Higham

HIGHAM, a hamlet, in the parish of Shirland, union of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale, N. division of the county of Derby, 2½ miles (N. by W.) from Alfreton; containing 451 inhabitants. This is a place of great antiquity, situated upon the Roman Ikeneld-street, and at the Alfreton turn on the Chesterfield road, on a fine eminence above the Derwent vale, commanding extensive views. Nearly the whole of the hamlet is the property of Gladwyn Turbutt, Esq., of Ogston Hall. The Midland railway runs for two miles through this part of the parish. There was formerly a market, discontinued in 1785: the cross still stands in the centre of the village. Many of the inhabitants are employed in weaving stockings. Fairs for cattle are held on the first Wednesday after New-Year's day, and on the 27th of February.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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