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| Guest book entries for December 2003
I found your web page in a general search for information about early
Victorian canal warehouse buildings.
I was just writing to compliment you on the site - it is great, especially for me here in Italy to wander around my birth place Swarkestone and then onto where I lived afterwards Melbourne, and then around my old haunts in Ticknall etc. Really lovely photos too - especially of Swarkestone and my old house, The Crewe and Harpur!
best regards and all the best for the New Year and of course, Happy Christmas.
Just to say nice photos, (I my self am from Long Eaton) have a nice
Hi Andy, Viewing your website , has brought many memories back for me,
I was born in Fisher Street , in 1939.
| Guest book entries for November 2003
Andy, I found your photos of the Queen's
visit on your website BEFORE I saw any photos in the local press!
I know how busy you must be Andy, but having just spent a great two hours reading and viewing your pages - we had to say thank you. We left Derby in '55 after Bert had completed 10 years playing for the Rams.
We have been "back
home" many times and feel sorry to see the team in such a mess
now. How times do change. Don't think we will be returning for a holiday
now too often as Bert celebrated his 80th in September. Getting a bit
too old these days ... and the pensions don't stretch too far either.
We have many great
memories from the Baseball Ground and Bert often says when we view the
games today, on those pitches that look like billiard tables - "If
only the pitch that we played on in November had been like
Wishing you and
your family the very best of everything Andy and here's hoping you can
keep your site going for a long, long time........
| Guest book entries for October 2003
I was born in Derby and this web site is amazing, one day I will get
back to England to see what I am missing, god bless you and good luck.
I really enjoyed the photos , I visited this place especially Staunton
Harold and I will never for get it. You captured it beautifully. In
the year 2000 I came with the Shirley Association of the USA. We were
entertained royal there. I love the countryside. And I love the English
people as well we belong to it , It was like going home and loved visiting
all the churches.
my memory going or wasn't there a Golden Gains on Peartree Road too,
on the left as you came from
We lived on Dashwood
Street from 1964 to 1977 and then we lived on Fairfax Road Apollo Discounts
was located at the back of where Kwik Fit Tyres is/was and Cut Price
was between Dashwood and Moore St. I remember Arthur Raynes butcher
at the bottom of Normanton Road and his bag of peppermints he used to
share out if us kids went shopping with Mum. My older sister can remember
Pete's cafe which was across the road from the Church on the corner
of the infamous Rosehill Street! Another favourite of us kids was J
The man who founded
Golden Gains was John Barnes (ex Tank Regiment). He also owned 'Talk
of the Midlands' on Mill Street. Also owned Stork Club at Hucknall.
Brilliant site, have spent hours looking through it and it will take
many more. I was born in Spondon and left there in 1985, still have
a Daughter and Grandkids living there. Spent many happy days tramping
around Derbyshire and rock climbing.
| Guest book entries for September 2003
This is a wonderful site. Being Derby born, it is a pleasure to view
the contents. Not having lived there since the mid fifties, this site
brings back great memories.
is great for finding the old/obscure.
been born in Derby in 1954, followed by my brother in 1957 and sister
in 1960, we moved to Glasgow in Scotland with our parents in 1966 and
then to Troon in 1969. My brother has built a house in Troon and has
named it "Allestree House". The house overlooks the Royal
Troon Golf Course.
Everyone, I have just finished going through the Derby site and it is
Thank you and please keep it going!!
lived in Derby all my life until 1999 when I moved to the USA with my
American wife. This site brings back a lot of memories, even though
it's apparent there have been quite a few changes in the four years
since I left Derby.
a great site! As a born and bred Borrowash lad now resident in Texas
these pics and facts brought a lump to my throat and swelled my heart
am very happy to leave a comment about the unforgettable Derby. In this
warm place I spent a month (14 July 2002-11 August 2002) of my life
and I am keeping an incandescent reminiscence in my heart. Mine was
a linguistic trip or let me say a paradisiacal trip thanks to the welcoming
of my host family (Thanks a lot Noreen) and also thanks to the marvelous
friends who shared my euphoria. To sum up it was one of the best months
of my life where the Zanzibar, and Susumi where my favourites. I also
spent a lot of time in the Walkabout with my lovely group of friends:
Nadia, Hela, Salma, Fatma, Saoussen and Temim. This was night time but
that's only because my words would be vain in front of the legendary
beauty of the country side in Derbyshire.
I was born and raised in Derby (1959-1978) and enjoyed the site immensely. However, I have a couple of questions.
1) Has anyone ever remarked that the Blue Peter at Alvaston is exactly the same design as the 'Ship Inn' at Burgh road/Roman Bank junction in Skegness? Which of course was a favourite haunt for many Derbyshire people on their annual holidays.
Having lived in Davenport Road (off Osmaston rd) for all my time in
Derby , I'm surprised that you don't have any photos of the Royce's
gate at the junction of Hawthorne st.
a remarkable website!
very nice site, the images are incredible. I enjoyed the rural and the
city images very much.
site is interesting as well as informative. Enjoyed browsing through
finding a place called Stenson! I shall be there in September and plan
| Guest book entries for August 2003
what a great site, I have only just found it through a friend in Australia,
and so I can see me spending many hours looking through all the messages
and photos of Derby. I moved to Australia in 1980 with my wife and family
from Allestree and although Australia is a great place to live I miss
Derby and England very much.
Luck to everyone
is a very good site. I have been looking at it a lot, with regard to
researching my family tree.
pictures of Long Row, Belper. We stayed there last Nov, and will be
back this spring.
guestbook is wonderful. My Grandmother was born at lll Kedleston Rd.,
Derby ...Her father was Arthur Paxton...when he died in 1929 he left
the following children: Arthur Paxton, Fred Paxton, Mrs.Abraham, Mrs.
Smith, Mrs. Brick, Mrs. Groom, Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Nadin, and Mrs. Molyneux.
Arthur Paxton Sr. was a collector of income tax for the Derby Central
Area., he is interred at the Nottinham Road Cemetery. He was a bell
ringer at All Saints Church.
much enjoyed visiting your site. Derby seems to have such an abundance
of pubs and other entertainment now - at least in comparison to the
60's. no pictures of the nottingham road area though?
| Guest book entries for July 2003
My grandfather used to live in Newton Solney, he lived in a row of cottages - I think called sunnyside. This was back in the 60s. His name was Astle. He used to be the coal man in Newton back years ago.
My memory is very
hazy, but I remember the Beehive Cottage and going down the lanes in
a hay cart with my Uncle Jack Astle who lived in Newton too. The Astle
family was my grandfather (Frederick Arthur), My grandmother, and their
3 children, Arthur, Jack and Mary. I don't suppose anyone remembers
them after all these years, but if they do please contact me.
a beautiful and informational web-site you have!
website. My great, great grandfather, John Wenn, is buried with his
wife, Emily, in the churchyard of St. Peters (d. 1908), which I visited
some years ago. I know he was a clergyman, but I do not know from which
church, and I had no time to check for further information on him, or
any other Wenns that might still be in the area. If there is any possibility
of obtaining some particular information about my ancester, that would
be wonderful. However, I realize this is probably not possible.. At
least it is very nice to view the town where my paternal family began
their trek to America. Hope to return someday for another visit.
| Guest book entries for June 2003
dropping a note to tell you how great the Now and Then section of your
a relatively new resident of Derbyshire (only five years) I found the
Now and Then section of your site to be absolutely SUPERB, although
I must commend you on a thoroughly informative, well thought out and
presented web site.
site is absolutely fantastic, it makes you really look at the buildings
around you ,it also makes you realise how much of derby's heritage is
being lost almost on a daily basis.
Andy. My fiance and I have just seen your pictures and we both like
them for different reasons, him because he is from Derbyshire and is
missing it right now (where are the pictures of Belmont School in Swadlincote?)
and me because I will be living in England with him sooner and love
seeing pictures of your country.
B and V
Website, nice to see my pub online as well, I also found the historical
| Guest book entries for May 2003
am stunned by the amount of work that must have gone into the Then
and Now photography project.
done a brilliant job with this site, Andy. I think it is very attractive
and for an expatriate like me shows me the views I want to see over
and over again.
a) To the Christian
All the best,
a wonderful web page, Andy. I will visit Derby when I go to England
family and I intend, someday, to visit England. I think your wonderful
website has just swayed us to visit the Midlands rather than another
Thank you, Sherril
Andy, Many thanks. Derby holds many fond memories for me. Plew's guest house on Utoxeter New Road. McConnell's Advertising next door to Plew's. The Vine pub, run by Les and (the aptly named Ivy) Shirley. I used to sweep up after closing, so that Les could give me a "staff" drink. Alice Baker in The White Horse and sidekick Charles, with the penciled on moustache.
Pints for 11p, fags for 18p and petrol for 33p a gallon.
But mostly working in W.W.Winters with Hubert King, his mum, his uncle Austen and the inimitable Charlie Barson who taught me more darkroom tricks than most folk have had hot dinners.
for the pics Andy. Brilliant website, really liked the collection of
pics, you've got all of Derby on here! Been to Derby a few times, the
best place on earth, really enjoyed my time there and the pics you provided
me just made my day. Thank you v much :)
excellent site, a lot of work has gone into producing this very informative
photographic record of all things Derby and Derbyshire, looking forward
to seeing Long Eaton added in the near future.
This is a very impressive and useful site for all of us ex-pats. My
family tree is from the Ockbrook/Borrowash/Spondon locality since about
1800, and my small branch emigrated to Canada and the United States
in 1956. We have lived in Mercer Island, Washington State since 1965.
The new Then & Now page is absolutely excellent and the best example I've seen of this kind of thing so far. I hope to see more stuff on Derbyshire later on.
It reminds me of something wonderful I saw 30 years ago - an antique Italian tourist book of famous sites in Rome. A late Victorian or Edwardian publication with printed photos and with what looked like hand washed colour.
Each photograph was hand coloured and had an overlay on semi-transparent tissue paper which included on it super realistic illustrations of the Roman buildings as they would have appeared at various times in the days of the Roman Empire.
The book was owned by a friend and I tried very hard to get something like it. There was nothing contemporary like it available. It seemed such an obvious idea and a likely money spinner. So is this Andy.
Now with care and patience and computers this kind of thing is practical and possible... and absolutely fascinating. Great job.
Chris Rockliffe, U.K.
You for a wonderful site, I often click on to it especially when I feel
homesick. Derby is a great city and Derbyshire must be one of the most
stunning counties in Britain,thank you
really looking for this but still Fantastic , interesting , must look
again too much to see in one
'then and nows'. Congratulations!
'then and nows'. Congratulations!
| Guest book entries for April 2003
I love this site!!!!! I have been looking for any information on my
past family history and found that we are from Derbyshire. I have just
started looking and from what I have found so far we go back to the
year 1066. (That is if I am on the right track). If you come across
any info on the surname of "Underwoode" would send me a short
e-mail? I know that you get many requests and I understand if you can't.
Again, thank you for such a great web site. Keep up the great work and
keep us informed.
was born in Newhall, grew up in Midway and went to school in Swadlincote
and Ashby. I attended Emmanuel Parish Church in Swad.
was born and raised in Derby England and moved to America 17 years ago.
I visit home where my family lives on an annual basis. Just recently
I was speaking with a co-worker about my home town and just for kicks
went on the internet and typed in Photos of Derby England, Not at ALL
expecting a result! To my pleasant surprise I found your Website and
was almost in tears with joy!
had the pleasure of visiting Derbyshire recently in order to do some
hiking & hill walking. What a wonderful experience for me.
I lived in Little Eaton for twenty years before moving to South Wales. I very much enjoyed the pictures, especially of the village school which I went to and have fond memories of.
The church holds many fond memories for me. I was christened there in 1964 and confirmed in the church.
The village green in front of the church fills me with memories of the great carnivals we used to have with floats of all descriptions setting off from Coxbench where I used to live.
Thankyou for putting this web page together.
Carolyn Dennis (nee
grew up to teen-age years in Whitaker St., Normanton Hotel area before
serving in Merchant Navy during the latter War years '44 - 46. Left
for New Zealand 1948. Have enjoyed re-visiting Derby six times.
have now spent sometime perusing your incredibly well crafted site and
it gives me great pleasure to know that other people are so proud of
the town (I know it's city, but for the locals it will always be Derby
town) with which we live in. Your reference to the vikings and the origin
of the name is absolutely spot on, it was on radio Derby about two months
ago. I could go on but it's getting late now.
| Guest book entries for March 2003
lived in Derby from 1985-1998 and I miss the place dearly. Derby has a
special place in my heart
My grandfather's last name is Derby, and the family can trace it's roots
back to Derby, England.
Since reading this
story, I've never been able to find it. Do you know this story and if
so could you email it to me. My kids would really get a kick out of it.
Loved your site. We lived in Allestree from August 2000 to June 2001 and
miss your fine city a LOT.
Elaine Taylor Turchyn
Andy, what a great site.
Congratulations on your site. The pictures have brought back many memories for me.
Born In the Cavendish Buildings in Brook St Derby Grew up at 62 Brook
St, Mother was Ethel nee Moran
| Guest book entries for February 2003
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you so much for giving us an afternoon of pleasure and memories.
Joseph lived in Derby until 1959 and migrated with his then wife and two
sons to South Australia.
great site, I found the photo of St Michael & All Saints church in
alvaston. My farther is at rest their along with all the buxton family
going back many years. Just along road is the blue peter pub,great nights
out in the 60's local band called the imps,went to allenton school,now
gone, have you any photos of school?.1958 to 1965
I have become interested in the life of my Great Grandmother Thurza Maria Tagg born in 1877 in Swadlincote, Derbyshire and I have her marriage certificate which shows that she married my Great Grandfather Thomas Sharp at the Emmanual Church. Thank you so much for allowing me to see a picture of the church they married in. It's absolutely amazing what you can get on the internet.
| Guest book entries for January 2003
Andy, I am very impressed with your Website. You have done a great job,
Keep up the great work. The Pics are excellent too. I love the Christmas
ones, that is my favorite time of the year and the Matlock Bath one is
a favorite of mine too, as I have looked at many of your Pics. Thank you
Tims website HERE
site - shows an eye for detail and dispolays a love of subject. The range
of photographs is encyclopedic. We subscribe to the Derbyshire Life as
my wife came from Derbyshire originally. Nice for her to be able to revisit
I am thoroughly enjoying your site. The photos are wonderful and the comments
you make add so much to them. My great-great grandmother was from somewhere
in Derbyshire. I've visited the area twice and it's lovely. Such a lot
of work you've done and I'm sure everyone has enjoyed it all as much as
I am searching for answers to my Ancestral Home. I have been told we started
out in Chaddesden and that my people came from Derbyshire. Can you give
me any in-sight on this?
Andy, just reading some of the nice comments about your site from all
like to say this site is fantastic. I've lived in Derby all my life and
love looking back on old photo's and seeing what those places are like
now. I've even got my husband interested and he's from Scotland!
your pictures are beautiful! I have never been to England, but through
your wonderful website I feel like I at least have some idea what it is
like. Spent a very pleasant 2 hours looking at the photos & reading.
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