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Michael E. Smith

Derbyshire Pubs - A Pint Sized History and Miscellany

Derbyshire Pubs - A Pint Sized History and Miscellany

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This book tells the story of Derbyshire’s pubs, in a lively and informative manner. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating aspect of Derbyshire’s heritage.

Pubs have played a vital role in the history of our nation and have featured in some major events. The plotters of the Glorious Revolution met at a Derbyshire inn and the Pentrich Revolution was planned at the White Horse.

Public houses were used for auctions, inquests, elections and business meetings. Commercial ventures were planned in the local pub and if a business failed it was in a public house that meetings of creditors were held. Pub entertainment has ranged from cock fighting to quizzes; and sport too has always played a part in pub life.

Over the years many pubs have hosted football teams. In recent years music clubs have also found a home there. Pub names also have their stories to tell and many Derbyshire pubs take their name from local personalities.

The county’s industrial heritage is also commemorated in names such as the Silk Mill and the Miners Standard

About the Author

Michael Smith was born and educated in Derby. After commercial experience with a national group of electrical wholesalers he trained to be a teacher at Bishop Lonsdale College. He retired as Vice-Principal of Castle Donington Community College in 2005.

His academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) from the Open University, a Master's degree from Nottingham University and a specialist qualification in local history from the University of Keele.

A successful author, with several previous books on the East Midlands to his credit, he also worked as a lecturer in local history for the WEA and Nottingham University.

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