Shirland and Higham, like close siblings, have grown up entwined in each other’s lives. The medieval manor of Shirland, which included the hamlet of Higham, is mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086 as belonging to the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. These two neighbouring settlements have been a united parish for many centuries, although today they are as different as chalk and cheese in both character and appearance.
Until Shirland Pit was sunk in 1865 farming was the mainstay of the local economy, and had it not been for a major construction in 1792 Higham, rather than Alfreton, would have continued to thrive as the area's main local market town.
Visit the rare buttercross, the plethora of school sites the parish can boast, and discover the tale of the church carried away during the night.
The trail has been produced by Higham-based company 'Audio Trails' – and is brought to life by local residents including Gladwyn Turbutt, whose family have played a very important role in shaping this community.
The audio trail can be quickly downloaded onto an MP3 player, iPod or mobile phone.
Simply right click the 'download the Audio Trail' link and select 'save target as.......'. You will then be prompted to save the folder containing the Audio Trail files onto your computer.
Follow the prompts and once you have accessed the files you can download them to whatever media device you have available. The easiest way is to drag and drop them from your computer to your MP3 player, iPod or mobile phone.
Download the Audio Files
The first file contains the whole audio podcast. It is a large file (15mb). If you prefer you can download the 12 podcasts individually in the next section.
The Complete Shirland & Higham Audio Trail Podcast