Bonsall - A Village and its History. The Bonsall History Project, 2006.
Chapters are on:
Geology of the Bonsall Area;
Archaeology, Prehistory and Early History of Bonsall and its Region;
A Thousand Years of Growth;
Bonsall at School;
Bonsall at Prayer;
Roads and Transport;
Architecture and Building;
Lead mining, fluorspar and opencast mining;
Other Extractive Industries;
Working with Renewable Materials;
Food and Drink;
Bonsall at War;
Bonsall at Play;
The Bonsall Factor; Index of family names.
This is by far the best of the many village histories I've read. The lists of family names in Chapter 3 - 'A Thousand Years of Growth' are a real treat for any Family Historian, but the accompanying analyses really bring the past to life in a way that no simple lists can. For instance, I was made aware that the 17th century Inventories - the accounts of goods owned by the deceased, which we are so familiar with from our own research - were of real people, and I could well imagine walking into the shop belonging to the ABELL family in the 17th century, and seeing some of the Inventory goods for sale. A bargain for £10 + post and package, but please see the Bonsall History Project website for how to order.
Bonsall - A Portrait of a Village and its Church. The Bonsall History Project, 2000.
"BONSALL is a parish, containing a village which was once a market town, and the market cross, consisting of a pillar, bearing the date of 1687, resting on a base formed by an ascent of fifteen steps, still remains. The houses which form the village are scattered over a considerable plot of ground, the centre of which is between three and four miles N.W. from Wirksworth, and about one mile and a half from Cromford; the approach to it from the latter place being by the Via Gellia, a singularly romantic ravine."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
Upper Town and Slaley are hamlets in the parish.
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