Inaugural Organ Recital – 2nd April 2011

The INAUGURAL RECITAL on the restored  historic Lloyd & Dudgeon Organ (1865) was given by  David Butterworth on Saturday, 2nd April, to around 50 people. The recital was preceded by prayers of re-dedication by Revd Robert Breckles, our Rector.

The choice of pieces was varied to illustrate the versatility of the organ. at 7.30 p.m. It was really enjoyed by those lucky enough to be present. As ever, the ladies had prepared wonderful refreshments for us, washed down with a glass of wine or fruit juice. The fact that so many stayed on afterwards was a testament to a most enjoyable evening!

The  restoration was undertaken by Henry Groves & Son, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the £50,000 grant awarded last year.


From Domesday to Dukedom – a history of the Pierrepont family


The Radcliffe Local History Society has asked me if I would put a note in the Heron about Pam Priestland’s new book, ‘From Domesday to Dukedom and Beyond – The history of the Pierrepont Family’. Having read it avidly since receiving it as a Christmas present and reached page 315 of the 464 pages, I am delighted to do more, and to commend it to all readers who have any interest in their locality or history generally. With remarkable scholarship – the references cover 6 A4 pages – Pam unfolds the story of the remarkable family which has owned Holme Pierrepont Hall from the early 1100s to the present time, and probably had a bigger impact on our County than any other, changing the landscapes of a score of its parishes and influencing its public life. The Pierreponts also impacted national life, especially in the 1600s, when its menfolk were leaders of both Royalist and Parliamentarian armies, and close advisers to Cromwell and both King Charleses! Two were Dukes of Kingston-on-Hull. Others contributed to the arts and sciences. The family also produced remarkable women, such as Lady Mary who introduced inoculation against smallpox into England in the 1720s. There is plenty of ‘human interest’, some gory, some scandalous. But Pam’s book, being so comprehensive, is not always a light read, and there are passages most will want to skip through (while looking at the copious illustrations). Nor, at £25/30 paperback/hardback, is it cheap; but it is excellent value, and will provide your bed-time reading for months. Available from the author on 9332430, or email; .

Robert Breckles.

Holme Pierrepont Hall

464 A4 pages; paperback
More than 370 illustrations, many in colour
Available from
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0115 933 2430

ISBN 978-1-872356-12-9

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A new seat at St Edmund’s

St Edmund’s Church is very proud of its newly acquired seat. Earlier this year, a County Council Initiative offered every Parish Council a seat or a notice board. The Parish Council decided on a seat which would be located in the churchyard at Holme Pierrepont. The new wooden seat is located at the back of the church, with a tranquil view over the churchyard. Here one can sit, reflect or remember.

In the photograph, we see Margaret Left, a bellringer at St Edmund’s and also a resident in Gamston,

A new seat at St Edmund's

giving the seat a trial run!

Heritage Lottery Fund safeguarding St Edmund’s historic memorials

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £50,000 to fund the restoration of five historic memorials, install much-needed storage and display facilities, and  to give the historic organ a full overhaul,


  • Five historic monuments to local worthies have been preserved thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The award of £50,000 has allowed  St Edmund’s,  to complete urgent repairs to five “at risk” churchyard memorials, including three which are Grade II listed, and restore them to their original designs.
  • This work is being followed by the installation of storage and display facilities in church, which will enable the significant mediaeval memorials to the Manvers/Pierrepont family to be seen in their full glory, together with display boards telling the history of the family and the church.
  • Later in the year the organ, will undergo a full overhaul. It was originally built in 1865 by the Nottingham firm of Lloyd & Dudgeon, for the Midlands Trades Exhibition, and later moved to St. Edmund’s. It is generally a fine, well constructed instrument with good tonal qualities. The organ was last overhauled in 1956, and now needs a full restoration to restore it to its potential.
  • Finally, the church’s website will be much improved in layout, appeal and flexibility. As well as giving up-to-date information for congregation and visitors alike, it will contain a specially-written digest of the church’s history, and its many points of interest.

All the work is programmed to be completed by the end of the year.