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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 3
V. Leave London Road and turn right down Midland Road, and walk towards the Railway Station complex.
9. W W WINTERS
WW Winters was set up by Monsieur Emmanuel Nicholas Charles who died in 1864. His assistant William Winter married his widow and continued with the photography business. The purpose-built studios were built in 1867 to a design by the famous Derby architect Henry Isaac Stevens. WW Winters are still in business, and have published several books featuring old photographs of Derby.
10. LMS RAILWAY CENOTAPH
Situated on Midland Road, the cenotaph commemorates the railway staff that lost their lives in the First World War.
11. MIDLAND HOTEL
The first purpose-built railway hotel in the country, it was built to a high standard by Thomas Jackson the Pimlico builder to the design of Francis Thompson, the Midland Railway architect. It is still one of the finest hotels in the city. Originally, it was known as Cuff’s Midland Hotel, Cuff also being the manager of the station refreshment rooms. In 1862, it was purchased by the railway company and became the Midland Hotel. It was sold again 120 years later to private enterprise and underwent a substantial facelift. Many famous people have stayed at the hotel, which was intended for first class passengers, including Queen Victoria in 1849.
12. MIDLAND RAILWAY STATION
The location of the station was a compromise between the town council, who wanted it sited closer to the centre, and the railway companies who wanted it further away to reduce the possibility of flooding and the cost of land. The site eventually selected was one mile to the south of the town, only about one third of which actually lay within the borough, the remainder being in the small township of Litchurch. This caused some problems, particularly over policing, until Litchurch became part of Derby in 1877. The station built by Thomas Jackson and designed by Francis Thompson, was opened on the 30 May 1839, when the first ever train to reach Derby steamed into the station amidst a carnival atmosphere. Originally thought to be too large for requirements, it soon became very busy and took full advantage of its excellent location on the railway network. In the early 1980s British Rail decided to replace it with a modern station.
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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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