During the Second World War,
several houses in Tupton were bombed by fleeing German
aircraft. Some of these houses were on Ward Street and
others in now demolished areas where the Community
Garden is now located.
In the early hours of 15 March 1941, German aircraft bombed several houses in Tupton, killing 11 people.
Though Tupton's heritage lies in the now defunct coal mining and iron industries, our small village has another more sombre claim to fame.; it is a sad fact that Tupton suffered more civilian deaths as a direct result of enemy action during the second World War than did any other rural community in Derbyshire.
The Civilian dead are remembered at the area's senior church St. Lawrence, North Wingfield, and at the site of Tupton's war memorial on Queen Victoria Road outside the Church of St. John.
After all these years, historical fact is difficult to establish and a number of questions may never be answered. Was the bombing a direct attack on the village, was the real target the London/Sheffield railway line which runs by Tupton's eastern parish boundary; were the bombs simply jettisoned by an aircraft making the return journey to Germany after a raid on Sheffield, or did the glowing firebox on a moving train attract unwanted enemy attention? All have been suggested as possibilities.
In 2005, and before local
memory of the tragedy was lost forever, members of
Tupton Youth Centre together with a number of Tupton
people who were children at the time of the incident
created a video documentary with the help of Third piper
Community Arts. The project was jointly funded by Tupton
Parish, North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire County
Councils. Youth Centre members wrote the script and
learned technical video recording skills.
Another person died as a result of the bombing a few weeks later.
The area known as 'the Rec' once held a lido, or open-air swimming pool, the remains of which can still be seen in the stream.
One lasting impression of the
bombers left was in the area in the woods surrounding
Tupton Hall School, called 'Monkey Hollow'. The deep
crater in the woods was the result of one of the bombs.