When Duffield was known for its horse fairs

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We hark back to a simpler time in the history of Duffield for this week’s Memory Lane. 
Our main picture shows a peaceful Town Street around 1890 with horse and carts ambling their way along the road. Indeed, Town Street was noted for its fairs for horses and cattle - which took place on the first Thursday after New Year’s Day, and the first of March.

This was a time when the village was dotted with many charming thatched cottages and was known for making silk-hose and gloves on clanking hand looms. It was also home to two stone quarries, three corn mills, three malt houses and nails were made in the forge near the baptist church. All three of this week’s pictures come courtesy of the Bromby Collection and www.picturethepast.org.uk