Wandering Around Derby
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I walked around much of inner city Derby and the following photos show some of what I saw. I also visited the Pickford Museum, the city museum and the suburb of Chaddesden where the White family had lived.
My hotel was behind the flags. Great place if your arms are 6 feet from the floor. No idea how they expected normal height people to use the wardrobe; I certainly couldn’t.
All Saints Church, now the Cathedral is seen at the end of the street. It was a light filled church with some interesting memorials. The iron work at the end is part of some constructed for the church by the well known iron worker, Joseph Bakewell.
The words are recorded below as the photo was a bit fuzzy.
Information provided a chronology of her life. She had several husbands and built a massive house in the country which I visited. Photos will be uploaded later.
The church also has another interesting facet to its existence. Peregrine falcons have been roosting and laying eggs on the tower since 2006. The live webcam is at http://derbyperegrines.blogspot.co.uk/p/our-webcams.html . The blog records that the female laid eggs and been sitting on them since earlier this month.
This carving was on the wall of the Old Bell Inn with a date of 1700 above it. See half way down the 2015 blog http://www.kerry.net.au/?p=2081 for the photo of the building it is on.
This church is also shown in the previously mentioned blog but this is a different aspect. Sell and Merry ancestors married there in 1722.
St Michael’s is opposite the Dolphin Inn, also shown in the previously mentioned blog. A daughter of one of the William Whites married a man who was a church warden there. A record I found in the county archives stated that his father and grandfather had owned land opposite the the Dolphin Inn. The land was advertised for sale in 1827. He died the following year and it seems his wife and daughter fell on hard times employing themselves as governesses and teachers.
This was built around 1769 by the architect Joseph Pickford for his family. Over time it was subdivided and additions made but is now run as a house museum demonstrating life at various historical periods. An air raid shelter was in the basement.
This was one on display in the museum by one of Derby’s “favourite sons”, Joseph Wright who had an ability to capture people and light.
The paving remains following demolition of the 6 almshouses which were erected on the tarred section in the 1600s and demolished late last century. The Derby Telegraph ran a series of photos of Chaddesden of bygone days which includes one of the almshouses. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/nostalgia/gallery/13-iconic-photos-of-chaddesden-1138902
The schoolmaster was the first related William White known to be associated with Chaddesden. Not only was he schoolmaster but also farmer of Roe Farm. The schoolmaster’s house and later a schoolroom were located on the grass above the bins in the photo.