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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Ironville House
« on: Friday 23 November 18 12:31 GMT (UK)  »
I am currently working on an article for the next village Newsletter on a special, possibly unique local heritage building, (Ironville House).  The second part of the article will relate to some of the people who have lived in the house in the past and their family history.  One person who is contributing has sent me a very old photograph to show how the building sat in the village, at the time their ancestors lived there. Would it be possible for some to work some “magic” on the photograph to make it more clear, possibly adding some colour?  If this is possible it would be really appreciated.  I also attach a graphic to show a little about the history of the house that will feature at the start of the article.

Derbyshire / Restoring "Old Humpy"
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 15:41 GMT (UK)  »

 Great local Derbyshire project detailed on this link. Take a look and cast your votes to support a brilliant local project:…/project/view/4-1555

Derbyshire / Heritage Open Day in Ironville 22nd September
« on: Thursday 20 September 18 14:42 BST (UK)  »
There is a Heritage Event on at Ironville Church this Saturday - 22nd Sep 2018 from 10am to 4pm.  Records – Registers – Photos – Memorabilia - Artefacts – Stalls – Raffle – Tombola - Live Music!......and……  Refreshments (Hot & Cold Food and Drinks) 11.00-3.00 - INCLUDING DISPLAYS BY LOCAL HERITAGE GROUPS, AND OF VILLAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS.

I have been asked to research the history behind a locomotive driven by a relative of a local lady.  The locomotive travelled between two local ironworks both one of which closed in 1965, the line travelling alongside a local road also now also long disappeared.
I am going to use this story as article in the next local newsletter which I edit. (The lady is in the process of writing the story behind the engine driver). The first is of the engine driver with his engine. It would be nice if someone could enhance it and add some colour as the newsletter is in colour.  I have also found a photograph of a train travelling down the line but it is very poor quality.  You can actually see the goods wagons. They are painted M.R. (Midland Railway) so this probably predates 1923 when the M.R was absorbed into the newly formed L.M.S. However, the MR on the wagons does not guarantee the photo to be pre 1923. The repainting of the railway stock, 1000's of locos, station signs, carriages and humble mineral wagons would have taken many years. You can also just make out the steam from the engine towards the right of the photograph. If someone could enhance this photograph, perhaps add some colour in order that the wagons and the steam from the locomotive can be seen more clearly it would be really appreciated, (along with other features).
Many thanks,

I am currently editing and article on the war effort in my village (WW2) for my village newsletter. The author asked if I could improve on the photograph that he gave me to go with the article. As I am not an expert on this I wonder if someone on Rootschat can help me with it.  It might be nice if some colour could be added.
Basically the scenario behind the story to go with the photograph is:  During the War years the ladies of the Women's’ Voluntary Service, (which had been formed by members of the Women's’ Institute, Red Cross and Mothers’ Union) carried out many activities in support of the War effort.
These included washing and repairing clothes for the soldiers stationed locally, who operated search lights and guns.
Many thanks.

Derbyshire / What is the link between this stone beer bottle and Ironville?
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 12:18 GMT (UK)  »
I am working on a local history project and have been struggling to find the history behind a stone bottle that has "Geo. Clayton Ironville" printed on it, I attach a photograph.
The only George Clayton I can find locally was an Ironworks Manager living locally in Codnor Park (next to Ironville) in the 1891 census and in the next door village Jacksdale (Notts) in the 1901 Census. Could this be a link? He is buried in the local church Yard. Or is this a "Red Herring"?
He was listed in the Kelly's trade directory of Derbyshire of 1895 as mineral water manufacturer - also he was a preacher - maybe a lay preacher? He may have traded between 1893 and 1897.
If any one can help me find out more it would be really appreciated.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Christ Church Cemetery, Ironville
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 16:39 BST (UK)  »
I edit the village newsletter. The Church Warden is writing an article for the Parish Church in relation to family history and the church. He asked if I could find a very old picture of the cemetery to go with his piece. I came across the picture below from between 1900 and 1910. Could someone work their magic upon on it to make it clearer, perhaps adding a little colour.  Zoom in on the woman by the graveside.  This was a popular thing they did on postcards at that time, they would 'hide' a figure in the photo to give it a ghostly character, usually a woman or boy. Notice the big knobbly waste embankment?  Truck load after truck load used to empty onto that spoil heap, during the 19th and early 20th century.

World War One / Help with identifying WW1 sodier's parents:
« on: Tuesday 15 March 16 20:58 GMT (UK)  »
I am doing some research into the story behind the Soldiers who are named on our village war memorial (Ironville & Codnor Park). At the moment I am trying to find out more about this soldier:
Lance Corporal 14236
15th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Died Tuesday 1st October 1918.
Buried at Zandvoorde Cemetery, Belgium.
Grave ref. II.B.24.

The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 for Gilbert Tom Bogg   1914-1915
Hounslow 422501-424000 states that his effects should go to Florence Campanelle (see attached file).

I have so far drawn a blank on the 1911 census. if anyone can provide some help with this it would be really appreciated.

Would it be possible for some to remove the "wire" going across this picture of my local church?  If some one could it would be really appreciated.

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