Welcome to Spondon Historical Society

Over the years, the Historical Society in Spondon, Derby has amassed a large and fascinating collection of old photographs, documents, maps and other items which, together, tell the story of the village of Spondon and the surrounding area of Derby through the years.

Browse the Spondon History Archives...

Our hope for this website is to turn much of the material in our archive into a permanent, online resource which will be of use and fascination to all those with an interest in the local history of Spondon and Derby. Click here to find out more.

The website also contains information about the historical society itself, details of our regular monthly meetings (which anyone is welcome to attend) and links to some useful resources and websites about Spondon and Derby's local history.

We hope that you find the website useful and may even wish to help us in our quest to bring Spondon's history into the public eye.

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Next SHS Meeting:

Ilkeston Electric Tramway: the first in Derbyshire 1903-1931, by Stephen Flinders

Our Publications:

Spondon Historical Society works with the Village Improvement Committee on a series of local history publications called the Spondon Archive.

There are now 22 titles in the series, which are:

  • Spondon Clubs and Societies 1861-2011
  • The Malt Shovel, Spondon
  • Exploring Spondon: walks through Spondon's history
  • Canoes to Commuters: transport in Spondon through the ages
  • The Parish Church of St Werburgh, Spondon
  • The Methodist Church, Spondon 
  • Spondon School 1662-1839 
  • Spondon School 1839-1964 
  • Spondon Goes to the Pictures
  • My Life in Spondon and other great places
  • Scouting in Spondon
  • Spondon's Power Stations: a century of change and innovation 1917 to 2017
  • Spondon Remembers, the war memorials of Spondon 
  • Church Hill and Potter Street: a history of the heart of Spondon
  • Spondon: A Village Remembered
  • Spondon Hospital 1914-1919
  • Spondon Pubs and Clubs - A Social History
  • The Life and Times of Anne Topham of Spondon 
  • John Stower's Spondon 1895 to 1980
  • The Evolution of Farming in Spondon
  • Guiding in Spondon
  • The Homestead, Spondon

All the books are available in the village from Spondon Pharmacy, and the latest five titles are also available from Simnett Funeral Directors. If you would like us to post a copy of any of the books, either in the UK or abroad, please email [email protected] for further details.

Click here to find out more about the full series »

We also have a walk leaflet on sale locally at  Simnett Funeral Directors and Spondon Pharmacy.

  • A walk round Spondon: an introduction to an Ancient Village £1.50

The walk takes about 1½ hours at a gentle pace.

Can you help?

Spondon's Red Cross Hospital

The document here lists all of those and many names will be familiar around the community. If anybody in your family served at the hospital, we…

Spondon Boys Football Team

Can anyone identify the boys in the team?