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Dear Andy I reside in York but was born in Derby at Queen Mary's maternity hospital. There seems to be a dearth of information generally about that location on the internet. Anyway, the purpose of this message is to thank you for a tremendous web-site which I discovered quite by chance. I've bookmarked it for future reference.
|Andy I was browsing for photos of old Derby, the Friar Gate area, when I came across your site. Although the photos are not exactly what I was looking for, they gave a flavour of what the area was like.
My husband's family came from the area in the 19th century, and almost all of them worked in the textile industry ( tape, elastic, silk). I loved the presentation of the same road as old and new. Yes, I can compare an old photo to a separate, modern one, but your method of fading one into another makes the whole thing much easier to visualise and to understand.
I really, really enjoyed the site. I'm afraid the ancestors didn't live in posh houses - they lived in Courts and up alleys, and one in particular slaved all her life as a silk winder in a silk mill.
I don't know which mill, but I daresay the conditions were the same in all of them. Grim.
So thank you, Andy, for all your hard work - I really did find the area came to life with your photos.
Sedgley, West Midlands
|Andy Savage, I love you.
I too was born in Derby but have lived most of my life in South Africa. Until a few years ago, I visited Derby annually and loved every minute of returning to places I knew as a child. Unfortunately due to health reasons, I have been unable to return in recent years but thankfully due to your wonderful website, although I am unable physically to be there, I am visibly able to do so Thank you.
Gillian Twidale [formerly Johnson]
Cape Town, South Africa
|Andy, I like these photos, they brought back happy memories of long hot summer holidays with my grandparents in the 70's who lived near Littleover.
We used to go to the well dressing and the Depths of Lumb and Kirk Ireton in the car
Regards Mark B
|Allways nice to learn more of my Hazlewood family in the UK thank you so much for your effort. kindest regards
Larry Arthur Blanton Hazlewood
Miami, Florida, USA
|What a brilliant hobby, thank you really enjoyed looking at my old Derby.
|Dear Andy, I have found your web page by chance....my lucky day!!! I have just spent a wonderful evening browsing through your photo's then and now.
I can imagine it has been a labour of love for you.
Thank you for some lovely happy memories!
I have passed on your web site to an old school friend who emigrated to Australia 48 years ago!!! She too has enjoyed a trip down memory lane along with her elderly parents.
Do hope you continue to add more photo's and info
|Dear Andy Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoy your website.
It keeps me in touch with my home town which I miss greatly.
I was born in Stockbrook Road in 1951 and lived there until I left home in 1972 and moved to Cambridge.
My mother came to Cambridge after my father died in 1992 so I have fond memories of the city and your site takes me back.
Seeing the R. A. F. memorial window @ Rolls Royce bought back memories of that occasion.
Ingleside Illinois USA
Hi, As an ex Derby girl, I love to look at the old photo's on this website, well done for such an enjoyable walk down memory lane.
Brilliant idea Then & Now, wish I had found it sooner.
Hi Andy, really enjoyed the drives round in the snow. Love everything you do.
|Hi Andy , just to say thank you for your great site - had it a few years ,put it in my favourites list. I was born in Derby, and my brothers & sisters still do live there.
Emigrated to Canada in 1967, went to Central school (Darley Park) building now gone- lived in Normanton, Alveston, Morley est, & Mackworth est. Needless to say how much your site means to me, I am now seventy, and often go back in time, to my younger days - Via your site - once again a GREAT BIG THANKS from Canada.
|Fantastic, really brought the old photos into context.
Grandad talked to me about trams going though the centre but I'd never seen any photos of them.
|Reference Bemrose School panoramic 'all pupils' photo 1948. I am on this photo and know the names of many others, including most of the staff.
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA
|Loved the then and now picture of Melbourne High street.
My Great Grandfather ran a barbers shop there between 1906 - 1912. Not sure why he moved there from Leicester and then moved back but good to see what it would have looked like in his day, If you have any other of the high street back them it would be good to see them.
Fleckney, Leicestershire, UK
|Thank you for the time you are spending on the Derby Canal Route Map. I valued looking at the pictures of the Derby Canal.
What a wonderful site - especially the "Then and Now" section - brilliant!
These photos brought many memories for me. Would love to see more of Holbrook and Holbrook Moor as this is where I was born and married from.
The village means such a lot to me as I went to Holbrook School and lived there untill I was 21 years of age as did all my family.
Many thanks for your excellent work.
Jean Newman (nee Sims)
Ripley , Derbyshire
Just a thank you for the route map of the old Friargate railway line in Derby. My grand parents used to live in Kirk Street, Chester Green and as a small child in the 1950s, I used to stay there from time to time. I remember a railway line, literally at the bottom of the garden but when I mentioned this to my wife recently and we looked at the area we could see no sign of where it could have been.
|Thanks for the photos of old St Alkmunds. I was thinking about the time it was demolished and wondered what was on the web. I was taking my small son to the Children's Hospital at the time and thought how awful the destruction was - they took a ball and chain to it.
Great excitement when the sarcophogus was discovered.
Good morning to you from a very sunny Cyprus where I have been living for the past 7 years.
|I have just been to see the BBC exhibition connected to their series of old shops etc., in Chatham. I was going to try their experiment of holding a photograph of an area of the High Street but found that it blocked the view and was worse than useless.
Then I stumbled across your site and sat here mesmerised at the skill and dedication you have shown in producing this piece of work. Congratulations on your effort and I shall make sure many of my colleagues also visit and see what can be achieved by a 'master'.
More power to your elbow, Andy.
Gillingham, Kent, UK
Have just discovered the fade in fade out photos you have - they are fantastic.
I really enjoyed looking at the wonderful photos Andy has posted of Derby- a wonderful history of the town adn the area when I could not find what I was looking for he pointed me in the correct direction.
Your site just blew me away!
Great to see a picture of my old school, Vernon High School Friargate Derby, does anyone have any interior pictures of the school.
Just wanted to say thanks for the website (I linked on to it from Wikipedia). Was looking at the VR photo of the demolished Baseball Ground and found it quite emotional, so many memories. My dad is in his 70's but still a season ticket holder.
Absolutely awesome work here my friend, just found your site and would just like to say thanks for the time you spent on it, it's one of the best and most creative sites i've seen - incredible.
Hi, I have just spent ages looking through your photos and found them absolutely fascinating!
Andy I grew up in NE England in the 50s , never been to Derby but all photos excellent.
Great work Andy.
This is the most wonderful site. I will be visiting Derby for the first time in October and thanks to your photos I am more excited than ever.
I have always enjoyed Then and Now books of Derby and other places I know. However, I have always been disappointed that they are so rarely taken from exactly the same location. I have even attempted Then and Now photos of my own, based on some Derbyshire locations, and know how difficult it is to achieve a successful result, not only finding the viewpoint but also matching the camera lens.
I was born in Holbrook, Belper in January 1952, but raised in
I am still a Derbyshire man, wherever I am!
I would like to thank you for your most excellent site.
Looking at the photos brought many happy memories.
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