I was interested to read in the March 10 edition of Derbyshire Times that the Wheatsheaf pub in Newbold is to be demolished. I was born in Chesterfield and lived there until our marriage in 1969. When I was a girl there were three pubs in Newbold Village – the Cross Daggers, (next door to which my father was born), the Nags Head and the Wheatsheaf. I know the Cross Daggers was demolished decades ago, and as I haven’t visited Newbold for years, I don’t know if the Nags Head still exists.
The old Wheatsheaf pub was originally built as a school in 1785, (Newbold School) and closed in 1862.
I remember my father telling me that his grandmother went to school there and had to pay three pence per week for slate and chalk etc. On a recent visit to Chesterfield, we were amazed to see how many buildings have closed or changed hands, including schools, over the past 40 years.
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