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Research projects

The Society is happy to undertake small research projects on behalf of people who have connections with the town or who have visited and been curious about some aspect of it’s past. The following are brief summaries of enquiries received in the past year.

W H Salt

Who was W H Salt who sold a collection of Romano-British pewter ware to the British Museum in 1927?

William Henry Salt was the eldest son of Micah Salt, who excavated many caves and barrows around Buxton. William continued with his father’s tailoring business at 48 High St. but did not seem to have carried on with excavations after Micah’s death.

William was a founder member of the Buxton Archaeological & Natural History Society.


memorial plaque

What is the origin of this memorial plaque from the First World War?

The central plaque is about 5 inches in diameter, bronze, and was awarded to the next of kin to servicemen killed in the war. Known as the “Dead Man’s Penny” many relatives could not be traced and thus did not receive them. Each has the casualty’s name, in this case William Charles Lowe from Taxal, killed 23rd March 1918, and the inscription “He died for freedom and honour”.

The wooden surround is a later addition.


Joshua Burton

What was the Hawkshead store, Spring Gardens, originally?

The building was erected in 1902 for Joshua Burton as a grocers, confectioners, wine merchants and hardware shop known as Burton’s Stores. It also occupied two adjacent small shops. It was not over successful and slowly contracted to the main building. The business was transferred to Burgons in late 1938 and the building taken over by Timothy, Whites & Taylors.


Bentley Cottages

My mother lived at 3 Bentley Cottages, Harpur Hill in the 1930s but I cannot find it on Google.

Bentley Cottages were a terrace of twelve homes on the side of a lane on the southern edge of Harpur Hill together with a terrace of twenty called Haslin Row. In 1956 the lane was named Haslin Road but after 1970 the Haslin Row cottages were demolished leaving only what had been Bentley Cottages.


Bradwell Villa

My daughter has just purchased a house in Nunsfield Road. It has a stone on the front reading ‘Bradwell Villa 1901’ and the garage behind it may have been stables for horses for a coal merchant.

Jethro Bradwell was a coal carter based in Hogshaw coal yard. Jethro died 1912 aged 70 and his son, Walter, had the house until c.1923 when he moved into Coronation Cottages, next door.
The finial, the main point of interest and one of a pair, came from 48 High St., William Salt’s shop. The other was on Foxlow Lodge until 2016 but has gone with reroofing.


William Barson

My grandfather’s half sister married successively two livery stable operators in Buxton, William Barson (in 1876) and Charles Knowles Sykes (in 1902). Family folk lore has it that Sykes was quite a large- scale operator in Buxton.

William Barson was a coach proprietor but later had the livery stables at the east end of Spring Gardens. He died in 1897 and in 1902 his widow married Charles Sykes, an “Agent for Hargreave’s Dyers”, a travelling salesman. Under Sykes the business became a motor garage but did not prosper. It moved first to behind the Shakespeare Hotel, then Wye St., and was bankrupt in 1933.


The Grange

I’m trying to find the location of The Grange in Buxton. My mother was evacuated to the town during WW2 and I have a number of pictures labelled The Grange. She worked for HM Customs and Excise.

The Grange was a girl’s boarding school in Park Road, operating from about 1900 to 1939 when it closed and became a school for refugee boys from Belgium until 1945. It reopened after the war but lasted only to the summer of 1949. The building was demolished in the 1970s.
The evacuated Customs & Excise took over the Palace Hotel as offices with some 800 staff.


The Croft Nursing Home

I was born in the Croft Nursing home Buxton in 1946. I would like to know if it still exists.

No record of The Croft could be found in local directories or in the Buxton Advertiser and the only likely premises are Croft House, West Road or The Croft, Macclesfield Road. However a search of Electoral Registers showed that The Croft, 12 Macclesfield Road was the correct building and that it closed as a nursing home in c.1951 to become a residential guest house and later flats.


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