ALFRETON: U3A members learn about Carnfield Hall in 1800s

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Norman Taylor of Pinxton & South Normanton Local History Society stepped in at short notice when the promised speaker was unable to attend. The talk, entitled ‘Hall and its People’, was about Carnfield Hall in the time of the Radford Family, who lived there from 1835 until 1911.

Miss Radford, enterprising daughter of the family, had, in the 1860s, taken photographs of Carnfield Hall and its surroundings, the family, and noteworthy visitors. There is one photograph of amateur theatricals of 1867 – a farce was performed – and others of croquet on the lawns. Of special interest, as it is so early, is a view of the newly built Alfreton Railway Station. Miss Radford took her camera and equipment on holiday with her, and there are views of Filey, the Lake District, and other popular destinations. What was particularly evident from the photographs was the cumbersome dress of the ladies in the 1860s and how the day had to be filled with pastimes when women of the middle and upper classes were not permitted to work.

Leaders of interest groups gave details of recent and proposed meetings and visits. The gardening group had visited Hollybeck Nursery and heard a useful talk on autumn planting. Further visits with talks are planned. The reading group is meeting regularly at Alfreton Library.

The next main meeting is on Thursday, October 10, at 2pm at Christ the King Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Alfreton. New and prospective members are always welcome to join members on the second Thursday in the month. Contact the membership secretary on 01773 602147 for more information.