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The photographs are so clear and very inventive. I especially like the panoramic views.
I will be back in Derby for Christmas 2001 and am looking forward to seeing some of these places again.
Glad to see pictures from Holbrook & Belper as my in laws live there and that is who I will be visiting.
Have you ever thought of taking picture in Hemmington & Lockington (near Castle Donnington) there are (or were) some great old homes in those two villages?
You can tell this site is a labour of love Andy, keep up the great work!
Have you ever thought of doing a book??
enjoying looking at your photos.
I'm 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.
YES I HAVE NOW ADDED A PHOTO TO THE OLD PHOTOS PAGE
Also any suggestions
where I might get hold of a photo of Sherwood Street before they demolished
have looked through your site and think that it is really good.
It is a shame that others do not follow your example and do a portfolio on their area.
I was really interested in the ghosts tours but am unable to go.
If you would I would appreciate any information on the ghosts in your area.
I will understand if you are unable to do this but would appreciate an email to let me know.
Keep up the good work - this site will be added to my fav's!!
I have been in Australia
for just over 4 years and it is great to see the old, new and slightly
Thanks for a great site
Jim & Leanne Kearney
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!
I found your page
when browsing the Evening Telegraph site not sure which section tho'.
I spent the past half
hour looking at the new photos. You know what I find most incredible?
The fact that I can see photos that were taken TODAY!!! For instance,
the fruit and veg I am looking at in the photo of E. Corden in the Market
Hall are the ACTUAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES that are offered for sale RIGHT
THIS SECOND!!! Unless of course, someone bought them and they ended up
in someone's dinner in Derby tonight...
Derby jail: I read somewhere that there was a television programme on Derby ghosts early last year on American television, but unfortunately I missed it. We get all the major American networks here on cable tv. Hopefully, it will be repeated sometime, because it sounds fascinating. I thought it was intriguing that people actually go and have little parties in the old gaol cells, but on the other hand, if I were invited, I'd probably give it a try myself!
Thanks once again.
I first of all want
to say how delighted I was to find your site and to spend hours looking
at the wonderful photos. I was particularly enthralled by the Panoramic
shots, especially the one in the Market Place. AWESOME!!!
And the the night-time photos downtown. My gosh they took my breath away. Absolutely exquisite!
So let me say thank you again, you are most generous to share your talent with the world and allow us to experience the next best thing to being there. I will visit your site often and check for new additions.
Take care Andy.
Andy you are a legend , I can't explain how happy its made me and yet very
sad, I was back at Christmas and I didn't want to leave.
Mate this site is now my home page, it rocks thank you sooooooooooo much.
I had a good old look through your site and really enjoyed it - it's got a great amount of information, you can easily spend hours on there..very interesting indeed!
I really loved the photos etc. If I were visiting over that way I'd certainly be a happy person to find your site and have a look through.
Good Luck with it - I'm sure you'll do well!!
Don't ask me how I found your photos 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.
You know, Derby is a very interesting place and ever changing. When I lived there I suppose I took it for granted. I think that the city of Derby is lucky to have people like you who take the time to showcase its'
The greatest asset is the people who live there. I don't know how well you know Richard Felix but I have known him for about 30 years. I first got to know him when I used to buy records from the family stall in the market hall in about 1970. I think he is around my age. I joined the army in 1972 and have spent a lot of time since then away from home.
Richard has done so much make people aware of the rich history of the city and over the years I have followed his progress. What you are doing fits perfectly with what Richard is trying to achieve.
I am sure that there are many photographs you have yet to take, and many memories for me to relive.
I will keep checking back with you.
Keep up the great work.
I have just viewed your site, and must further compliment you on the content and quality of text, layout and above all Photographic images found on your site.
I also found your web site to be very interesting and informative. I have sent a link to our friends in Orchard Beach, Maine, USA, who are planning their second visit to Derby In January 2002.
My West End - was the best end site needs a bit of a revamp in certain areas when I have time to do this, I will also gladly add a link to your website.
The views from the
Cathedral are particularly impressive.
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.
Your site is great.
a great job!
Again, it is a great site!
I have visited your brill site again and had absolutely no problem with viewing the photos.
I think your site should be advertised more as it is an excellent record of life in Derby.
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.
Many thanks for putting a link to the Derby Canal on your web site. I will be pleased to do the same for you, and will do so within the next few days.
Your site is very clear, easy to open and informative.
If you come across any 'old' photos of the Derby Canal during it's working years, please let me know.
Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society
I like your website!
Not seen that format before where the main theme is photographs of an
area. And very comprehensive coverage too. Your site will be a good complement
to my Belper site as far as the Belper photos are concerned.
Good luck with the website. Keep it up!
Smashing photos -
I have't been back to Derby for years.
Thanks for telling us about your excellent web site - we are putting a link to it from ours, and would appreciate a reciprocal link.
You are clearly way beyondour technical capabilities!
Sheila Cooke - researcher
Shardlow Heritage Centre.
I just took a short peek at your web site and find it quite impressive, well done!
I fully support any web site that promotes Derby. I will paste a link to your site as soon as I can.
I will also e-mail the link to my overseas friends.
You must be proud of what you have achieved I hope you will carry on taking photographs of Derby and Derbyshire.
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!!!
Great site working exactly the way you intended!, I do love photos!
Loved your pictures of Derby
My ancestors the Spendlove's come from Derby and at some time lived in the Friar Gate area I would like to download the pictures of this area if you will give your permission.
Bob & Gwenda.S
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.
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.
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
sister called me this week while she was online at your site. Her comments
included "...makes me want to cry... I have to go home to visit soon...
I really miss Derby.."
The pictures are outstanding! This is the next best thing to being there. I'm blasting emails to everyone I know (irrespective of whether they've ever been to Derbyshire or not).. You may hear from some of them.
I have two sisters over here.
Absolutely Bloody Fantastic.... Thanks
I just saw the photo
of Strutts pub on the corner of London road. I used to live just past
there , almost right across from the statue of Florence Nightingale. It
was a wonderful place to live (at least back then). Often, in the morning,
I would get up and walk up to a small shop close to Strutts to buy a bottle
of milk. Between my flat and the shop was a retirement home, and on the
way back I'd sit and talk to a couple of the residents under those wonderful
old trees. BTW, I sent your url to my wifes mother in Portland last week,
and she replied that Derby is now on her list of places to visit.
Sincere gratude for all the work you've put in to the site.
your photos are absolutely fabulous.. Better each time I visit. My only
complaint is that my girlfriend now insists on going to Derby/Derbyshire
as a result of viewing the pics... It'll cost a fortune :-)
Again many thanks
for the magnificent photos. I've sent emails out to friends, and family.
My sister called me after looking at the site, and said to tell you "That
is really really really good stuff", and then proceeded to ramble
on and on for almost an hour about Derby.
Brilliant site! I will return to it often.
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