Spondon History


Over the years, the Historical Society in Spondon, Derby has amassed a large and fascinating collection of old photographs, documents, maps and other items which, together, tell the story of the village of Spondon and the surrounding area of Derby through the years.

Our hope for this website is to turn much of the material in our archive into a permanent, online resource which will be of use and fascination to all those with an interest in the local history of Spondon and Derby. Click here to find out more.

The website also contains information about the historical society itself, details of our regular monthly meetings (which anyone is welcome to attend) and links to some useful resources and websites about Spondon and Derby's local history.

We hope that you find the website useful and may even wish to help us in our quest to bring Spondon's history into the public eye.

Latest Archive Additions:

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Next SHS Meeting:

Monday, 9 March, 2020
The curious world of Olde Time Punishments, by Ian Morgan. . From birching to branding and beheading to burning, the strange and curious world of olde time punishments is something to behold. Listen to stories of ducking stools and witches, the pillory and perjurers and many more. We all know of corporal and capital punishment but how do you punish the dead? And how do you punish a horse and cart or a train? The answers are all here in The Curious world of Olde Time Punishments. Just what is a deodand or a Newcastle cloak and what about the Branks of the Hand of Glory?

Can you help?

Can you can put any names, places or dates to any of our 'mystery' photos in the archive, including:

Gentleman and child

Could be the same boy as in the photo of Marion Barnes dated 1938

See more 'Can You Help?' photos...

Our Publications:

Spondon Historical Society works with the Village Improvement Committee on a series of local history publications called the Spondon Archive.

Our titles so far are:

  • Spondon Clubs and Societies 1861-2011
  • The Malt Shovel, Spondon
  • Exploring Spondon: walks through Spondon's history
  • Canoes to Commuters: transport in Spondon through the ages
  • The Parish Church of St Werburgh, Spondon
  • The Methodist Church, Spondon 
  • Spondon School 1662-1839 
  • Spondon School 1839-1964 
  • Spondon Goes to the Pictures
  • My Life in Spondon and other great places
  • Scouting in Spondon
  • Spondon's Power Stations: a century of change and innovation 1917 to 2017
  • Spondon Remembers, the war memorials of Spondon 
  • Church Hill and Potter Street: a history of the heart of Spondon *New title*

All the books are available in the village from Spondon News and Housley's Chemists, priced at £2.50 and £3.50. If you would like us to post a copy of any of the books, either in the UK or abroad, please email [email protected] for further details.

Click here to find out more about the new series »

We have a walk leaflet on sale locally at Cherry Tree Framers in Moor Street.

  • A walk round Spondon: an introduction to an Ancient Village £1.50

The walk takes about 1½  hours at a gentle pace.