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About Us

Something About Aston on Trent

Aston on Trent is a rural village approximately seven miles to the south west of Derby City. It has around 1800 residents and is known for its energetic and socially dynamic approach to life. Over thirty social, learning and recreational groups prosper, providing activities and events for all ages from the very young to the young at heart.

Aston on Trent was mentioned in the Domesday book, is near the site of a Neolithic settlement and has a wealth of social and working heritage. Until the early twentieth century much of the village and adjoining land was owned by wealthy families.

To discover more about Aston on Trent and its other interesting activities use the navigation buttons at the top of the page.

Much of the village is now a conservation area and contains a number of old and fascinating buildings. The annual Well Dressing Festival every July brings many visitors to view the locally decorated tableaux and accompanying stalls and entertainment.

Something About Our Local History Group

Aston on Trent is rich in heritage but until recently had no comprehensive record of its history or any organised collection of documents, photos or other archive material. There was a concern that many elderly residents in particular had no facilities to pass on a wealth of interesting stories of times past for future generations.

In September 2004 a small group of interested villagers met to set up a formally constituted Local History Group. The principal aim was (and continues to be) to provide, maintain and develop a comprehensive history of Aston on Trent using a variety of formats, easily accessible to all and involving as many members of the community - young and old - as possible.

To date, our Group is one of the fastest growing organisations in the village.

The Local History Group is grateful for projects funding from many sources. This website has been developed with grants from Awards for All and the Heritage Lottery Fund.



What We Do

• We offer an annual programme of monthly meetings plus other regular events and visits.

• We host a guided Village Trail event for small parties complete with knowledgeable guide, trail booklet and quality refreshments. Click here for details.

• We run several funded projects designed to maximise the development of a comprehensive heritage record.

• We involve many individuals and social groups in our activities.

• We provide a range of quality booklets, books and CDs produced by the Group.

• We organise a number of visual displays about village history. Our new Heritage Centre is now open for visitors interested in local history or more detailed research. The Centre can be booked for small meetings and group activities. Click here for details.

• This website consistently attracts over 1800 hits a month from all over the world. You're invited to browse our site for more fascinating insights into our history & heritage.

• We have a lot of fun and enjoy ourselves!