This book would be of interest to those living in, near or who have a connection to Chesterfield and Derbyshire and have an interest in local history and discovering more about the area or in mid to late 19th and early 20th century history. This volume deals with the years from 1851 to 1939 in the Borough of Chesterfield, whilst outlining the industrial developments which had changed the face of North East Derbyshire since the early 19th century, The Borough was destined to become the natural focus of this region; between 1892 and 1920 it enlarged its boundaries from 322 acres to 8,468 acres, and its population grew from 7,101 in 1851 to an estimated 65,200 in 1939. Within the Borough there was a complete transformation of the standard of everyday life during these years, with the poorest householder of 1939 enjoying amenities undreamt of by even the most prosperous burgess of 1851: pure water, efficient sanitation, gas and electricity for cooking, heating and lighting, paved and metalled streets with cheap and plentiful public transport. Public health had been immeasurably improved, and education was available free for all children. Over all the years, the elected members of Chesterfield Corporation and its officials had worked together to provide these amenities. This book is a record of that achievement, and traces how life improved for ordinary people of the town. Published in 1992 the pages of this book appear unread though there is creasing and damage to the edges and folders of the dust jacket. The hardboard cover has a couple of pulled threads and has minor creasing to the edges of the spine due to how the book has been stored.