Historical copies of the Derbyshire Times found ahead of paper’s 160th birthday

Richard Martin and Helen Frear with the 1901 edition of the Derbyshire Times on the death of Queen Victoria.

Richard Martin and Helen Frear with the 1901 edition of the Derbyshire Times on the death of Queen Victoria.


A haul of DT history has been uncovered as the paper prepares to mark a milestone.

Readers Helen Frear and her brother Richard Martin were amazed to find several ancient copies of the paper during a recent clear-out at their late mother’s house in Wingerworth.

One of the copies dates back to Saturday, January 26, 1901 and reports on the death of Queen Victoria.

Helen, of Hasland, explained: “After my mum Joyce passed away, we went to clear out her house and came across these old DTs in a desk drawer – it looks like they have been passed down through the generations.

“It was really interesting to read them.”

The discovery comes as the DT – one of the country’s biggest-selling weekly papers – celebrates its 160th birthday.

To mark the occasion, we are holding a celebratory event at the exhibition space in Chesterfield Market Hall on Friday from midday to 2pm.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the DT and it is also a perfect chance to tell us about any stories you may have.

We are also keen to hear your memories and see your photos of times gone-by in Chesterfield and the rest of the county.

On our Facebook page, readers have been sharing their memories of the DT.

Amanda Walker said: “I won a car on the Richard and Judy show and was on the front page many years ago.”

Margaret Simms said: “From being really young I remember children’s competitions then as I got older the prize crossword was the thing.

“My husband, uncle, brother and I all won it on various occasions.”

Sarah Smith said: “I was pictured in it dressed as a tomato with a colleague dressed as a banana while working on Ayres fruit and veg stall to raise money for Children in Need about 20 years ago.”

Vivien Miller added: “I remember many years ago when the DT was a broadsheet.

“I always had to lay it out on the floor to read it and by the time I had finished it the black ink had come off on my hands, knees and arms. I ended up needing a bath!”

• Turn to page 70 of this week’s paper for special coverage of our 160th birthday – and email your DT memories to comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.




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