by Severn-Trent at their treatment works in Spondon are not the first wind powered structures in the village.A mill is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. Part of the entry for Spondon reads:-“...
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Burton Lazars
The Order of St Lazarus was founded at Jerusalem about 1130, and a hospice was set up outside the city gates.  Its purpose was to look after lepers; not all lepers: just the Knights who had caught the disease during the Crusades.  The...
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Bob Mee's Memories of Spondon House School
Bob Mee’s memories of Spondon House School I left in 1954 and I still remember to this day I was in Class 4S which was the top class with Mr Davies. On my last day he walked into the classroom and said that the headmaster Mr Walton wanted to see...
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Ranby
Guy Brighouse wrote:The changing face of derbyApril 9th 1980Mr and Mrs Ranby started their business (now Debenhams) in one of the small shops in the top picture.  In he 1890’s they came to Spondon, to the house which is now the “Crown Club” on...
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Holbrook
Guy Brighouse wrote in 1987:John Holbrook, in his will of 1889, left £200 each to his nephews Henry, John, William, Peter, sons of his late brother, also Townend Cottage (pictured below) (Sawpit Lane/ West Road) to Emma Elson and M.A. Elson and to...
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Sims
Spondon Will.Benjamin, Alice, Rosa and Mirabel Sims, were the children of Mrs Alice Sims of Springfield farm (1899).  Mrs Alice Sims was a Miss Meakin, the Meakins had been farmers in Spondon since before the enclosure Act (1780/90).  Ben...
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Stone
Stone – death announcementHollybrook was on the corner of Moor End until that road was widened in 1962.  He was a retired farmer, he farmed Burrowood, off Dale Road house now demolished.Burrowood manor bought by Fitzherbert’s family during...
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Marl Pit Close
Guy Brighouse wrote in 1987: The Marl from the Pit was used in local brickyards.  I remember Mr Edward (Neddy) Wheatley telling me he remembered it being worked.  He died in early 1930s aged 82.He also told of the Whitsuntide Village walks...
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Marriage of Mr T Shaw and Miss Sinfoil
Marriage of Mr. T. Shaw and Miss Sinfoil.A pretty wedding took place on Tuesday in the Parish Church, Spondon, the bride being Miss Mary Sinfoil, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sinfoil, of "Charnwood" Spondon, and the bridegroom Mr. T. Shaw...
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Willowcroft Road
The Celanese factory was built towards the end of the 1st World War.  It was essential that new housing was built for its workers.  The Co-op built houses on Derby Road and Merchant Avenue.  Celanese also built houses for its staff....
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Spondon Aflame 1990
In 1990 we commemmorated the burning of Spondon in 1340 with "Spondon Aflame".  It involved the whole village.  First there was a naming and a logo competition, this logo then being used by the Post Office for first day covers.  There...
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