In November we started to tell you about Calow's street names – ending with Bole Hill. We now continue to try and explain how the names were chosen…

Brandene Close

This, along with Freydon Way, was built during the 1960s and 70's by a Calow builder called Snowden Keith Pass. When he came to choosing a name Snowden opted for the first part of his dachsund's name – Brandy and the first part of his wife's name – Enid. Hence Brand – ene!

Calow Green

Sadly I couldn't find much about this, so please contact if you know more. But this is what I think… This was the "green" bit of Calow. While much of what is now the main village was agricultural land; it was also where iron and coal was mined. Calow Green consists of what appears to be quite old farms plus late Victorian and Edwardian housing. Other villages nearby have "greens" e.g. Newbold, Hasland and Inkersall, but none of them are what we think of when we think of the traditional "village green".

Calow Lane

This is an old lane which links Calow to Hasland.

Central Drive

Part of the area of post-war social housing this was central to that housing, and the village, when it was built.

Chesterfield Road

Also known as the A632 this is the main road between Chesterfield and Bolsover. At the Chesterfield end it starts as Hady Hill, in Calow it becomes Top Road, before eventually becoming Station Road in Bolsover.


Or Church Side. An obvious one, as it runs by the side of the church and was built post World War 2 as social (council) housing. It is slightly unusual in the way the houses have a pathway running off from a short road, which enables them to have quite long, open front gardens.

Church Lane

Again, an obvious name running from Top Road, near the Church, to Blacksmith Lane. One of the longer streets, it certainly pre-dates the church and the lane would have taken you all the way through West Wood to Inkersall or over the fields to Duckmanton.

It has a mixture of post-World War 2 social housing and some private housing (Blacksmith Lane end). There's some earlier Victorian / Edwardian housing at the "top" of the street, mingled in with new housing. It is also where Calow Pharmacy is situated but older residents will remember when it was Bexton's Butchers and Grocers, or even earlier when it was called Butler's.