Having stood my Fuggle Bunny take-outs safely in the Aygo, ensuring they’d spill and leave it smelling of Russian Stout this morning, I took a short walk east.

Ooh, a bridge.

Look, a little country park.

Wow, I’m in Killamarsh aka Chinewoldmaresc, which sounds like a movie theatre chain.

In vain I checked my South Yorkshire GBG list to see if I’d been here before; it certainly felt a big enough town to have graced the Guide.

Suddenly, everything turned black and white;

I checked Wikipedia for facts on Kellamarsh, and nearly fainted.

Killamarsh is a town and civil parish in North East Derbyshire, famed only as the birthplace of Nicky Weaver

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Derbyshire. As in that place where the police actually enforce the Covid rules.

Yes, I’d stumbled over the county line. In the Netflix series I’m up to Series 3 on, crossing the border will get you beheaded or worse; cross from Yorkshire into Deryshire and expect a Daily Mail appearance (been there, done that).

I composed myself, realised the police were on the other side of the A61, and admired the Steelmelters.

Another classic visited by Sheffield Hatter, who had enough time to snap it in 2014 but somehow spurned its keg charms. And those of the Midland.

I heard a police siren. Had they been tracing my movements ? I raced back to the dashed line separating the two counties, and made my escape.


      1. I don’t follow such things closely but think Pubmaster had developed from Camerons and took on most of the Allied Breweries pubs near me before becoming Punch.

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      2. Punch, from the ancient word for five, as in “a bunch of fives’ and related to Punjab, meaning “five rivers”…whilst it is easy enough to “jab” there is, however, no recorded use of its negative – to “unjab”.

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    1. Aye, here’s me thinking that capitalism might actually be financed by capital rather than by debt…

      That said, I’ve been in some good Punch-owned pubs – probably in spite of rather than because of the ownership, one wonders.

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  1. What is meant by “Pre-Norman?” Duke William and his band of brigands spoke French, didn’t they? “Killamarsh” doesn’t sound very French, any more than “Chinewoldmaresc” looks like Old English, Norse or indeed Ancient Briton.

    Confused or what?

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    1. Yes, Wiki says that that’s the Domesday book entry which would have been 1086, so it looks like the Normans were happy with that name. Whether it was called anything like that pre-1066 it doesn’t say, although maresc is close to modern French “marais”, a marsh, so my money’s on a slightly erroneous sign. Perhaps the Normans translated it?

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      1. Etu,
        I first used the Coach and Horses in 1973 but can’t remember Norman.
        I’ve been in quite a few times since 2006 but somehow always missed licensee Alastair Choat who I knew from him previously having the Hogshead in stafford.

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      2. i thought she drank Landlord in the Holly Bush, Hampstead not Dog and Duck, Bateman Street, but maybe it was both.
        I always liked the half pints of olives in the Dog and Duck.

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  2. Interesting facts about Killamarsh
    Resident Fred Greaves was the first person in Derbyshire during World War One to be awarded a Victoria Cross and was born in Killamarsh in 1890.
    Some well known footballers from Killamarsh are Nicky Weaver who is a goalkeeper, having had a career with Mansfield Town, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic. Richard Hinds whom had a career with Tranmere Rovers, Hull City, Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday. Lee Askham who played for Chesterfield F.C. Millie Bright is a female footballer who played for Doncaster Belles, Chelsea and England.
    The road “Brindley Place” in Killamarsh was named after James Brindley the builder of the Chesterfield Canal which opened in 1777 and navigated through Killamarsh.
    The Parish is split into four areas: Netherthorpe, Westthorpe, Upperthorpe and Churchtown.


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