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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 3
II. Continue through the Riverside Gardens keeping close to the River Derwent, and go under Holmes Bridge into the Bass Recreation Ground and follow the riverbank round under the Five Arches Bridge. The new road constructed in 1997 linking Derby with the A52 runs close by.
4. PRIDE PARK
The former site of Derby’s railway manufacturing business that at one time employed nearly 6,000 people, but in the early 1990s became derelict. Following the clearance of the site and the installation of services, the regeneration of the area was so successful that in early 2004, the site was declared ‘Full’. Derby County Football Club’s impressive stadium aptly named Pride Park forms the centrepiece of the development. The historic No 1 Engine Roundhouse, built by Francis Thompson in 1840, can just be seen at the start of the Pride Park section of the walk. It forms part of a group of buildings dating back to the birth of the railway era in Derby.
5. THE MEADOWS
Situated on the other side of the river and as the name suggests originally farmland, but with the arrival of the railway industry in 1839, the land was taken over by the railway and became known as Chaddesden Sidings. In recent years, sand and gravel has been extracted from the site for the building industry.
III. Go under the bridge that links Pride Park with the Wyvern Shopping Development and continue along the riverbank, passing under the railway bridge that carries the main line from Derby to Nottingham and London before eventually arriving at Alvaston Park.
6. ALVASTON PARK
William Barron and Son of Borrowash laid out the park in 1913 for the Earl of Harrington. The lake was added after the First World War. Wilmorton College (later Derby College now housing development), situated to the west of the park was built on a former tip in the 1960s, on land that used to belong to Osmaston Hall. The hall was the home of the Fox and Wilmot-Horton family from which the college got its name.
IV. Walk away from the river by the side of the lake and on reaching London Road, turn right and continue along the A6 towards Derby.
* Alternatively, you may prefer to retrace your steps along the riverbank until after passing under the stone railway bridge you turn sharp left to walk along Station Approach to the Midland Railway Station. Continue up Midland Road and turn right at the top along London Road to reach Point VIII on the trail. By checking the Heritage Trail Map you will still be able to see all the points of interest that have been listed.
7. ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
Until it was demolished in 1970, the church stood on London Road on the site now occupied by St Andrew’s House. It was always regarded as the railwaymen’s church and the Midland Railway contributed generously towards its building fund to ensure that the spiritual needs of its ever growing workforce were met. It was completed in 1867, to the design of Sir Gilbert Scott, who also designed London’s St Pancras Station.
8. MIDLAND ROAD
The road was built in 1840 to link London Road to the Midland Railway Station. Electric trams were introduced in 1904.
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PLACES TO VISIT ON THIS WALK
Pride Park Football Stadium (0870 444 1884) the home of Derby County Football Club, provides behind the scenes tours of the stadium, which will impress the visitor whether they are a football fan or not. Please telephone for bookings and full tour details.
Royal Crown Derby Visitors Centre (01332 712800) established in 1756, now exports fine china all over the world. The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, shop and restaurant facilities are open to the public daily and factory tours are available during the week.
Alvaston Park, a large attractive park, located about two miles to the south of Derby. It is linked to the city centre by a riverside path suitable for both walkers and cyclists. The path provides an important recreational route through Derby to the south.
Bennett's Coffee Shop (01332 344261) situated on the right hand side, part way up Iron Gate. Set in a pleasant galleried location, towards the rear of the main shop. Teas and coffee served daily, as well as a delicious range of pastries and traditional meals.
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