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CHELLASTON HERITAGE TRAIL

CHELLASTON TRAIL KEY

1.  Red Lion. 

2.  Post Office.

3.  Crocker Bros.

4.  Corner Pin public house.

5.  Rose and Crown public house.

6.  St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Church.

7.  Chellaston Bowls Club.

8.  Chellaston Senior School.

9.  Co-op store.

10. British Legion.

11. The Lawns.

12. Methodist Chapel.

13. St Peter's Church.

14. Chellaston Infant School.

15. Gresley family home.

16. The Old Chapel (1816).

17. Chellaston Cottage (1760).

18. Site of alabaster quarries and brick works

 

 

 

CHELLASTON FEATURE

Chellaston was once mainly a farming community, but is now a rapidly expanding suburb, like so many more up and down the country, where houses proliferate close to busy road networks. In Chellastonís case the expansion of Derby and the recent opening of the A50, giving it rapid access to fast roads and the M1 Motorway, have led to the growth of massive housing developments.

 

The story of Chellaston though is not just one of a once quiet village expanding rapidly because of its location. As from the Middle Ages, it became internationally famous as the centre of the English alabaster industry, a form of gypsum. It was at its peak between about 1360 and 1460, when a flourishing export trade developed. Great blocks of alabaster were taken to the River Trent and then transported by boat to Hull, for shipment across the North Sea.  

 

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