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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 3
VI. Walk towards the city centre from the railway station through an area of significant Victorian Railway architecture.
13. RAILWAY INSTITUTE
Founded ten years after the arrival of the railway as a Reading Room for Midland Railway employees. The present building dates back to 1892, when the decision was made to remove several houses to accommodate the new cultural centre for railway workers, that at one time contained a library of over 14,000 books. In addition, there were several other rooms set on one side for recreation as well as reading, including a lecture and concert hall, billiards room, classrooms and a coffee room. The Waterfall is located in the modernised building and incorporates a café-bar and conference and banqueting facilities.
14. RAILWAY COTTAGES
In order to accommodate the more senior Midland Railway staff, Jackson and Thompson built a triangular block of streets called North Street (now Calvert Street), Midland Place and Railway Terrace. If you take the initial letter from the three streets, NMR results, that stands for North Midland Railway. The two smaller squares, Leeds Place and Sheffield Place, continue the railway theme called after cities on the line. This was the first development of its kind in the country and when in 1970, it was decided to demolish it; there was strong opposition to the plan. Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust stepped in with a modernisation plan and the Council dropped their proposals.
15. BRUNSWICK RAILWAY AND COMMERCIAL INN
The inn opened in 1842, intended for the use of railwaymen and second class passengers. After a long period of inactivity, the Brunswick re-opened in 1987, following restoration work undertaken on behalf of the Derby Civic Society and the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust.
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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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