A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

Nostalgic memories of Buxton's local history

Share your own memories of Buxton and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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My maternal grandma worked at '10 Spring Gardens' where concoctions of all sorts were created There was a large staff and the establishment was run by 2 maiden ladies. In Later years my mother did the same throughout my childhood and beyond, being in great demand for wedding cakes and celebration cakes e.g. special birthdays From September on each year till mid January our small kitchen was a hive of ...see more

My father was the MD of the company who demolished the Hotel in the 60's we lived in Buxton during that time.

Added 15 December 2014
I'm trying to find people with memories or family stories of Punch and Judy performances in Buxton, Henry Bailey (a performer) or his family, Elizabeth Figg, or son Harry Russell. They lived in Bennett Sreet from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Henry and Harry feature in what is believed to be the first ever film of a Punch and Judy performance (recorded in 1901). If anyone has any great ...see more

Cavendish Grammar had their speech day there one year. Wells Dressing events were held there too. Tea dances. Satrurday night dances. During the war years and afterwards the Pavillion Gardens Concert Hall was tops for getting in the big bands. Dancing to the tune of the big bands what a wonderful memory. To name a few: Ivy Benson and her all girls band. Joe Loss. The Squadronaires. Oscar Rabin. Johnny ...see more

The best thing about Peak Dale is that my nanny lives in Peak Dale. xxx

William Smith owned several Bath Chairs to convey invalids around Buxton.

My great grandfather was James Simoson Blair. He lived at Moorcroft in Buxton up to 1927. When he died he was quite a prominent figure and was captain of the golf club, and a trophey is presented each year even now in memory of him. Does anyone know or have information on him or the family? Thanks.

On Tuesday afternoon we could go with the class at school to listen to the orchestra playing there for the sum of one penny. I think the conductor was Maurice Miles.

I remember my mother telling me that my grandad used to work there, also my uncle.

I was baptised in this church in 1927.