Spondon Archive

VIC logoHistorical Society logoSpondon Archive is a new joint venture between the Village Improvement Committee and Spondon Historical Society. It aims to publish a series of booklets about Spondon past and present. Some will be original material, others will be re-publication of existing documents with an objective of making them available to a wider audience.

There are now 11 books in the series, including the latest "Scouting in Spondon" by Jim Moore and Les Pearson (see below):

  1. "The Malt Shovel, Spondon" by David Hayes
  2. "Spondon Clubs and Societies 1861-2011" edited by Reg Pugh
  3. "Exploring Spondon" by Ruth Hooper and Anita Hayes
  4. "Canoes to Commuters" by Derek Hathaway
  5. "The Parish Church of St Werburgh, Spondon" by Reg Pugh
  6. "The Methodist Church, Spondon" by Christine Cameron
  7. "Spondon School 1662-1839" by Dr E J Kenedy (including a short biography of the author)
  8. "Spondon School 1839-1964" by Dr E J Kenedy
  9. "Spondon Goes to the Pictures" by Anita Hayes and Ruth Hooper
  10. "My life in Spondon and other great places" by Frank Hooley
  11. "Scouting in Spondon" by Jim Moore and Les Pearson

All the books are available in the village from Spondon News, Housley's Chemists and Spondon Hardware. If you would like us to post a copy of any of the books (either in the UK or abroad), please e-mail us for further details or download an order form here.

Suggestions for future booklets are welcome - please e-mail us.

Next book now available

Scouting in Spondon coverThe next book in the Spondon Archive series will be in the the usual shops from Monday 28th November. A history of Scouting in Spondon, it is based on Jim Moore's book of 1970, brought up to date by current Scout Leader, Les Pearson. Scouting in Spondon started in 1908 and, as such, was one of the earliest Scout troops formed. The book not only charts the formation of the various scouting groups but also looks at the various locations used as well as the changes in uniforms through the 20th century.

The book was reviewed in the Derby Telegraph and was the talked about on Radio Derby (click here to download the interview).

Future publications

There are a number of further books in various stages of completion; we hope to publish soon a history of Celanese as well as a more detailed look at Spondon's own power station.

Further in the future, we are hoping to produce a book on Spondon's war memorials in 2018, to mark the centenary of the Great War armistice. We are already working with the Derbyshire War Memorials site, which now has details of the Church, Library and Liberal Club memorials.