Society artefacts.

Belper Historical Society has a collection of local artefacts, some of which have been rescued by members, others which have been donated to the society.

This page is a work in progress to show many of the artefacts in our collection.

If you have any further information on the following artefacts, please contact the Society. We would love to find out more about them.

Belper water works plaque

A brass plaque in a glazed wooden frame. It records the generosity of both George Henry and George Herbert Strutt in funding the works at the Meadows Pumping Station and at Bessyloan reservoir.

Alfred Burkinshaw glass bottles

Two rectangular clear glass bottles with ‘California Fig Syrup Co. San Francisco, Cal.’ moulded into the glass.  One labelled ‘Pecacuanha Wine. Alfred Burkinshaw, Market Place, Belper’; the other labelled ‘Eucalyptus Oil. Burkinshaw, Chemist, Belper.’


Note: These saucers were on loan to the society and were returned to the owner some years ago. They are included here for interest.

A collection of individual ceramic saucers, each with a motif from a local organisation.

Of special interest is the saucer from the First Aid Post, which was sited by The Triangle.

Match Box Holder

A match box holder made of enamelled steel sheet. The background is cream; one face shows the Sherwood Foresters regimental badge and the other has a portrait with the words  ‘With compliments from Thomas Alton, Thorne Tree Inn, Belper’. The edge has ‘Good luck and Best Wishes Offilers noted Ales, Wines, Spirits and Cigars’ written in red.

St Laurence Convent

A fine china plate with centre decorated with a view of the north elevation of St Laurence Convent in Field Lane, broad rim in black with gilded leaf decoration. There is a brief history of the convent on the back.

Also a white earthenware, glazed mug bearing the same illustration.

Belper United Prize Band drum

A double sided bass drum. It has decorated sides in black and red with gold scrolls.

Belper United Prize Band were active before WW2.

Numeric Indicator

Handmade wooden box with wall mounting but no front.

It contains two wooden vertical shafts with 8 sided numbered black blocks. The numbers are hand painted  in white.

There are 6 indicators on the right hand shaft each separated by washers. The left hand shaft has one indicator.

A  label reads ‘Found in West Mill’.

China Moustache Cup

A white china moustache cup with handle. The transfer is a scene of ‘Bandstand and Fountain Belper River Gardens’. You can also see the Swiss Tea Rooms. A green band decorates the top with a gold flower design.

Thought to have been produced during the heyday of the River Gardens between 1906 and 1914.

Money box

A nickel plated money box with a handle, a slot for coins and a hole for bank notes in the end. ‘Belper Home Safe’ is written on a brass disc at the front.

The box is inscribed on the handle with the number 197. The base is secured by a key operated lock.


The Belper Savings Bank building still stands on Bridge Street but is now a private home.