Hartington 1933-1955 based on the diaries of John Sherratt and community memories.

This fascinating new book, based on the diaries of villager John Sherratt and other community memories, has been compiled by Richard Gregory of the Hartington History Group and edited by Roly Smith.

Diaries like these are rare because few working-class people kept them and those that were written rarely survive. Social research of ‘ordinary’ people and communities is usually concentrated on urban rather than rural localities.

John Robert Sherratt lived in Hartington Town Quarter parish throughout his life. He was born at Hope View Cottage, the family home on Dig Street, Hartington in 1900 and died there 77 years later. John is buried with his wife Irene in St Giles’ churchyard.

Illustrated by many previously-unseen photographs of Hartington and its inhabitants, John’s brief diary entries are enlivened by separate features on other village personalities, buildings and institutions, to create a unique and valuable record of village life in the middle of the 20lh century.

This publication was supported by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership/Heritage Lottery Fund and Hartington Charities. All proceeds from this publication will benefit Hartington community funds.

Copies of the book are £7.99 plus £1.50 postage. Complete the form below to request your copy.