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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 1
II. Leave the Market Place and turn right up Iron Gate where an ancient trackway, which can still be seen to bisect the city once ran. The road was widened in 1866, when the buildings on the right hand side, as you look up the street were demolished.
3. LLOYDS BANK
Built by the same builder as Francey’s House at the turn of the 18th century, it was at one time occupied by Bemrose, the well known Derby printing firm. The arrival of the railway in 1839 and the award of the contract to print the timetables and stationery led to them eventually moving to larger premises. In 1745, it was commandeered by Colonel Gordon of Glenbucket, for the period of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s stay in Derby.
4. DERBYSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY
Before moving to Duffield, the Derbyshire Building Society’s Head Office was situated in Iron Gate and at the time of the Rolls-Royce Crash in 1971, record crowds queued up outside to remove their savings. They erroneously believed the rumour that the Society had money invested in Rolls Royce, something that Building Society law expressly forbad.
5. JOSEPH WRIGHT OBELISK
Joseph Wright, the famous artist, was born in Iron Gate; there is a gallery of his paintings in Derby Museum.
6. IRONGATE HOUSE
Samuel Crompton built it in the early 1800s; his father founded Derby’s first bank in 1685. The ground floor remained as a bank until another one was built next door – now a pub, rather appropriately named the Standing Order.
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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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