We know that the yard was once the town slaughter house with a meat processing area, with a butchers shop on Castle Street. Our Heritage Lottery Project is funding more work in finding out about those who lived and worked at Old Bolsover Yard before we came and turned it into a Craft Courtyard.
It's believed from around 1911 Howard Knighton, who was born in 1884, was a butcher at 2 Castle Street with reference still being made to Howard in the 1939 register.
We'd love to be able to piece together things after 1939. Was he the butcher during the war?
If this means anything to you or you have any memories about H. Knighton Beef & Pork Butcher do let us know.
This advert for S.Davis High-Class Family Butcher appeared in the Church Parish magazine in January 1955 meaning by this time Howard was no longer the resident butcher.
We also know that in 1974 an application was made to the local council to change the use of the building from a butchers to offices.
Thomas Taylor - Historical Ropemaker
If you'd like to join us at Old Bolsover Yard then we do still have one unit available to rent - pop in to Old Bolsover Yard to see the space and find out more or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Makers Markets 2020
If you are a crafter, artisan, maker and are interested in joining us for this or any of the other markets then please get in touch.
Until next week........