Thought you might like to see some photos of Bonsall, showing the old Fountain Inn then and now. This is just one of the pubs that features on the ‘Old Shops and Pubs in Bonsall’ history trail.
There are just 2 places left on the Landscape Photography Course! If you are a resident of Bonsall then you are eligible to come along. Contact Jon to book your place email@example.com
The course will be given by local professional photographers Ian Daisley http://www.iandaisleyphotography.com http://www.highstonegallery.co.uk and Alex Hyde http://alexhyde.photoshelter.com
All you’ll need is a digital SLR or high end compact camera. The emphasis is on a relaxed day with your camera in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Under the guidance of Ian and Alex, professional photographers, you will learn composition techniques, the importance of managing light and various camera controls so that you can make the camera do what you want it to at whatever level you are.
Bonsall covered in a mantle of snow, researching the ‘Historic Routes of Bonsall Trail‘, view of Bonsall from Stepping Lane, this path was rebuilt by German POWs.
Extract from ‘Bonsall – A Village and its History’ published by The Bonsall History Project
“Because it was such a hot summer Evelyn Gration would often leave her newly-born daughter outside in her pram to enjoy the fresh air. The German POWs, who had been separated from ordinary family life for so long, were enamoured of the little girl, and made a fuss of her, in German, of course. One of the POWs however spoke good English and Evelyn and her husband struck up a friendship with him, inviting him to their house for lunch on a number of occasions he was working in Bonsall. Wili Eberweuer had served in the Luftwaffe, and had been shot down over the English Channel. To begin with he had been sent to the United States to work in the cotton fields, but now, in 1947, he found himself in Bonsall.”
On a bright sunny January Sunday a small group of Bonsallites headed out of the frost and sun and into the darker recesses of the Peak District Mining Museum http://www.peakmines.co.uk at Matlock Bath to investigate our mining past. We were treated to a guided tour of the museum but the Temple Mine was closed because of the record amounts of rainfall recently.
Our guide gave us a quirky but interesting take on why our area is so rich in minerals and the various ways people have managed to get them out of the ground. With smaller mines like those on Bonsall Moor it was often a family affair – men down the mine getting the ore, women on top smashing the rock and washing the ore and sometimes the kids on top helping to pump water out or to ventilate the shafts.
As we progressed through the curious and interesting displays of mining history – from the Romans to the modern day – the kids disappeared into the rest of the museum to press buttons, turn handles and discuss the finer points of Toadstone (!).
Getting water out of the mine so you can get at the minerals was a big problem.Here’s one way of dealing with it. A hollow tree with a continuous rope passed through it with attached leather discs working out of a sump (a depression in the base of the mine to collect water). See video below.
It was fun and very informative – giving us a reminder of how very difficult it was for our forbears to make a living from beneath the ground.
Look forward to our next outing – The Black Country Museum on 2nd Feb. See you there – book by calling Karen on 07903 092276.
If you would like to investigate the history of Derbyshire on film, have a look at the website of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). This is the regional film archive covering the East and West Midlands http://www.macearchive.org. You can search over 40,000 film titles. Just enter a search word into the online catalogue. Bonsall History Project will be screening more Derbyshire footage in March, if you find any particular films of interest, contact Kay and she will find out whether we can screen them at the next archive film screening on Saturday 30th March firstname.lastname@example.org