Derbyshire book author is to appear in Belper

AUTHOR Richard Stone is to talk about his new book to members of Belper Historical Society.

Mr Stone has penned Buildings in Derbyshire A Guide, which features many items on Belper, including its historic mills created by Jedediah Strutt.

Mr Stone will be guest speaker at the historical society meeting on Wednesday, October 5, at St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts in the town. The event starts at 7pm and members of the public have been invited to go along to what, the group says will be an interesting talk. It is free to get in.

The meeting will include the group’s annual meeting, but that will last no more than about 30 minutes.

The society has 40 members and stages regular meetings, said chairman Pat Marjoram. It holds them on the first Wednesday of the month starting at 7.30pm in the centre.

Also on the last Saturday of the month it holds gatherings so the public can go along and talk to members about any queries they have on Belper’s history, she said.

These sessions are held from 9.30am to noon. Mr Stone’s book is available from Amberley Publishing.

Mr Stone charts the rise of building in the county, including recounting their historical significance and how they have helped shape Derbyshire.

He also pays homage to new buildings, including Derby’s imposing Quad arts centre.

The book sets out the main phases and styles of English architecture in chronological order and asks what they tell us about society.

The book is out now in paperback, costing £16.99 and is available from book shops or from Amberley Publishing by email at