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Images of Tibshelf past
This page is still being developed. More photographs will be added as they become available.
The following photos show Tibshelf as it was prior to Second World War and indeed earlier. Photographs of the village as it now, and which will be posted on the site later will show how much, or how little Tibshelf has changed. Click on 21C in text box to see the same view today.
Tibshelf street names which have now disappeared, plus significant events in Tibshelf's recent history.
Now part of High Street between Vicar Lane and Hardwick Street. Disappeared in the 1960s as a result of some umimaginative standardisation of street names by Blackwell RDC. Named after the Isle of Staffa in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, by the man who invested in the erection of the shops along Staffa Street between Vicar Lane and Hardwick Street, because he was so impressed with the island. The same gentleman had connections with the Seeley family who owned the "Bottom Pit". The name lives on in Staffa Drive at the "Bottom End"
Small row of terrace houses of which now only one remains. The site is now Dennis Rye Ltd's. builders yard.
A picturesque and evocative name which belies its location in the bottom pit yard. A small group of miners' houses built around 150 years ago but long since demolished, being unfit for modern habitation.
ST. THOMAS' ROW
Two long rows of artisans' houses built to accommodate the miners who worked at Tibshelf "Botom Pit". As with the houses on Primrose Terrace, which were similar in style, they were condemned and demolished in the late 1960s. They (St. Thomas' Row) formed part of a small but distinct community with its own pub, (Tibshelf and Newton Miners' Welfare), Church (The Mission, now the HQ of the Scouts and Guides), Alfreton Road Chapel, (long demolished and now a car park adjacent to the school), a grocery & general provisions shop (A branch of the the Tibshelf Co-op), and a fish and chip shop (Ada Ford's, who made lovely greasy, and overflowing with chlorestrol, traditional fish and chips). The Parish Sports Ground was also part of this thriving and unique community. Named after a major landowner in Tibshelf, St. Thomas' Hospital, the name lives on in St. Thomas' Close.
A row of terraced houses overlooking the then Mansfield Road (now High Street), and demolished in the 1970s. The Staffa Health Centre now ocupies the site. Ther northern end was an off-licence, the propietor being a stalwart of Chesterfield FC, the centre half (somewhere between mid-field and the back three, four or five) in the 1950s, and later, a scout for Burnley FC.
A small row of terraced houses on Doe Hill Lane near the junction with Peewit (Pyewye) Lane, (also known as Nethermoor Lane). Demolished in the 1960s because they were considered unfit fior human habitation. The garage opposite (now Maun Motors) was known as Fox Park Garage, selling Esso Petrol, and later Jet.
THE CHICKEN RUN
Now part of the Five Pits Trail, the Chicken Run was a narrow footpath which ran from the Station Yard, parallel to the former railway, to Sunny Bank, opposite Elm Tree Row. The route is more or less that which is that followed by the Five Pits Trail.
Adjacent to the the former chemist shop (now a travel agent's office), and named after the farmer who lived in the adjoining farm to the north east. The site is now ocupied by a detached house which erected in the early 1950s.
Row of terraced cottages behind the Crown Hotel, and demoloished in the 1930s
That area around the White Hart, and including the old cottages opposite. Exact boundaries not known.
A man made topographiclal feature between Staffa Drive and the Five Pit's Trail. Created as a result of tipping during the construcion of the Great Central Railway in the late 19th Cebturty. The form of the tipping was descriptive of a giant's bum. It is now largely overgrown and its original form is much less discerinble
Not a tornado, but a whirlwind which wreaked havoc at the "Top End" from Chesterfield Road to Hardwick Street, and Brooke Street. The name was immortalised in Tibshelf's own successful marching band of the 1980s.......The Tibshelf Tornados. More information on the whirlwind will be included in the future.
THE FLOWER SHOW
A major event in Tibshelf which took place in early August every year at the Parish Sports Ground. Apart from the horticultural displays, and competitions for baking, animal breeding etc., the afternoon was taken up by an athletic event including runniing, cycling, tug-of-war etc. In the days before professional athletics, all prizes were in the form of goods which were displayed in the windows of the Tibshelf Equitable Co-operative Society Limited on High Street, or Staffa Street as it was known then. A page on Tibshelf's Flower Show w ill be included in the future.
THE WOODYARD FIRE
The Bottom Pit Yard was the repository of timber baulks which were used as pit props in the local mines. It was known locally as the Wood Yard. One day it caught fire.........!!!!!!! Its location was just beyond the reservoirs which are now the fishing ponds.
LANE END FARM FIRE
Two major fires within a short space of time. Lane End Farm is located near the junction of Chesterfield Road and High Street. Lane End Farm was noted internationally for its pig breeding. Unfortunately, the fire caused irredeamable loss to the concern.
Chrysanthemum growers of world wide fame. The location of the nurseries was where St. Thomas' Close is now. They later moved to where Newton Road Stables are now, but by then it was too late. A sad loss to Tibshelf's heritage.
Before comprehensive education, pupils in Tibshelf who were successful in the 11 Plus went to Tupton Hall Grammar School. Those who were successful in the 13 Plus went to William Rhodes School, or Violet Markham's, both in Chesterfield. There are many instances of Tibshelf pupils who went on to greater things after failing the 11 Plus. Tibshelf School continues to be a beacon of local education.
Tibsshelf Co-op was once known as the Tibshelf Equitable Co-operative Society Limited. It had branches not only at St. Thomas' Row, but also at Newton (near the War Memorial), Morton (opposite the Live and Let Live pub), and New Higham (near the cross roads on the A61). The Co-op boasted a butchers'. a drapery store, a general grocer's and provisions store, plus, in earlier times a bakery, cobblers, and many other outlets which you would expect from a major retail provider. Tibshelf Co-op was there before ASDA. A later branch, West View, was opened on Derwent Drive in the 1950s, which is now known affectionately as the Paki Shop for obvious reasons, and still thrives as a local retail outlet. Tibshelf Co-op was taken over by Mansfield Co-operative Societ Limited, and then by The Greater Nottingham Co-op. It has now lost all its branches and is just a local Late Shop.
Once a major retail outlet in the village. Croft Brothers' was located on the open area of land opposite J&S News. Croft's were not only the local chemists', they were also a significant provisions merchants, rivalled only by the Co-op, and a provider to local agriculture. Croft Bros. had the first telephone number on the Tibshelf Exchange, Tibshelf 1, and this is still reflected in the telephone number of Croft's the Chemist at Waverley Street (872201) having gone through several metamophoses instigated by changes in the telephone numbering system.
Prior to re-location at Tibshelf Health Centre, near the Church, and now the site of Enable, there were two doctors' surgeries. The "Top End" was served by Doctor Hurst, and later by Doctor Hunt, at Heathfield, on High Street, opposite Staffa Health Centre, and by Doctor Graham, whose surgery was in the building occupied, until recently, by Derbyshire Drapes. It subsequently became a Dental Surgery, relocated from Hill Brow on Alfreton Road, when it was known as Hesketh's Dental Surgery, inspiring much fear into the inhabitants of Tibshelf. I should point out that this fear was not caused by the practice itself, but by the fear which the populace in general had in respect of having ones' teeth pulled. "Fairy Scent" did nothing to allay the author's fears.
Tibshelf once boasted three railway stations. The main station was Tibshelf Town, in the middle of the village, and accessed via Station Road at the side of the Wheatsheaf Public House. The line was built in the late 19th century by the Great Cental Railway Company, later to become part of the LNER. Lord Beeching sounded the death knell in the 1960s, all traffic ceasing in 1967. Doe Hill Station, although nearer Morton, is still in Tibshlf Parish, survived a little longer, and is located on the Midland Llne between Chesterfield and Nottingham. The line became part of the LMS. The third station, which closed to passenger trafiic in the 1930s, is now the location of Smith's Scrap Yard on Newton Road. The old station booking office is still there. The line itself remained open as a goods line serving the North Nottinghamshire Collieries at Silver Hill, Butchers' Wood, and beyond, providing an outlet to the main line at Westhouses well into the 1980s. This line was also part of the Midland line.
THE HILLY FIELDS
Depending on whether you were a "Top Ender", or a "Bottom Ender", the Hilly Fields were either down Westwood Lane, or the fields beyond Harrisons Lane. Thre streams once provided endless hours of pleasure for teh local childrren wither "fishing" for minnows, sticklebacks and bullheads, or tadpoles. Althernatively, you could build a "dam" with grass sods and create a small pond. Yes it was safe for kids of any age to go down the Hillies without adult supervision.
We are hoping to form a Tibshelf Historical Society, the aim of which will be to further the knowledge of Tibshelf's past and that of the immediate locality, to preserve the remaning historical fabric, and to encourage the restoration of lost areas of Tibshelf wherever it is practical and possible to do so. If you would be interested in helping in the formation of the Tibshelf Historical Society, please contact Mike Coupe on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01773 872780