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Auction
St Elphin's School, sadly, closed down in 2005 with virtually no notice given to pupils, teachers, staff or parents. An auction was held at the school on 16th April, 2005 – Fidler Taylor were the auctioneers handling the sale. We have managed to obtain a 'Sale at Short Notice' brochure of the items in the auction - please click here to see the full list. We hope, over time, to obtain photographs of the various items as we are able to track them down, although we will be unable to publish owner's details.

Derbyshire Record Office
However, Derbyshire Record Office, based in Matlock, do have quite a large selection of material in their Archives and they have kindly agreed for us to publish a list on this website. Any items not available for public viewing are marked with a 'X'. If you wish to view any of the other items at the Derbyshire Record Office then just contact them here. We have tried to group the items into subjects for easier reference.

St Elphin's Archives
"In my twenty three years with St. Elphin’s, I was the first and last ‘School Archivist’, tracking down valuable documents, housed at first in a small cupboard, later filling Matron’s Laundry, in the attics of ‘Hill View’. We had archive displays on special occasions – they were viewed by the Duchess of Kent on the 150th anniversary. They were used for research and we had visits from archive societies. One researcher, adopted at birth, saw her real mother for the first time on school photos.

On the day the school finished, I was granted permission to remove the archives but was initially prevented from taking them all to the County Records’ Office and some items were sold privately, not at the main school sale. Eventually, I lodged a proportion of my collection in Matlock, preserved as an interesting reflection of the life and history of the school.

In addition, I secured confidential bursar’s records/governors’ minutes, stored in concealed cupboards, now also lodged with the other archives. 

Past pupils occasionally left papers and memorabilia to the school and former colleagues intend to leave their private archives to Derbyshire Records’ Office, as a sure way of saving such invaluable information. Please follow suit with yours.

One never knows what life will hold! Gathering archives, alongside full-time English teaching – and many other roles - was an exhilarating challenge. It has certainly proved worthwhile today."
Ann Hodgson

There are also items in locations other than Derbyshire Record Office. As, and when, these are located we shall add a sub-section to this page. These items may, of course, not be available for viewing but it would be interesting to see what items are still in existence from the school.


X = Not available for public viewing

Ref No Title Date  
ACCOUNTS      
D6470/Box 3 Bursar's Account Book - inc. staff salaries Feb 1962 - Aug 1963 July 1961 - Feb 1962  
D6470/Box 3 Housekeeping Accounts Book Autumn 1953 - Mar 1961  
D6470/Box 5 School Games Fund Accounts Summer 1938 - Summer 1945  
D6470/Box 6 House Accounts Cash Book 1938 - 1942 X
ARTICLES      
D6470/Box 5 Derbyshire Life Article Sep 1965

 

D6470/Box 5 'Derbyshire Pictorial' Magazine, Issue 17 Oct/Nov 1988  
BADGES      
D6470/Box 5 Designs for St Elphin's School Crest?  

 

D6470/Box 5 Benson & Hedges Tin Containing School Badges and Medals    
CALENDARS      
D6470/Box 4 School Calendars 1968 and 1977

 

CHAPEL      
D6470/Box 3 List of Chaplains 1889 - 1955

 

D6470/Box 5 List of Gifts to School Chapel 1904 - 1961  
D6470/Box 5 Typed piece re The Richmond Window in the Chapel at St Helen's Church (Parish of Darley?)    
D6470/Box 10 Photostat Reproduction of a Sermon at Warrington Parish Church 3 June 1693  
D6470/Box 10 Greetings card from The Rectory, Warrington, Cheshire including dates relevant to St Elphin's Parish Church    
D6470/Box 10 Clergy Daughter's School Programmes 1882 and 1887  
CORRESPOND-ENCE      
D6752/3/1 Letter to parents about Buxton Music Festival 2004  
D6468/5/1-2 Headmaster's letters to parents - circular letters re events at the school 1979-1993  
D6468/9/1/1
D6468/9/1/2
Public Events - Bazaar - Correspondence
Public Events - Bazaar - Accounts
1980 - 1990
1972 - 1990
 
D6470/Box 4 Correspondence re the Centenary of the School 1943

 

D6470/Box 4 Letters & Circulars to Parents 1975 - 1978  
D6470/Box 4 Correspondence re Buildings 1944 - 1950  
D6470/Box 4 Letters to Parents 1976 - 1982  
D6470/Box 4 Correspondence    
D6470/Box 4 Photocopied Correspondence 1910s  
FEES      
D6470/Box 3 File re Action re Non-Payment of School Fees 1969 X
D6470/Box 2 Papers re School Fees   X
FLOOD - MARGARET L.    
D6470/Box 3 The Story of St Elphin's School 1844 - 1944    
D6470/Box 3 M/S memories of the school    
D6470/Box 3 Memoirs by Margaret L. Flood, and an order of service for a Thanksgiving for her life, with accompanying correspondence    
D6470/Box 3 Photocopy and new cutting - Memoirs: Margaret L Flood    
D6470/Box 3 M/S writings on the career of ?Margaret L. Flood    
D6470/Box 3 'An Early Holiday Recalled' by Miss Flood (typescript) 1903  
D6470/Box 3 Pupils List - Gift to Miss Flood    
D6470/Box 3 In Memoriam Mrs Flood, 2nd Mistress (1896-1910) from school magazine Oct 1937  
GIFTS      
D6470/Box 5 List of Gifts to School Chapel 1904 - 1961  
HISTORY      
D6470/Box 4 A Review of the History of St Elphin's School 1844 - 1911 by Mrs Eva Ainscough   X
HOUSES      
D6470/Box 6 School House Reports 1987 - 1990  
D6470/Box 6 School House Music Competition Programmes    
D6470/Box 6 Fletcher House Log Book 1942 - 1955 X
D6470/Box 6 Kennedy House books Oct 1918 & 1930 X
D6470/Box 6 Kennedy Log Book 1958 - 1971 X
D6470/Box 6 Kennedy House Time Logs 1991/92, 1992/93 X
D6470/Box 6 Powys House Log Books Summer 1959 - Summer 1979, Autumn 1962 - Spring 1982, Spring 1982 - Apr 1990 X
D6470/Box 6 Powys House - House Captain's Notes 1986 - Apr 1990 X
D6470/Box 6 Orchards Journal 2001 X
D6470/Box 6 Rotherwood Lower VI House book 1978 X
D6470/Box 6 House Accounts Cash Book 1938 - 1942 X
D6470/Box 6 Selwyn House Log Book Spring 1964 - Summer 1974, and Autumn 1974 - Christmas 1980 X
INSURANCE CLAIMS    
D6468/6/1
D6468/6/2
D6468/6/3
Insurance Claims
Insurance Claims
Insurance Claims
(None of the Insurance Claims are generally available for public consultation for 30 years)
1972 - 1984
1987 - 1990
1991 - 1992
X
X
X
INTERVIEWS      
D6470/Box 3 Interview with Mr Slack 1920s X
LOG BOOKS      
D6470/Box 3 School Log Book Oct 1962 - Jun 1975 X
MAGAZINES      
D6470/Box 10 School Magazines 1920-1923, 1925-1933, 1935-1939; 1944; 1948-1952; 1954-1981; 1983-1994; 1997; 1999 and ? 2001  
MAPS      
D6470/Maps 1 Plans re St Elphin's School?    
D6470/Maps 2 Plans re Cavendish House, Nursery & School, Matlock    
MENUS      
D6470/Box 6 School Lunch Menu 1953  
D6468/11/4 Special Diets List - including names of pupils and type of diet required - not generally available for public consultation for 30 years 2001 X
MINUTES      
D6752/1/1 Minutes of Board of Directors, Apr 2003 X
D6470 Finance Committee Minutes 1963 - 1973 X
D6470/Box 1 Governor's Minutes 1973 & 1986-89, 1992-94 (incomplete) X
D6752/1/2 Minutes of Governors' Meetings 1990, 1991, 2001-2003 X
D6752/1/3 Minutes of General Purposes Committee 1985-1994 X
D6752/1/4 Minutes of General Purposes Committee 1995-2001 X
D6470/Box 1 Minutes of various committees c.1974-1958 & 1976 X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Minute Book Oct 1951 - Sep 1958 X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Sub-Committee Minutes 1951 - 1959 X
D6470/Box 6 Minutes of House Staff Meetings Sept 1988 - Jun 1990 X
D6470/Box 6 House Staff Minutes 1993 - 1994 X
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls Guild Minute Book Nov 1911 - Oct 1953  
D6470/Box 10 Warrington Institute Committee of Management Minutes 1959 - 1972 X
D6470/Box 10 Warrington Institute Executive Committee Minutes 1959 - 1972 X
MISCELLAN-EOUS      
D6752/2/2 Notices to Staff 2003, 2004  
D6752/2/3 List of CD-Roms and audio tape available in the library 2002  
D6752/3/2 Poster advertising "Acorns Nursery" No date  
D6752/4/1 Leaving Book - messages and drawings in an exercise book of one of the last pupils of the school 2005  
D6470/Box 4 150th File 1994  
D6470/Box 4 Loose papers    
D6468/7 Investors in People - Training portfolio - not generally available for public consultation for 30 years 1998-1999 X
D6468/11/1 Questionnaire to all boarders re religion 2001  
D6468/11/2 Picture of the statue of Emotan, legendary 15th Century heroine of Benin, with its sculptor John Danford and ? Akenzua II, Oba of Benin (reg. 1933-1978) possibly on the occasion of its unveiling in Benin City, Nigeria ? 1954  
D6470/Box 4 Festival of Flowers Flyer Jul 1967  
D6470/Box 5 Programmes for School Events and Orders of Service    
D6470/Box 5 Journal Recounting Services    
D6470/Box 5 'Talk, Read & Write - St Elphin's Girls with Poet Francesca Kay' - VHS Tape. 10 mins. Jan 1995  
D6470/Box 10 Photocopy Sale Catalogue for Darley Dale Hydro Hotel 28 Sep 1903  
D6470/Box 10 Famous Derbyshire Health Resort    
NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS    
D6470/Box 11 Newspaper cuttings - to be appraised    
OLD GIRLS GUILD      
D6468/11/3 Old Girls Guild - List of Members 1982  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls Guild Minute Book Nov 1911 - Oct 1953  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls' Guild Revised Rules 1934  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls' Guild List of Members Books 1923, 1949, 1956, 1964, 1970  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls' Guild Lists of Members 1949, 1956, 1964  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls Guild List of Members 1964  
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls' Guild Papers    
D6470/Box 8 Old Girls' Guild Papers (green folder)    
PAPERS      
D6468/8 Policy Papers 1990s  
D6468/2/1
D6468/2/2
D6468/2/3
D6468/2/4
Think Tank Papers
Think Tank Papers
Think Tank Papers
Think Tank Papers
1980
1984
1987
1988
X
X
X
X
D6468/4 Discussion paper on the future of the school by John Nelson, with related correspondence - not generally available for public consultation for 30 years 1988 X
D6470/Box 5 Survey of Development of School Chapel of St Elphin's (typescript) 1904 - 1961  
D6470/Box 5 Papers re the Design for a Stained Glass Window for the Chapel    
PHOTOGRAPHS GOVERNORS    
D6470/Box 7 Governors' Photographs 1967 and 1969  
PHOTOGRAPHS MISCELLANEOUS    
D6470/Box 9
D6470/Box 9
D6470/Box 9
D6470/Box 9
Buildings and Rooms
Speech Days and Murals
Houses and Classes (Folders 1 & 2)
Visits, Events and Plays
   
PHOTOGRAPHS SCHOOL    
D6638/1/1
D6638/1/2
D6638/1/3
D6638/1/4
D6638/1/5
D6638/1/6
D6638/1/7
D6638/1/8
D6638/1/9
D6638/1/10
D6638/1/11
D6638/1/12
D6638/1/13
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
School Photograph
1961
1963
1967
1969
1971
1975
1983
1986
1989
1992
1996
1999
2001
 
D6470/Box 7 School Photographs 1920, 1926, 1920s?, 1930(x2), 1942, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1967, 1969, 1973,
6 x B&W undated,
1 colour undated
 
PHOTOGRAPHS STAFF    
D6638/2/1
D6638/2/2
D6638/2/3
D6638/2/4
D6638/2/5
D6638/2/6
D6470/Box 9
Staff group photograph
Staff group photograph
Staff group photograph
Staff group photograph
Staff group photograph
Staff group photograph
Staff
1960s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
1990s
 
PLANS      
D6470/Box 2 Floor plan for the main building   X
PROSPECTUSES      
D6470/Box 4 School Prospectuses 1904, and undated 1970s-1980s  
D6470/Box 4 School Booklets ?1928 and 1953, and 3 undated  
PUPILS ADMISSION REGISTERS, PERSONAL FILES, MAPS    
D6470/Box 1 Admission Register c.May 1909 - Spring 1950 X
D6470/Box 1 Admission Register Autumn 1950 - Summer 1970 X
D6470/Box 1 Admission Register Autumn 1970 - Autumn 1981 X
D6470/Box 3 Board of Education Pupils & Teachers Returns Jan 1975  
D6470/Box 3 Map showing locations of pupils' homes 1993-1994  
D6468/1 Personal Files - not generally available for public consultation for 75 years c1980 - c1993 X
D6470/Box 3 Pupils List - Gift to Miss Flood    
D6470/Box 5 Day Girls Day Book Nov 1995 - Oct 1999  
D6470/Box 5 Boarders Day Book May 1996 - Mar 1997  
D6470/Box 5 Day Book for Day & Boarding Pupils Mar 2001 - Nov 2002  
D6470/Box 5 Boarders Surgery Day Record Mar 1997 - Feb 1999 X
D6470/Box 5 Boarders/Day Girls Surgery Day Record Feb 1999 - Mar 2001  
D6470/Box 5 Autograph book including examples of pupils' artistic and written works 1926 - 1930  
D6470/Box 5 Pupil's Exercise Book Spring 1990  
D6470/Box 5 Specimens and Draft Books (Needlework classes/)    
D6470/Box 5 Pupil's Work regarding the Darley Dale Hydro in 1904, 1933  
D6470/Box 6 Pocket Money Lists    
D6470/Box 8 Correspondence regarding the careers of former pupils    
REPORTS      
D6468/3 Report into staffing and accommodation 1963  
D6470/Box 2 Head's Reports to Governors 1975 - 1978 X
D6470/Box 2 HM Reports to Governors 1942-1975 & 1951 X
D6470/Box 2 Inspection Report 1951 X
ROYALTY      
D6470/Box 5 Papers re Duchess of Kent's Visit May 1994  
D6470/Box 9 3 National Record of Achievement folders containing photographs of the visit to St Elphin's by the Duchess of Kent    
SCHOLARSHIP      
D6470/Box 2 Scholarship Fund Balance Sheet 1962 X
SOCIETY OF FRIENDS      
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Minute Book Oct 1951 - Sep 1958 X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Sub-Committee Minutes 1951 - 1959 X
D6470/Box 4 Appeal Booklet   X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Appeal Leaflet: The Next Step   X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Fund Raising Leaflet   X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends c. 1954 X
D6470/Box 4 Society of Friends Balance Sheet Apr 1966  
D6470/Box 4 Assembly Hall, Dormitory and Kitchen Brochure and fund-raiser    
SPEECH DAY      
D6470/Box 4 Annual Speech Day Programmes 1942, 1949, 1953-55, 1959, 1961-69, 1972, 1974, 1978-80, 1982-86, 1988-89, 1991-92  
D6470/Box 4 Annual Junior School Speech Day Programmes 1969, 1973-76  
D6470/Box 4 Head's Speech Day Reports 1942-1958  
D6470/Box 4 Book of Prizes on Speech Day 1973  
D6470/Box 4 Papers re Speech Day 1980  
D6468/9/2/1-3
D6468/9/3/1-2
Speech/Prize-giving Day Programmes
Open Day Programmes
1991 - 1993
1985 - 1989
 
TIMETABLES      
D6468/10/1-4 Fixture List - brief calendar of forthcoming events 1987 - 1991  
D6470/Box 3 'Fixture List' (academic year timetable) and pupils' writings 1990s  
D6752/2/1 Papers relating to timetable and school calendar 2004-2005 X
D6470/Box 6 Timetable for Queen Margaret's Hall Easter Term 1926  
UNIFORMS      
D6470/Box 5 Papers concerning St Elphin's School Uniform 1960 - 1961  
WAGES      
D6470/Box 3 Domestic Staff Wages Book Feb 1945 - Mar 1946  
D6470/Box 3 Matrons Salaries Dec 1965 - May 1970  
D6470/Box 3 Men's Wages Book Aug 1925 - Sep 1934  
D6470/Box 3 Staff Salaries Book Summer 1956 - Dec 1958  
D6470/Box 3 Teaching Staff Salaries 1965 - 1966  
WILLIAM, JUST      
D6468/9/4 "William" Day - Correspondence re St Elphin's School event in celebration of Richmal Crompton's fictional character William, held on 17 Nov, and "Richmal Crompton's years at St Elphins", a separate event held on 15 Nov - not generally available for public consultation for 30 years 1990 X
D6470/Box 5 Papers re the 'Just William' Celebrations and Treasure Hunt Nov 1990  
D6470/Box 5 William at St Elphin's Poster Nov 1990  
D6470/Box 5 Poster Advertising the Sale of the First 'Just William' Book    
D6470/Box 5 'St Elphin's Remembers' by Ann Hodgson    

Anyone wishing to view any of the above items which are available for public consultation, should contact the Derbyshire Record Office.

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