"RIDDINGS is a chapelry, in the parish of Alfreton, about 3 miles S. from that town. The new line of road from Manchester to Nottingham, and a branch of the Cromford canal, connected with Mansfield by a rail-road passes through this place. In the immediate neighbourhood are extensive iron-works, employing many of the inhabitants, of whom some are also employed in the adjacent mines, forges &c. at Codnor Park."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
Pye Bridge is a hamlet 3 miles south-east from Alfreton which is associated with this village.
Greenhill Lane is a hamlet 2 miles south of Alfreton which is associated with this village.
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Ironville was built in the early to mid 1800's as a "Model Village" (i.e. laid out symmetrically), by the owners of The Butterley Iron Company for their employees. The village lies between Riddings and Codnor Park and is on the Notts border. There were once three bustling canals - Cromford, Erewash and Pinxton, but now sadly all defunct.
A Mechanics Institute was built in the early 1840's, interestingly, before the Church and School. The Mechanics in those days were artisans and craftsmen (not motor vehicle repairers... - Ed), and the Institutes were, we think, for providing for the 'extra curricula' needs of the parish's skilled workers or tradesmen. [Information provided by Janet KIRK]
You can see the administrative areas in which Riddings has been placed at times in the past.
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