On 4th December 1745, the ragged highland army of Bonnie Prince Charlie entered the market town of Derby on their march to London. It was to be the high watermark of the Jacobite Rebellion and what happened in the next two days arguably changed the course of British history forever.
This new book reveals much fresh and unfamiliar material which adds greatly to our understanding of this critical event in 18th Century history. It looks at the reception and behaviour of the rebel army, who briefly outnumbered the citizens of Derby itself. In particular, the author examines in detail the deliberations of the Council of War which decided on the retreat to Scotland, and analyses the acrimonious differences that separated the Prince from his senior officers. Crucially he deals once and for with all the myth of the spy Dudley Bradstreet and his alleged part in the decision, and then goes on to examine the prospects of the rebels if they had decided to march on to London and what might have happened had they reached the Capital. He also examines the reaction of the Hanoverian government and considers the performance of the local militia regiment, the Derbyshire Blues.
In both the text and extensive appendices the author quotes from many vivid contemporary newspaper reports, letters and eyewitness accounts, some previously unpublished. This is a major new work on the Jacobite invasion, and overturns long-held historical assumptions about the decision of the Council of War to abandon the attempt to regain the crown for the Stuarts.
Brian Stone is an author and lecturer well known in the East Midlands for his talks on various aspects of regional and military history. His previous publications include Derbyshire in the Civil War (Scarthin Books) and Millennium Eyewitness (Piatkus Books). He lives near Derby.
When George Stephenson first surveyed the route of the North Midland Railway from Derby to Leeds, he realised that the major engineering challenge was to drive a tunnel beneath Clay Cross, then a tiny hamlet. This book tells how, once opposition had been overcome and the Bill steered through parliament, the engineer, Frederick Swanwick, set hundreds of navvies to work to drive the tunnel; how they shattered the peace of the village with their drinking and fighting, as they faced privation, maiming and death to complete the task. When the work was done and the navvies left, Stephenson and his Clay Cross Company stayed on. Tunnel and Company together transformed Clay Cross from a quiet rural community into a roaring industrial town.
If you have read George Power’s Derbyshire Children at Home, you will meet some of the same cast of characters in this book. You will also meet child pioneers of literacy in Derbyshire, struggling to learn to read and write when most of their parents could not. The boarding school life of the well to do is illustrated with the aid of letters home, while to recreate the atmosphere of the nineteenth century village school, the author quotes freely from the logbooks which Head Teachers were required to keep. You may find your sympathies divided between teaches and the taught, both at Boarding school and Board schools. In both, battles often raged, but we also see acts of kindness by the teachers and even an understanding by some of the pupils of the uphill task their teachers faced. Once again George Power brings our past vividly and humorously to life.
Derbyshire Children at Home 1800-1900 – E.G Power
The Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Derbyshire History – Gladwyn Turbutt
This book is full of Sanderson’s memories of his boyhood and youth, recalled with zest and without regret. The book will have a special appeal for Suttonians; but his descriptions of home & school, games, outings and youthful excitement will match many memories among his own generation, and echo many grandparents’ tales throughout the Midlands.
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