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Philip Heath also guided a walk from Melbourne Parish Church 9 September: "Churches, Chapels and Cemeteries".On 1st August 2015 we launched a new book by Adrian Earp and members of the Melbourne Historical Research Group, entitled 'In Memoriam - Commemorating the Men of Melbourne who died in The Great War'.Apart from these landmark sales, there were also particulars of smaller sales from the 17th century onwards. A History of the Melbourne Clearance Areas", containing approximately 61,000 words, pictures, maps in colour and interview quotations, was launched over the weekend of 26 & 27 July 2008 and is now available at 23.50 (buyer collect or delivery within Melbourne, Derbyshire, England) or 27 including postage and packing to other destinations in the UK. Roy Dunnicliffe of the MHRG has arranged production of a CD of 1882 Ordnance Survey 25-inch First Edition Maps of Melbourne in the County of Derbyshire.The maps were drawn to a scale of 1 to 2500 or 25.344 inches to the mile. The area covered includes: Ingleby, Stanton by Bridge, Weston upon Trent, Kings Mills, Melbourne, Kings Newton, Wilson, Calke, Breedon on the Hill and part of Ticknall.Thomas Cook birthplace site - A bronze plaque on a granite stone plinth for the site on Quick Close, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8GH was unveiled by Kate Adie OBE on 08 September 2007.A small marquee housed a display about Thomas Cook and the Melbourne that formed his character.The event was part of the Civic Trust's 2007 Heritage Open Days.
Donations amounting to 225 for cake, kindly provided by Penny Heath, refreshments, and interest in the exhibition material, were collected on this occasion for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 2012's very popular SHOPS AND SHOPPING IN MELBOURNE exhibition was expanded to include TRADES AND PROFESSIONS, including: Blacksmiths, Surgeons, Wheelwrights, Framework Knitters, Shoemakers, Nixon Knowles Timberyard, Quarries, Brickyards such as Woodhouses, Moira Street, Kings Newton, The Common, Wilson Rise - Bartons, John Harpur-Crewe (THC) and IHC.
Cook instead spent his retirement in Leicester, where he named his house "Thorncroft" - a deliberate play on the name Quick Close where he was born. To mark the bicentenary, the Melbourne Historical Research Group arranged two special events on Cook's birthday: - At 2pm, Chairman Philip Heath hosted a guided walk exploring Melbourne in the time of Thomas Cook, beginning at Cook's birthplace memorial on Quick Close (grid ref: SK384253).
- At 7.30pm, Vice Chairman Richard Heath presented an illustrated talk on "The Life and Times of Thomas Cook" in the Baptist Chapel, Chapel Street (grid ref: SK386255 ).
The 200th anniversary of the National Schools Society being in 2011, we took a look at Eduction in Melbourne from its earliest mentions in the 16th century up to the closure of the Secondary School in 1977.
'Modern day' nostalgia included the Cabbage & Custard Lady and Miss Mars Bar. This exhibition featured the 1811 sale by Earl Moira of Donington Hall and the sale of part of the Melbourne Estate in 1919.