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Clowne’s past is uncovered

Annual history day at Clowne.  Pictured is Worksop Archaeological and Local Historical Society member Richard Allsopp  (w120929-2a)

Annual history day at Clowne. Pictured is Worksop Archaeological and Local Historical Society member Richard Allsopp (w120929-2a)

MEMORABILIA from Clowne’s past was on show at the annual Derbyshire Local History Day on Saturday.

The popular event, which boasted war time keepsakes and pictures from yesteryear among other collectables, attracted crowds from the village and nearby communities throughout the day.

Clowne Local History Society chairman Alan Bailey said it was an enjoyable day at the Salvation Army Hall, on Church Street.

“We had a really good turnout, which is always nice to see,” said the Clowne parish councillor, 55, from Hickinwood Lane.

“Clowne has such a rich industrial history, all through the years it has been a farming village. The railways then came and Clowne had two railway stations.”

“We had a colliery, the Southgate Colliery, which dated from 1878 to 1929. It’s important to know your roots and it’s such a shame there is nothing for the younger generation anymore.”

And although shops like Tesco and Wilkinsons have replaced the railway stations and the colliery over the years, the former miner, who spent 16 years at Creswell Colliery before moving to Harworth Colliery, said there remains a strong interest in local history.

“We’ve been going 10 years now and people still come up to me asking about Clowne’s past,” he added.

“Clowne was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The church in Clowne was built in the 11-hundreds. We’ve so much going on and we’re always finding out more.”

Next year’s history day will be held in Bolsover.

 
 
 

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