Welcome to Clay Cross

‘Welcome to Clay Cross’ brings the past to life.

As part of the regeneration scheme in Clay Cross we were commissioned to produce an audio trail that reveals the fascinating story of the town, told by local residents. We also worked with sculptor Peter Maris to interpret his sculptures depicting the history of the town.

One of several sculptures by Peter Maris depicting the history of Clay Cross
One of several sculptures by Peter Maris depicting the history of Clay Cross

The Clay Cross Audio Trail

Over-sized pepper pots and soap wrappers have played their part in shaping Clay Cross. This audio trail tells that story through 16 local residents who have seen their fair share of change over the years. During this 2 mile trail you will visit the town’s three former picture houses, the colliery rows and the rock from which the town takes its name, plus much more.

Some of the interviews were recorded as part of this project in 2010 and others date to the last century when cassette tapes were the choice of most oral historians. Whilst some of the recordings may not be top (studio) quality, the content certainly is!

Listen to, or download, the files below. Please remember to download and print the map as the audio files do not contain directions.

01 Over sized pepper pots

02 History set in stone

03 Long Rows

04 The Board School

05 The Kino

06 Kenning Park

07 The High Street

08 St.Bartholomews Church

09 Cellar Row

10 Clay Lane

11 Broadleys

12 Sharley Park

13 Clay Cross Company

Please notify us by email if you cannot download any of these files

Clay Cross Audio Trail (individual files in a 12mb zipped folder)

Clay Cross Audio Trail (12mb podcast version)

Please note the audio tracks no longer contains directions at the end of each track due to the ongoing regeneration works and changing fabric of the town. So please download the Clay Cross map (PDF 800kb), which we continue to update to help you find your way.

Many thanks to the Cultural Heritage Masters students at York University for their valuable and rigorous field testing of the project.

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This project has been supported through the LEADER Approach in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is delivered by North Eastern Derbyshire Business Developments Limited (NEDBD Ltd).

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