MEMORY LANE: What made the news in High Peak 25, 50 and 100 years ago

Another from the Buxton Advertiser archive, this time dating back to 1966. It shows South View Cottages at the corner of South Street and Market Street, immediately before their demolition to create the present car park. BA100566.
Another from the Buxton Advertiser archive, this time dating back to 1966. It shows South View Cottages at the corner of South Street and Market Street, immediately before their demolition to create the present car park. BA100566.

Here’s a look back at the stories making the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago in the Buxton Advertiser & Herald.

25 YEARS AGO: 130 jobs axed at Dorma

Buxton's markets are back in the headlines following the decision to award a five-year licence to Buxton Town Team to operate them on behalf of the borough council. So here's a rather apt photo plucked from the Buxton Advertiser archive and dating back to 1970. It shows when Buxton's market was too large for the Market Place and had an overspill onto South Street car park. BA3049.

Buxton's markets are back in the headlines following the decision to award a five-year licence to Buxton Town Team to operate them on behalf of the borough council. So here's a rather apt photo plucked from the Buxton Advertiser archive and dating back to 1970. It shows when Buxton's market was too large for the Market Place and had an overspill onto South Street car park. BA3049.

Over 130 jobs will be axed at the Dorma factory in Chinley following the surprise decision to close the hemming department. The workers, mostly women, were told in a sudden announcement last Thursday.

The closure leaves just 192 workers at Dorma, mostly in the furnishing department which was itself hit by cutbacks with 24 job losses last May.

The 130-140 workers are serving 90-day notices and the union, the Transport and General Workers, is in consultations with management.

25 YEARS AGO: Boost for water supplies

An emergency scheme to boost Buxton water supplies is expected to eliminate the threat of a hosepipe ban for at least two years.

A new pipeline is now being laid which will feed an extra 440,000 gallons a day to Buxton from Stockport reservoirs run by North West Water company.

Buxton currently uses just over a million gallons a day, so the new pipeline will increase local supplies by nearly 50 per cent.

25 YEARS AGO: record-breaking Buxton

Buxton’s tourists broke all records to make the August bank holiday the town’s busiest ever.

Almost 2,000 people visited Buxton’s tourist information centre on Monday, compared to 1,716 on the same day last year.

50 YEARS AGO: Local ‘Clippie’ retires

Regular passengers on North Western Road Car Company’s Buxton and district buses will be missing a familiar face in future.

For after 25 years’ service with the company as a conductress, Miss Ethel Porter, 61, of London Road, Buxton, has retired. She was the very first woman to be employed in that capacity at the company’s Buxton Depot.

To mark her retirement after a quarter-century as a ‘clippie’, Miss Porter was presented with a rug, a coffee-card table, handbag, umbrella, numerous bunches of flowers - and a ‘Dinkie’ bus.

50 YEARS AGO: Jump in accidents

There was an increase of four fatalities, 52 seriously injured and 47 slightly injured people arising out of road accidents in Derbyshire in July, as compared to the June figures.

The total of people killed and injured was: nine fatalities, 136 seriously hurt, 339 slightly hurt, making a total of 484 compared with 381 in June.

50 YEARS AGO: Rail closure reports

There were reports circulating at the weekend that it is the intention of British Rail to close Hathersage and Grindleford stations as quickly as possible.

People who have played a prominent part in opposing the proposed closure of any Hope Valley stations have been advised that the matter has been discussed at a high level.

100 YEARS AGO: New picture house

The managers of the New Picture House, Spring Gardens, are bent on building up a high reputation as public caterers in the Cinema Class of entertainment.

From 3 to 10.30 every day this comfortable little bijou theatre has been well packed.

The films exhibited during the first three days of this week are high class.

100 YEARS AGO: Books for Soldiers

I wonder what Buxton folk are doing in the matter of sending literature free to our soldiers.

So far I have heard there has been no great response at the Post office to the appeal for reading matter for the men of the Army and Navy.

Yet surely there are thousands of volumes in Buxton which could be done without - cast aside - or stored in out of the way corners.

But let me warn my readers that our soldiers don’t appreciate an old number of Bradshaw’s Guide or anything very theological.

Don’t look up Smith’s Latin Primus or how to ‘Live on sixpence a Day’ when you are making up a parcel literature.

100 YEARS AGO: The Derbyshire Owl

During these early autumn nights, the owl flies silently in the twilight low alongside the hedges of little-used lanes and by-ways.

I saw one of these birds one evening during this weekend near Buxton.

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