Book reveals paths into past

NRHNBE120519a1 Jacksdale The Portland Pathway project are launching a booklet about local history. Martyn Taylor-Cockayne chairman, Tina moult secretary and Stuart Saint local historian.
NRHNBE120519a1 Jacksdale The Portland Pathway project are launching a booklet about local history. Martyn Taylor-Cockayne chairman, Tina moult secretary and Stuart Saint local historian.

A JACKSDALE history group has published a booklet containing a treasure trove of their research into the area’s industrial past.

The Portland Path is an account of the early 19th Century Nottinghamshire Railway and the collieries it served.

It will be launched at a special event in Jacksdale on June 3.

Martyn Taylor-Cockayne has been chairman of the JACHs (Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage) group since 2000.

He said: “We have been successful in many historical-based projects throughout the village, one of which was the return of our Soldier on the Jacksdale memorial in

2009.

“We have always worked with and alongside many other groups to help achieve goals to make our community a better place to live, work and visit.

“We are currently carrying out a three-year project to record the history of our villages over the last 100 years, which will culminate in 2014 and reflect what we have done with the ‘legacy’ left by those who made the supreme sacrifice during the two world wars of the 20th Century.”

The group’s Portland Path Project is a Heritage Lottery-funded project that has researched an early horse drawn railway that ran from the Codnor Park Ironworks, across the parish of Selston and on to the colliery complex once known as the Portland Pits in Kirkby-in- Ashfield.

The project has found many previously unknown and unrecorded pieces of historical information regarding the development of early railways in the upper Erewash Valley by the Butterley Company, based at Codnor Park and Butterley.

Martyn said: “We are placing way markers and interpretation boards along the former route of this railway, as well as producing a leaflet showing the route with brief explanations.”

The 69-page A4 booklet will be launched on June 3 on Jacksdale Soldier Day at the Jacksdale Miners’ Welfare Club. All proceeds will go back into the Portland Path Project. The group is working to have the slag block embankment structure that formed part of the Portland railway as it passed through Jacksdale made a scheduled monument.