Working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, we have had Hollingwood Lock House renovated and extended thanks to a grant from Community Assets, funded by HM Government Office for Civil Society. It is now called Hollingwood Hub.

It provides a Coffee Shop, a Meeting Room and offices – our first permanent base after 35 years!
The pictures below tell the story to the middle of 2014.
Near the bottom are lots more construction photos.

For further information about the facilities, click here.
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Hollingwood Lock House in the early 1960s. At this time it was still occupied.
The buildings in the background – the former Sand Spun Plant sheds – are no longer there.

To see a video of the area in 1986, click here.

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February 11th 2008. Renovation and extension was still a dream.

The original sketch by Dr. Geraint Coles, the Chesterfield Canal Development Manager.

September 23rd 2010. The construction company start work.
The lock remained open for navigation throughout the works. Photo © John Lower.

October 27th. The steelwork is being erected.

December 8th. No work in the sub-zero weather. Note roof tiles are off.

January 28th 2011. The roof insulation is going on and the walls are complete.

March 28th. The water is back in the lock and the patio is being built.

May 5th. The fences are finally down.

May 7th. Now we are starting on the garden.

Laura and Dawn serve another satisfied customer in Nona’s which opened on 1st June 2011.
You can’t go wrong with the home made Victoria Sponge cake!

June 4th. Our first Community Gardening Day and what a success.

July 7th. A welcome visit from out tripboat, the John Varley.

August 8th. Work on the car park is complete.
Fifty years ago, this view would have been taken from the platform of the station.
For further information about the station, including a photo of this view in 1950s, click here.

August 13th 2011. The first of our Open Days.

September 4th. A group of riders from the Fusion Group of Companies did a sponsored bike ride from Tapton Lock to Rother Valley and back today. The called in at the Hub on their way back.



September 27th. New locks gates were fitted. (Click here for the contractor’s website.)

October 28th. We had our first concert at the Hub featuring Lady Maisery.

November 20th. We had 450 trees from the Woodland Trust to plant to make a hedge. Lots of Trust members and local folk turned up to help, plus the Brimington Rainbows; a total turn out of over 50 volunteers.

December 17th. Woodhouse Prize Band came to give a concert of Christmas music.

January 28th 2012. Live broadcast on Radio Sheffield.

February 21st. Cuckoo stuffing.

March 3rd. Marvellous Hands.

March 7th. Hérétique concert.

March 20th. Trust’s A.G.M.

March 21st. Hilary James and Simon Mayor concert.

One of the great things about night events is the blue lights.

What a difference a year makes.

The top photo was take on June 4th 2011, the one below on June 18th 2012. Huge thanks go out to our team of gardeners, our Work Party and Hollingwood Primary School who planted the raised bed. We must also thank NHS Healthy Places, Staveley Hall Garden Centre, Brian Limb, Ken & Mary Cummings, Dobbies, the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, and the family who donated the bench in memory of their mother.

August 24th 2012. Now the kick rails have been installed and the boat raised bed is blooming.

October 14th 2012. The new signs went up today.

Nona’s staff seem pleased with their sign.

November 14th 2012.  We’re back into the concert season with a superb show from the Roving Crows.

December 15th 2012.  A superb Christmas Concert by the Woodhouse Prize Band.
Terrific attendance and wonderful sunshine.

February 20th 2013.  Something magical happened at the Hub. We are used to lots of super concerts, but Ginny Davis came and transformed the place into a theatre for the night.

March 6th. We had an amazing Michael Bublé Tribute Concert.

March 30th. We had our first Easter Bunny Cruises from the Hub.

April 8th. The bride arrived by boat for her wedding at the Hub.

April 17th. Baltic Crossing gave an incredible concert.

May 5th. Springwell Community Choir sang by the lock.

May 17th. Hickman & Cassidy treated us to yet another superb concert.

June 21st. The passengers on our Summer Solstice Cruise experienced fine dining at the Hub.

July 13th. The Fusion Equipment sponsored Bike Riders took at break at the Hub.

August. Works Road Bridge was closed, dug up and repaired.

August 18th. Ready for a Christening Party.

23rd August. We had a Goodbye Party for Dr Geraint Coles, the departing Chesterfield Canal Development Manager.

September 7th. Station Road was closed …..

….. this was because the Hollingwood Residents’ Association held their Summer Fair at the Hub.

12th November. Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies concert.

1st March 2014. We held a Chinese Brush Art Course.

12th March 2014. Ginny Davis returned with “Something Fishy”.

29th March . New memorial bench, new tarmac, solar panels installed …..

….. and a new canopy above the serving hatch in Nona’s.

April 23rd. The John Varley stopped on it’s St George’s Day cruise.

May 22nd. Destination Chesterfield held a training session for Chesterfield Ambassadors at the Hub.

We must thank our neighbours at Barrow Hill Roundhouse for this fantastic image. It shows Staveley Works in the 1933. Hollingwood Lock House and Staveley Works Station are in the bottom right corner. Barrow Hill Engine shed is at the top.

Contrast the above with the same view as it may look in a few years. (© Capita Symonds 2012)
Below are various other views of the building and a bit of history.

The Meeting Room on 16th February 2011.

May 12th. This room is now called the David Trickett Room.
David was the much loved and respected Vice Chair of the Trust who died in November 2010.

This is what the offside abutment wall looked like in June 2011.

Thanks to the Work Party, this is what it looked like in August 2011.

The lock in the 1960s.  The concrete was broken up in the early 1990s.

Now that’s what I call volunteering! A Waterway Recovery Group session on the lock in 1991.
Photo © John Lower.

May 2010. Note that the level of the parapet on the left has been lowered for the car park.
This is the site of the old Staveley Works railway station which closed on 5th March 1963.

The same view on 8th December 2010.

April 21st 2011.
The lock’s paddle gear is being painted by Mick Hodgetts who has worked on Hollingwood Lock since 1988.

August 13th 2011. Our Opening Ceremony.

And finally, we have to thank Michael Cherry for this magnificent image of our Opening Ceremony at the Open Days had it taken place in 1961 instead of 2011.

Community Assets, funded by HM Government Office for Civil Society in 2008 and administered by the BIG Fund, the non-Lottery funding arm of the Big Lottery Fund.