The Old Dronfield Society was formed in 1968 to promote interest in the history of the town and its neighbourhood.
Aims and Achievements
The Society encourages research and recording of the history of Dronfield and its ancient parish which includes Apperknowle, Little Barlow, Coal Aston, Dronfield Woodhouse, Holmesfield and Unstone.
Regular meetings are planned in conjunction with the Dronfield Heritage Trust management. Speakers are varied, on local topics and the wider spectrum. Suggestions for talks and visits are welcome.
Conservation of surviving buildings and features of the town and area has been a major objective and in association with the Civic Society we monitor any plans for re-development or alterations of old buildings.
Members keep in touch with the activities of the affiliated groups through the website and the Trust’s regularly updated printed programme.
The Society will continue to produce the Miscellany, a magazine of local interest, particularly relating to Dronfield’s past, which will now be published by the Heritage Trust.
The Society’s large collection of photographs and documents is now available online. The Trust is always interested in seeing and copying original material to add to the online archive.
A brief History of Dronfield
Dronfield or ‘Dranefeld’ is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The area has been shaped by its proximity to the river and woodland and later by the industries that took advantage of these natural resources. The lead trade was key factor in the development of the market town and the lead merchants built many of the large houses in the area.