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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 1
VI. Cross the road and walk along Duke Street, before turning left to climb gently up to Handyside Street. At the top of the street, turn right and then first left and on reaching King Street, turn left and within a few yards cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.
Courtesy: Derby Evening Telegraph
14. ST HELEN’S HOUSE
The architect, Joseph Pickford designed it for John Gisbourne and in 1862, Derby Corporation purchased it, to house Derby School. Ten years later additional rooms were added to commemorate the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales. In 1893, a chapel was added and the school playing fields extended. The school has produced many eminent scholars including John Flamstead, who went on to become the first Astronomer Royal, and Sir John Eardley Willmott who aspired to the role of Chief Justice of Common Pleas.
15. THE SEVEN STARS INN
The original building dates from 1680; it was renamed the Seven Stars in 1749, and remains little altered to this day. The old porcelain works used to stand nearby, when customers were supplied with china tankards instead of glasses to drink the beer.
VII. Turn right and walk down St Helen’s Street.
16. FRIEND’S MEETING HOUSE
Built in 1808 for the Quakers, but they had been active in Derby for many years previously. George Fox on trial for his religious beliefs bade the court ‘To tremble at the word of the Lord’ to which the justice, Gervase Bennet, responded by calling Fox and his supporters ‘Quakers’, a name that still remains.
17. BBC RADIO DERBY
Their logo is a ram’s head. Radio Derby opened up early to cover the Rolls Royce Crash, before closing down and re-opening again on the agreed date.
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PLACES TO VISIT ON THIS WALK
Derby Cathedral (01332 341201) dominates the skyline with its impressive Perpendicular Tower, the second highest in England to the Boston Stump. Light and spacious inside, the iron screen by Robert Bakewell is an inspirational masterpiece in this proud and beautiful building. Concerts and special events take place throughout the year. Open daily.
The Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History (01332 255308) was the first factory in England where all the processes were carried out under one roof and utilising one source of power and is now a World Heritage site. It has now been converted into a museum where you can discover the facts about Rolls-Royce aero-engines, the history of railways and coal mines and much more. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year Break.
Pickford’s House Museum (01332 255363) housed in a handsome Grade I listed building, built in 1769 by Derby architect, Joseph Pickford for his own occupation. It was opened as a museum in 1988 and delightfully recreates a scene of Georgian domestic life with splendidly furnished rooms and fine costume displays. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year break.
Derby Cathedral Coffee Shop, (tel. 01332 381685) located opposite the Cathedral Centre, offers an award winning cafe and Gift Shop, selling local produce, a display of the Treasures of the Cathedral, a Biblical Garden and an Education Centre. The Coffee Shop serves light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and a wide range of teas and coffees. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.30pm.
**The Coffee Shop, won Best Tea/Coffee Shop in the 2004 Derbyshire Food and Drinks Awards.
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