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| Guest book entries for December 2004
Oh my...what memories you brought back to me. I left Derby in 1986 at
25 years old.....this was the first time I had felt homesick....thank
you for an awesome site.
Thank you for providing myself and Melbourne Infant School with photographs
of the buildings in Melbourne. The photographs are a wonderful resource
and will be used to teach the children about the variety of buildings
to be found in a small location.
These digitzed then and now photos are stunning. They've given me great
pleasure. Over the last year I've shown the pictures to a number of
people, all of them delighted by them. I collect then and now books,
but none of them compare to your pictures. They are wondrous.
Found your site by searching the name " J C Lee Watchmaker and
Jewellers, Market Place Ashbourne" which appears on the inside
of two jewel cases containing the bracelet and lavalier given to my
maternal grandmother (Clarice Gee of Hemelhempstead Herts.) by my grandfather
(Daniel Sutton) as a wedding gift around 1910. Enjoyed the picture of
| Guest book entries for November 2004
I have just found your website and I'm absolutely delighted!!
My Grandad use to be Lady Harrington's chauffeur around 73 years ago,
his name is Alfred Mould . His three children Mary Jean and James lived
in the castle grounds along with his wife Gladys. We as descendants
of Alfred Mould !3 children numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren
have found it a privilege to visit Elvaston Castle and its grounds and
have for many years including Halloween treasure hunts with our children
and summer walks at least 10 times annually.
Thanks for your broadband Enhanced 360 picture of Aston on Trent. My
Grandmother lived there until 1979 (when I was 9) and this brought back
memories of my visits.
| Guest book entries for October 2004
I just wanted to
say that your website has been a really valuable resource to me in the
last couple of months. I am the current Envoy from Derby to our twin
city in Germany, Osnabrueck, and I have been using your site to learn
more about Derby than I ever thought possible!
The twinning office here is looking at organising an international town-twinning photo competition in the next few months. The idea will be to show off Derby to all of Osnabrueck's other twin cities as well as Osnabrueck. If it goes ahead, you will be the first person I contact and recommend to enter!
Keep up the good
work, and I will keep reading it.
Your site is very interesting Andy. Being from Mickleover, the photo
of my home street (Devonshire Drive) was of massive interest & a
Keep up the good work.
Hi, I can never understand why people who are born and live in Derby
say they don't like the place. I think it is so special, it takes 5
mins to reach to the green countryside, the city centre is not to big
so your feet do not get tried however, there is still plenty of shops
to go at. There is a bit of everything for anyone of any ages.
I used to live in Holbrook,
and I just wanted to say, that your photos brought it back so vividly...and
made me a bit homesick!
Photographs have a way of connecting us to our past, reminding us of
where we came from and where we are going to. A simple 'thank you' seems
so inappropriate here, and your skill behind the lens is without question.
Your photographs have brought back memories so vivid, I could almost
reach out and touch them.
| Guest book entries for September 2004
is a great website. I enjoyed the pictures since I hope to visit Derby
Heights was my favourite destination for cycle trips when I was
much younger in the 50's and worth visiting for the fine views.
really enjoyed these photos, they gave me a lot of information to do
my report on a local town.
I hope you will add more in the future as time allows.
How excellent, I'd like to compliment you on such an amazing range of photos and what a site to behold especially as I am like my father (a history buff and romatically in love with the old) I think what you do in your spare time is wonderful.
I have recently returned from the UK to visit a small part of my family (Didnt get to see all of my Aunties, Uncles & Cousins) and unfortunately as the weather didnt permit me to visit even Chatsworth House (Winter Months) I have not seen all of your site yet as I'm waitng for my father to visit so we can see it together.
Look forward to seeing it all in its glory very soon. Keep up the valuable work you do as it is lovely to see where I came from.
Yours in wonder
| Guest book entries for August 2004
Having just moved to Derbyshire from down south we wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful selection of pictures on the site. In particular the Broadband Enhanced pictures are really breathtaking in their clarity and detail. We shall return!
It has made us want
to explore even more of this beautiful county.
Andy, Just to say well done on the great web site.
I came across your
site, purely by accident, whilst trying to find information on my property,
Derby Road, Aston On Trent. I believe Brickmakers were known to have
lived in my house and friends advised me that information appeared in
Good Luck in the future and once again thanks for your superb photographs.
Andy, This is a truly fantastic site!!
I would really love
to see photos of the original Webster family home situated on the corner
of St Mary's Gate/Main Road, Wirksworth, if any exist. I'll keep looking
out for them.
Thankyou Andy for all you have done.
was so pleased to see the photos etc. of Derby having lived there most
of my life.
Photo's are great, have noticed just how cleen and tidy Derby looks.
nice site with good pictures that bring back memories of Derby, I was
born down the West End, Parker Street in 1953, and moved over the other
side of Uttoxeter Old Road Bridge to live in Parcel Terrace around 1958.
web-site, Our family moved from Wales to Derby when I was 3 years old
and we lived there until I was 15, we lived on Stenson Road just up
towards the city center from the Blue Pool, I remember well playing
in the bus shelter (it made a perfect size goal) and buying flake bars
at the news agents at the bottom of the hill on Stenson Rd. I also spent
much of my childhood playing football at Sunnyhill park and placing
pennies on the railroad tracks and the excitment of the steam trains
squashing our coins. I have been back to Derby a couple of times since
moving to the states but have not visited in over 12 years.
site is fasinating - lots of work - I am impressed as I used to live
in Derby- I know the areas of Allenton and Alvaston - went to school
at Shelton Lock and have not visited for over 30 years.
web site, I will be back to carry on veiwing more pages, congrats on
the time lapse photos from
| Guest book entries for June 2004
was born and raised in South street Across from the Dog track in 1936.
laid out site easy to navigate and more importantly it holds all the
history of Derby.
| Guest book entries for May 2004
you to Andy for showing the beautiful pictures of Repton
School on your website. My 6th grade class is reading the memoirs
of Roald Dahl who attended Repton. My class has been comparing Dahl's
experiences at school with their own. One of the things my students
will be looking at is the age of schools and curriculum provided compared
with schools in the US. The pictures of Repton help to make the unit
interesting and relevant.
I am very excited indeed to have finally thought to do a Google search for a site such as yours. I love my family history, but have become stuck as my very precious Great Grandfather was born in Breadsall.
The atlas of England
must be a bit slack as it does not indicate Breadsall, only a dam!
cool is this!!!?? Derby rocks and it deserves its own website and this
one does it justice!
was particularly impressed with the photos of Calke
and the Stained glass window of the church.
my name is Carmel R. Bridgart. I can't thank you enough for allowing
me to see photos of St. John' Church (Cnr. of Mill & Bridge St.)
He died in Adelaide
on 3/6/1868 leaving his estate to his nephew John Thomas.
Please consider this my support of the replacement boar statue for your Aboretum, the original having been damaged during WWII.
I understand there is some protesting going on, (pigs, etc. being unclean in certain cultures), but for crying out loud this is a statue we're talking about!!!!
England, I beg you, please stay the course. Restore the park, the boar statue, and be proud!
We can only imagine
what Mr. Strutt would think of all this.
| Guest book entries for April 2004
just want to say how interesting your website is.
you Andy for bringing back so many good memories of my beloved Derbyshire
I was born in Ripley and emigrated to Australia 37 yrs ago for the sake
of our children but the memories keep returning keep up the good work
and give yourself a pat on the back.
I just wanted to
say "Thank You" for bringing me back in time. I was born in
Derby and attended Littleover School in 1983 (my first year) before
moving to the U.S. I just viewed the picture that you have posted and
unfortunately, I was not in the third year, so I was not included. However,
I did recognize a few familiar faces (I had alot of friends of the family
that attended and just so hppened to be in the third year). It has brought
back some wonderful memories of my childhood in the UK.
And hey, if anyone remembers me, feel free to contact me via this site. I can't remember my teachers name, but the class was 1YW. And also, prior to that I attended Dale School in Normanton, Derby.
Nice site mate. After hearing the B.B.G.
Floodlights where taken down yesterday I felt the need to go down
memory lane again and see the B.B.G. and your site brought back some
brill memorys. Especially the win agaisnt Palace. Shame we are in the
situation we are in now though.
Really enjoyed your Derby Website Pictures. Particularly the old/new
fade in and out photos. VERY nicely done. I also am interested in
Photography and re-created in color some Victorian pictures from the
"Sherlock Holmes in London" book by Charles Viney. I love
the old Victorian Era Pictures especially when someone compares them
to Modern days like you did on your site. Again, Good Job and very well
done with the fade ins and outs. My Wife and I hope to return to the
U.K. as soon as finances allow. (Summer 2005 probably).
| Guest book entries for March 2004
This is such a delightful site! I have never been to Derbyshire so I really enjoyed the pictures.
I am American and my husband is British, from Hampshire. I enjoy all things English, and I just had to comment on how much I enjoy your site.
Best regards from America,
would like to tell you the photo you have on your site has made a 92
year old woman who left England age 13 with 2 postcards of Derby very
happy Both of the post cards are almost identical to the pictures you
have here and she was amazed to see how the place is now.
No questions Andy just praise! I spend quite a bit of time looking at Then & Now photos on the web & this is by far the best I've seen.
Couldn't leave your site without showing my appreciation.
Some sites involve flitting from picture to picture ,whereas, the fading format used here is ideal for someone like me who really enjoys seeing the 'then & now'
Also I'd just like to say you've taken some truly fabulous photographs.
Once again, thanks
& keep it up!
I have only been gone from Derby for a year, whenever I get home sick
I like to look at your pictures.
Very many thanks
for pointing me in the direction of the photographs of both The Green
Man (Now Ryans Bar) and the Canal Tavern. The photo of Ryans Bar is
really great and we shall be visiting Derby soon to see the real thing.
We had been searching for photos of the Canal Tavern for some time and
to see those was a real bonus, even if it was when it was being demolished!
Your site is a real blessing to those of us who are researching family
in the area, enabling us to put people in the context of places.
had been very curious regarding a death certificate of my Great-Grandfather
Mr John Hadfield.
What I really can't understand what ever possessed my Great-Grandfather to relocate here in Nova Scotia. He moved here to become a coal miner and his sons followed in his footsteps. A few generations passed before most of us got away from the coal industry. The Hatfield/Hadfield family had become a well know name in this part of Nova Scotia and other have spread into the Eastern States of United States. None of the descendants are working in the traditional coal industry. Lessons learned early in life.
Anyway Andy, I
want to thank you again for your time, I found it very interesting and
was I able to gather all the information that was needed to satisfy
my particular needs.
Diane and Wally
| Guest book entries for February 2004
ancestors hail from your area. Thanks for the information and photos
of the village of Smalley.
enjoyed looking at your photo's / website as many of my ancestors came
Thanks for any info
you might have on this bit of history.
used to live near Ashbourne and went to school there so enjoyed looking
at this year's Shrovetide
Football pictures. I haven't been since 1980.
moved to Norwich to go to uni here, but I really miss Derby sometimes,
and this website is just brilliant for helping me remember good old
was so impressed with the photography. I arrived at your website via
Duffield while researching my Atterbury family genealogy going back
to 1757. I am an Anglophile, and watch BBC as often as possible.
Hello there Andy,
Thank you so much
for putting your photographs on the Web. They are a
Thank you again,
they are greatly appreciated.
| Guest book entries for January 2004
I lived in Mickleover
from 1930 to 1955, and I regret it’s taken till now to come across
the site. What a super collection of photos, many of which bring back
happy memories of my youth.
Frank (Noel) Grimshaw.
Andy, sad to see the old B.B.G. go in such a manner. I have always been a fan of the Titanic and I was hoping when they located the ship it would be as pristine as the day it sank. Alas, with both the ground and the ship that is not the way of it for old wrecks. I have been a fan of English football since the early 80's (so not very long in true fanatic terms) but many of the older grounds that I visited are either gone or have been refurbished beyond recognition.
The Dell, Manor
Ground (was at both) now gone. Never been to but always loved the BBG,
Roker Park, Ayresome, Plough Lane, Filbert Street. All these new places
named for crisp makers or cell phone companies (NO CHARACTER). Old Trafford
(was there for an F.A. Cup tie in early '83)
As always, your
site kicks butt.
Regards, Bill Young
- Many thanks again for giving an ex Derby County player a last look
at the old Baseball
first visit to this site Andy. Fascinating!
Derby folk appreciate their local foods?.
Thanks you for taking photos and posting them on your site
P.S. Ancestors are all buried in Newall cemetery in a family type plot named Boulton & Brierly.
site is toooooo good for words.......I can only say Wow!!!! Andy you
Andy, you have taken ALL the photos that I would have done, I was planning on taking some just before moving to Canada.....it makes me wanna cry at leaving such a greaaaattt city, and I view your web site every few months to reminece...... DERBY IS FANTASTIC CITY.
I used to go to all the nite-clubs: Pink Coconut, Romeo/Juliet, Blue Note, Paradise, Jelly-Rolls etc....and to the pubs at Blue Pool, Sherwood Foresters, John Thompson, Vines at Sadler Gate, The Bell, .....Masons & Nags Head & The Robin in Mickleover.....too many to mention. Quick mention for Wilmorton & Mackworth Colleges.....great basketball teams!!!
Remember the store
RANBY'S??? The Co-Op and Woolworths near Ranbys, I got my first railway
set from a toy/model shop where the Castle & Falcon pub is now....in
the 60's the open market was opposite the toy shop (does anyone remember
the name of toy shop????.....send me e-mail).
you........cheers Andy!!!! and luv to all in-Derby, and all ex-Derby.
emigrated to Canada in 1953 and have visited England several times since
then. The past two times I bought a narrowboat and cruised the canals
for four months each time.
brilliant site - 1st-class in every way, thank you.
absolute "gem" of a site, Congratulations!
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