Derby evening telegraph 1950-2000
My grandmother was Sarah Whittiker born in Belpar 3-26- 1911. married Samuel Mellor who was born in Belpar in 1911. They came to America about 1950. This is as far back as I have been able to find. Would love to know more. Grateful for any info.
Dave Stone commented
have just come across your website for the first time. I was particularly interested to read the details on those who are recorded on the Strutts School WW1 memorial on the hall fireplace
am trying to trace any of the stone family from derbyshire as charles edwin stone vc was my great uncle
Elaine b commented
Hello My mother told me that my Great grandma was a Wainwright from Belper, she had a daughter called Rhoda, that would have been around the 1960s, my Mother said they owned a sweet factory in Belper, but I just can’t find anything online about it and would be grateful if anyone could throw some light on it for me please. Thank you.
I am looking to find any information about Germaine Olga Pamela Brown nee Hallsworth nee Liscieux? She was born in 1897 possibly in France & married Herbert George Hallsworth again possibly in France, we think they may have met during his WW1 service. After Herbert's death in 1968 she married Fred Brown in 1969. Adresses we know connected to Germaine are 11a Cemetery Rd & 53 Cemetery Rd Belper. Germaine died in 1989 aged 92 in Belper. If anyone could help with where she is buried or where I could get a copy of her death certificate I would be very greatfull
Great to see more added please
Linda budd commented
I personally think that it deserves recognition for the excellent Photography/research that have gone into it's making.
I left the west end back in 1972/73 when the area came under a compulsary demolition order.
I was just looking at your web site and the photos of Belper.
My mother was born in Belper and when she and my dad went back to UK for a visit she tried to take a photo of King Street and Marsh Lane to show us kids where she was from. She took the photograph looking slightly across the street- no where near as effective as yours- and also a car travelled by just as she took it!!!
I really like your King St shot.
Great site working exactly the way you intended!, I do love photos
Charlie mopps commented
Imagine the lost history that might be discovered through individual recants of life in Derby. I must say that the history you've added is the cream.
You've built many things in creating this site. It's entertaining, informative, interesting, but most of all it's a place for people to come home again. When you've been gone for a long time, and discover your pictures of Derby and parts near, it has a colossal impact... Believe me, I bet there are people discovering your site that will 'come home' through it over and over again.
Next best thing to being there.
The picture of Markeaton brook and the old mills is a work of art!
Your photos are bringing back all kinds of good memories... I remember going to see Bill Haley and the Comets at The Talk of the Midlands with a friend from Mackworth who now lives in Tulsa Oklahoma. We had to sneak our beer in under our coatsbecause we couldn't afford to buy a drink in the club.
It was murder trying to pop the cans under the table.
Anyway I just wanted to let you know that your photo is worth framing... Beautiful work. This is becoming more like an online art gallery than just another picture site.
Great info about The Arboretum. I never knew it was England's first public park.
I had some photo's taken there late one night for a poster for a band I was playing in. The Friar Gate section is a wonderful idea. I would never have thought about including it, but it's full of history.
When I was very small, and lived on Uttoxeter New Road (now pulled down) my mother would walk me down Old Uttoxeter Road to Friar Gate where I'd have to get an injection or some other equally traumatic medical treatment from old Dr. Burns. As a reward I'd get to go through a door in the wall of the bridge over the train tracks on Old Uttoxeter Road on the way home. I'm not that old yet, but can remember the steam trains
shunting about. What I wouldn't give to have taken some pictures of that. It's amazing how valuable a simple picture can eventually become over time.
What a wonderful place Derby is!!!
Debbie wilkins commented
Your site is great.
I was born in Derby in 1935 and now live in Iowa but Derby is my main interest. I grew up near the Blue Pool but never knew why it was so named!
Congratulations on a great job!
I found your site by putting 'Derby School Photos' in the advanced google search engine.
Have sent your URL to several friends Have also requested permission to post details of your site on the DERBYSGEN genealogy board which would give exposure to the type of people who would be really interested in your fantastic pictures. They try to avoid anything that is not directly connected to genealogy but I hope the people who run it agree to my proposal. My wife grew up in Wilmorton and she liked those pictures.
Still have a list of people to send it to.
Again, it is a great site!
Kenny Clegg commented
I enjoyed your website with the photographs of Derby.
I was born in Derby in 1935 so my Derby is the one of war years,the 40s and 50s, grammar schools and Derby Tech. The Derwent Hotel, the Cheshire Cheese, the Nottingham Castle and the Plaza. Also frequented the Bell and Jimmies and the Severn Stars with the rowing and cycling clubs. The Severn Stars was home brewed in
those days - so was the Nottinham Castle.
I lived in the Ashbourne Road/Uttoxeter Old Road area so knew Friargate well - locospotting at Friargate station and at the Midland.
I met my wife in the Derwent Hotel on her 18th birthday. We had our wedding reception at the Friary Hotel.
A lot of what I knew has gone - the West End, Siddals Road area and many shops - Midland Drapery, Ranbys, Ratcliffe's toy shop, the Central Educational book store.
Keep up the good work.
Susan Anderson commented
Don't ask me how I found your archives on line, I just went from one link to another.
I have been living here in the USA since 1993 and have not visited my home town since 94 so your photos have really helped me to relive old memories and to understand what is happening now.
Some things never change but many things do. Over the last 20 years Derby has become an exciting place and should be a more popular place for tourism.
I intend to show your photos to my friends over here, and also tell them stories because I have connections to most of the places you have photographed.
Martin Dale commented
What a great website! I was born in 1957, lived in Littleover, went to College Primary School on Uttoxteter New Road and then Bemrose Grammar School. My house was on St. Albans Road and it backed onto Rykneld Rec....I remember sledging down that steep hill in the winter too!
Moved to Los Angeles in 1981.
Keep up the good work!
Im Derby born and bred in Normanton so obviously enjoyed "the Rec" [Normanton park] photos. One suggestion, in the 60's the park used to have a display bed by the entrance on
[is it?] Warwick Avenue. Every year they had a different theme and my gran and grandad used to walk down from Sherwood Street, as was, since demolished, to collect us kids on Dale Road (2 doors away from the Temple) to go and see the display.
Do you think there is any chance someone will have photo's of some of the theme beds? I remember the nursery rhymes mainly, but was too young to photograph them. My earliest remembrance of "Government Cuts" was when they stopped doing the displays every year - they really were something [as I remember] - I was
only little then.
Also any suggestions where I might get hold of a photo of Sherwood Street before they demolished it.
No doubt I'll be back.
Rich Betton commented
I found it via the Google search engine, one of my International student friends had returned to France and needed some photos of Derby for a presentation he was doing. So I typed in "photos of ashbourne road", and your site came up. Now I point out your site to anyone who wants to see what Derby looks like as it is so comprehensive and impressive.
I hope you have more time to create some new "before and after" photos ?
Maybe some of Baseball Ground while it is being demolished (if it hasnt been already?)
Or some of the Uni now that it has so many new buildings it would make a good contrast photo.
I read all the comments BEFORE looking at the photos. and wondered what all the hoopla was about.
Then I saw the photos. Wonderful.
I grew up in Littleover. I was intrigued by the Friargate area because I attended Diocesan School for Boys on the corner of Vernon Street and Friargate from 1950-53.
Two of my sons went to Friargate House School.
Later I became the chairman of Friargate Bridge Action Committee that fought successfully to save the bridge from demolition. I still have a file with all the articles published by the Telegraph.
I now live in Arizona and have been back to the city almost yearly until two years ago.
I can appreciate the newer digital cameras as I bought an expensive one and have photos. of a beautiful sunset looking across the lake from my home and also a view looking up the mountain at our log home in Prescott, Arizona.
You have possibly inspired me to start a website when I retire.
It was great to get this site from my friend (whom I went to school with) in Alvaston Derby.
I was born in Derby too many years ago..but do still love to keep up with where I came from.
I have been in Australia since 1965 when my family emigrated to Australia. I do not regret this move as we are all doing ok here and have called Australia home.
But as I said I still love to hear about Derby.
The only thing I do not have is a map of Derby and the surrounding areas. In particular Allenton where I went to school till I was 15 (Allenton Junior and then Allenton Senior.
I would love to show my son there the street was in which I lived and where the scool was and various friends are now.
Is there any way you could insert a map of Derby town centre and the surrounding suburbs?? Try HERE
I did have one but lost in moves I suspect (I got it when I came back for a holiday in 1985)
Hope to keep up with your sites in the future.
What a great link to the ole' country.
Keep up the good work.
What a great site,
I have just found out this week that my husband's grandparents were born in Derby one in Rosliston and one in Shardlow in about 1836? so I got on a search engine and got your site. I shall have a good look around and come the summer we will have a trip to find these places.
Just had a look around your site and the photo's are very good and the site is very easy to go around.
I was born in Derby in 1956 Cavendish. Moved to Allestree in 1960. Age 4
Very good pictures of Derby which I have been looking for to remind me of home. I am currently living in the Caribbean with my wife. I was born in Derby in the mid 50's and moved to Allestree in 1960.
I am looking for pictures of Allestree and also the Cavendish area of Derby from 1950's to present day.
I remember trolley buses and all sorts of things but can't find any pictures of that era.
Have you got any. Especailly remember going into the old Boots shop and also the Midland Drapery with my mother. Good pictures those.
You can't imagine what it's like to look at local home pictures when your 4,000 miles away and have not been there for a few years. Thanks for the pictures of Allestree Park, and the village. I see the area around the old church has been changed too. If you ever go up to Vicarswood. There is a good view of Allestree from there.
Up in Quarndon there is an old Saxon church which has lost most of it's stone work to local building.
Also there is the old Well on the right as you go up the road towards the modern church (you already have a picture of that I think.)
In the 60's, Blenhiem Drive did not run all the way from Woodlands road up and round to Allestree Lane, but stopped by Woodlands school. That is my first memory of the area. No houses to the east of woodlands until down to where Portway is. There was a huge old Oak tree by the Woodlands School which was right in the centre of what is now the main road there.
Kedleston Hotel (Bath Farm). I used to play in it years ago. It was derelict and a great place to explore. Old Church near to Quarndon. (Now cleaned up) Used to be straight out of a horror film. Spooky /Haunted. Well up near to Quarndon Church. There is also what we think used to be an old coach road running through the centre of 'Big Wood' at the top of Woodlands Road. You have to know where to look to find the stone walled part hidden deep in the woods. Allestree village ( Alereds tree) as there is a tree in the old village churchyard named after the man. Apparently where Allestree got its name. Derbyshire was Deobyscir* ( Deer Park).*Not sure of actual spelling.* And down at the Duffield Road junction by a restaurant near to Allestree Village is the place where the trolley buses used to turn around. (Before you cross over into Darley Abbey Village.)
Anyway I will try to dig out some of my own pictures and send them.
We still call Blenheim Parade Shops the 'New Shops'. Not very new now though.!!
I found the map quite interesting as I was able to look at where my parents are now. Most people would not find the actual streets of much interest although they do change over time. For example Crabtree Close did not go right across into the fields until the late 70's as we all used to sledge down that field. I really wish I had photo's taken before they built on that field. It overlooks Kedleston road junction where it splits off up to Quarndon. It used to be a cow field and full of wild flowers in the summer where we all went for picnics
across from our house. Fat chance now. The old field 5 bar gate is actually in someones garden now at the top end by Allestree Woodlands school field. Viscount Scarsdale planted poplar trees across the top to prevent the isore of Woodlands from the hall but now the houses are infront and most of the poplars were chopped down by the occupants.
The problem is that one never knows what will be changed until it's too late.