The Houses of the Dronfield Lead Merchants by David Hey


Nowadays it is hard to imagine that Dronfield ever had any connection with the Derbyshire Lead Industry.

It comes as a surprise to most people to hear that the oldest houses in the town and surrounding countryside were built through the profits of this trade.

  • Chapter One – The Derbyshire Lead Trade
  • Chapter Two – The Burtons of Cartledge, Holmesfield and Dronfield
  • Chapter Three – The Emergence of the Rotherhams of Dronfield
  • Chapter Four – Dronfield Hall
  • Chapter Five – John Rotherham II, The Entrepreneur
  • Chapter Six – The End of an Era



David Hey is Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History and an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Sheffield University. He is a trustee of the project to convert the medieval building into a heritage centre.

Published by Books at the Barn an imprint of The Dronfield Heritage Trust. David has donated his rights in this book to the charitable trust so all proceeds go to towards preserving and keeping the Grade II* listed Dronfield Hall Barn open to visitors as a cultural activities, heritage and learning centre.

The Houses of the Dronfield Lead Merchants is a beautifully illustrated book published on quality high silk paper. Photographs from the town archives, Dronfield Parish Church and images of the houses as they are today.

84 pages 210mm x 148mm.

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