A History of Tapton House Forward

This book is a story of a Grade II* listed Georgian house set among beautiful gardens and parkland, but it is even more a study of the people who made it what it is. For more than 200 years Tapton House has stood on top of the hill, overlooking Chesterfield. From its beginnings in the eighteenth century it has been associated with those involved in the Industrial Revolution including investors in lead mining, canal development, railway and locomotive design and the coal and iron industry.

It has also a long history of providing education, from a ladies' boarding school to a grammar school and now as part of Chesterfield College. The residents from each period have left their mark on the house. My own link with Tapton House is via George Stephenson whose niece, Ann, my great grandmother, visited Tapton. I have Elizabeth Stephenson's prayer book, which must have passed through the front door on the way to Holy Trinity Church on many Sundays.

The book will provide many of the answers for anyone interested in Tapton House and its place in the history of Chesterfield. Len Thompson, the author is an engineer, and former pupil of the school from 1949 to 1953, and in a previous book has demonstrated the love and affection for the school expressed in the words of generations of pupils and staff.

Robert Stephenson Roper - 2000