Barrow Hill steps back in time to launch heritage trail

The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Coun. Barry and Mrs June Bingham are joined by local school children, local historian, Ann Lucas, Barrow Hill Town Crier and Queen Victoria at the official opening of the Barrow Hill Heritage Trail on Saturday morning.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Coun. Barry and Mrs June Bingham are joined by local school children, local historian, Ann Lucas, Barrow Hill Town Crier and Queen Victoria at the official opening of the Barrow Hill Heritage Trail on Saturday morning.

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Children in period costume welcomed the mayor and mayoress of Chesterfield to launch their village’s heritage trail.

A guest in the guise of Queen Victoria and a villager taking on the role of Town Crier contributed to a day of fun at Barrow Hill.

Children played Victorian games, visitors looked at photographs from the era, members of the Methodist Church’s Painting for Pleasure demonstrated their art and a barrel organ pumped out tunes.

The Barrow Hill Heritage Trail has been developed as part of a First World War centenary project.

Research was carried out by the Friends of St Andrew’s and developed with the help of the pupils of the village primary school. Their work involved finding out about the homes that local casualties lived in, the schools they attended and the places where they worked, played and worshipped.

A trail leaflet has been sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.