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 12 books in the series, including the latest Spondon's Power Stations: A century of change and innovation 1917-2017" by Peter Heath and Alan Hunt (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
  12. "Spondon's Power Stations: A century of change and innovation 1917-2017" by Peter Heath and Alan Hunt
  13. To be published in November: "Spondon Remembers"; the war memorials in the village (see below)

All the books are available in the village from Spondon News and Housley's Chemists. 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.

Spondon Remembers

Scheduled for publication in November, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, this book will be available for public sale in the Village Hall at the Methodist Christmas Fair (Saturday 17 November) and Spondon Alight (Saturday 24 November). It describes the existing - and "lost" - memorials of Spondon, with  a complete list of individuals and some of the families named there .

Some of the research that could not be put in the book has been used in the excellent website, Derbyshire War Memorials. Unfortunately, this website is in the process of relocating to here.

As part of the Remembrance Day weekend, there will be a showing of "No Man's Land", a film by John Psathas.  This is a unique  musical work of many styles - a reflection on the power of music and the horror of war. Filmed in France, Belgium, Poland, India and New Zealand it features over 150 musicians from 20 countries (as shown on the left). as well as archive stills.

It will be shown in the Methodist Hall on Saturday 10th November, starting at 4pm, lasting about 80 minutes; refreshments will be available afterwards. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be collected for the Spondon branch of the Royal British Legion. This will be the first opportunity to buy the new book.

An extract of the film can be viewed here.


Latest book now available

The next book in the Spondon Archive series is now available. 

For 100 years a series of four power stations sat on the plain below Spondon village. They provided the energy which allowed British Celanese to run its profitable industrial base here in Derby. The site was ideally situated next to the River Derwent with rail and road links to coal sources, which provided the essentials for power generation. This provided work for thousands of people over many years.

The great buildings are gone; power sources are changing and employment moves on.

Spondon Archive is pleased to publish this book, which we feel goes beyond the bounds of local history and is of interest to anyone who cares about our industrial heritage.

Future publications

There are a number of further books in various stages of completion; we are aiming 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.