The city of Derby in Derbyshire

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - 01:17 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Sadler Gate © geograph.org.uk - Alan Heardman

Sadler Gate © geograph.org.uk – Alan Heardman

Derby is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the ceremonial county of Derbyshire. In the 2001 census, the population of the city was 233,700, whilst that of the Derby Urban Area was 229,407. According to the 2001 census, Derby was at that time the 18th largest settlement in England, measured by urban area.

Shopping in Derby is divided into three main areas. These are the Cathedral Quarter, Derby, the St Peters Quarter and Westfield Shopping Centre, the latter controlled by the Westfield Group. The Cathedral Quarter was Derby’s first BID (Business Improvement District), and includes a large range of shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. It is focused around the Cathedral and the area around Irongate and Sadler Gate. It includes the Market place, the Guildhall and Assembly rooms along with the City Museum and the Silk Mill industrial museum.

The Friar Gate area contains clubs and bars, making it the centre of Derby’s nightlife. Derby is also well provided with pubs.

Arboretum Lodge © geograph.org.uk - Dave Bevis Vernon Gate © geograph.org.uk - JThomas The Derby Industrial Museum - Silk Mill © Chris Harri Saint Alkmunds Way Footbridge and Derby Cathedral © Steve Bowen Guildhall by night © geograph.org.uk - Sam Styles Cornmarket © geograph.org.uk - Jerry Evans Derby Market Hall © geograph.org.uk - Jerry Evans Derby Cathedral with Ye Old Dolphin in the foreground © Russ Hamer Sadler Gate © geograph.org.uk - Alan Heardman
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Derby Cathedral with Ye Old Dolphin in the foreground © Russ Hamer
Derby Cathedral tower is 212 feet (68.6 meters) tall to the tip of the pinnacles. This has been home to a pair of breeding peregrine falcons since 2006. Three webcams monitor the falcons here. Derby Gaol is a visitor attraction based in the dungeons of the Derbyshire County Gaol which dates back to 1756. Derby Industrial Museum is situated in Derby Silk Mill and shows the industrial heritage and technological achievement of Derby, including Rolls-Royce aero engines, railways, mining, quarrying and foundries. Currently closed due to council cuts. Pickford’s House Museum was built by architect Joseph Pickford in 1770. It was his home and business headquarters. Derby Museum and Art Gallery shows paintings by Joseph Wright, as well as fine Royal Crown Derby porcelain, natural history, local regiments and archaeology. Pickford also designed St Helen’s House in King Street.

The skyline of the inner city changed in 1968 when the inner ring road with its two new crossings of the River Derwent was built. The route of the ring road went through the St. Alkmund’s Church and its Georgian churchyard, the only Georgian square in Derby. Both were demolished to make way for the road, a move still criticised today. Thus the editor (Elizabeth Williamson) of the 2nd edition of Pevsner for Derbyshire wrote:- ‘…the character and cohesion of the centre has been completely altered by the replacement of a large number of C18 houses in the centre by a multi-lane road. As a traffic scheme this road is said to be a triumph; as townscape it is a disaster.’

The newer buildings along Ford Street and St Alkmund’s Way include the Friargate Studios, The Joseph Wright Centre (a campus of Derby College) and the Jurys Inn. The hotel dominates the skyline, demoting nearby St Mary’s and, indeed, the Cathedral (silhouettes which formerly described the character of the city). The building of the Jurys Inn has altered well liked approach views of the city such as those from the top of Green Lane, Nottingham Road and from Darley Park.

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