Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash

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Contribute to this site

We would like to hear from anyone who has worked at Baines Everett, the railway, any local shops and schools, Fares Factory, GIC, or the health service.

Please contact us with your memories of the First World War and its impact on the people of Borrowash.

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Ockbrook & Borrowash Historical & Archaeological Society

The Ockbrook and Borrowash Historical and Archaeological Society was founded in April, 1986 as the result of a News Letter circulated by one of the local voluntary organisations.

The editor, being short of items, asked me, as a tame journalist, to write some off-beat material and one of the stories was about an historical feature in Borrowash.  This brought in a number of phone calls from residents who wished to know more. In the next edition of the News Letter, I wrote a follow-up which began: “Would anyone be interested in founding an Historical Society?”

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Memory Joggers

People of “a certain age” might remember some or all of these items …

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Borrowash House: The Life of a House

On 5th July 2012, at Derby’s Pride Park football ground; an interesting residence was auctioned by Penney’s at a guide price of £150,000.

The building, familiarly known as Borrowash House is currently owned by Derbyshire County Council and before that, the Catholic Church. It has featured in the property pages of The Derby Telegraph (below as written) and offers a challenging prospect for would-be buyers:

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Heritage Weekend: 13th-14th September, 2014

Unexamined Lives will be contributing to the Ockbrook and Borrowash Moravian and Anglican Churches Weekend.

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Maurice D. G. Scott (1896-1918)

Unexamined Lives would like to hear from any descendants of World War One hero, Maurice D.G. Scott, whose name appears on the Ockbrook War Memorial.

Captain Scott’s WW1 service was extremely distinguished and following an initial spell in the infantry, he transferred to aviation in February 1916. He subsequently served with three different squadrons, both as an aerial observer and a pilot and was credited with 12 official victories during his tenure in the Royal Flying Corps.

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Bloso Fields

One of the contacts through the Society’s website asked about a family living at Bloso Fields in the 1920s.  This prompted some research on this house on Victoria Avenue just north of Deans Drive. The old house is now divided into three homes.

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“Miss Malpas” – Borrowash Junior School 1969 to 1971 – Gill Gower

Borrowash Junior was the first school I taught at after graduating.  I was Miss Malpas in those days. I taught Second Year Juniors.

From September 1969 to July 1970 I taught in the main school building.

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A Brief History of Ockbrook & Borrowash

There is evidence of human activity in Ockbrook as far back as 10000 BC (the Mesolithic) in the form of two bifacial cores of flint. A small greenstone axe head attests to Neolithic activity. There is no direct evidence from the Bronze Age [4].

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Virtual War Memorial

The dead of World War One are commemorated on three War Memorials in the village:.

  • The Ockbrook and Borrowash War Memorial, situated on Victoria Avenue between the two villages, has four faces which list 82 local people (81 men and one woman) who died in World War One.
  • The Memorial inside the Borrowash Methodist Church on Derby Road commemorates 24 people. One of these is not listed on the main Memorial.
  • The Memorial from the now-closed Primitive Methodist chapel in Victoria Avenue is now located in the Derby Road church and commemorates 12 people. Three of these are not listed on the main Memorial.

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