Spondon - Nothing Happened
w/e 05 November 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Nothing Happened

If you believe the signs on doors in Spondon Village, nothing happened on September 3rd in 1732 and again in 1832 the same non-event took place but at a different location.

Village Hall

In all the years I have been touring the area, I must have driven through or been a bus passenger passing over the same roads numerous times but images of the village have never featured on this site. At a loss this week of anywhere else to go and with time pressing, we pulled onto the car park at Spondon Village Hall.

The Library stands next to the Village Hall.

I am as guilty as the next man for driving through Sitwell Street passing all these shops without giving them a second glance on the way into Derby. At one time Spondon was a village in its own right but now it has been swallowed up by the city of Derby and is only about four miles from the city centre.
The White Swan

The White Swan on the corner of Chapel Street (on the left) and Moor Street (right) at the end of Sitwell Street is another familiar landmark usually seen on the return journey from Derby. The original pub on this site just called The Swan is thought to date from about 1774.
Prince of Wales

Turning into Chapel Street leads to a less familiar area and only a few yards from the White Swan seen here on the right, is the Prince of Wales - another old pub with a history dating back to 1720.
The Village Club

The Village Club also on Chapel Street near to The Prince of Wales was formed in the late 1800s as the Spondon Conservative Club. In the present it now offers many facilities and hosts various events and the building housing the Village Club is inscribed with the date 1907 on the chimney stack.
Malt Shovel

Guzzlers Nook AlleyGuzzlers Nook SignWe walked round from Chapel Street into Potter Street via Hall Dyke, location of one of the "nothing happened" signs. In Potter Street the Malt Shovel stands on the site of the old malting house. It has been rebuilt twice but parts of the inn, which dates mainly from the late 18th or early 19th century, date back to 1680. Across from the inn is an alley (left) called Guzzlers Nook (right) but whether this is a comment of the patrons of the inn is purely supposition on my part!
Saint Werburgh's Church

Standing opposite the end of Potter Street is Saint Werburgh's Church. The church was built in 1390 and its spire visible from all around stands 114 foot (35m) high.
Strand Villas

Turning left at the end of Potter Street and walking just a few yards down Lodge Lane North returned us to Sitwell Street at the opposite end to The White Swan. As we headed back to the village centre we passed a terrace of cottages bearing the initials R.J.D. the name Strand Villas and the date A.D 1884. No mention though of whether anything happened or not.
Sitwell Street

An old trough at the side of the road now serves as a flower bed and the high wall looks as though it has been pointed up since its original build. In fact the wall around St Werburgh's Church is currently undergoing some restoration work so I think we're safe to assume those "nothing happened" signs in Spondon are no longer true.

Something that actually did happen in Spondon in 1856 was the unsolved murder of Enoch Stone which is mentioned in a work of fiction by Edward Marston called "Timetable of Death" one of his "Railway Detective" series. In the preface to the story set in 1859, he writes that he has had to "bend certain facts to make them fit into the narrative" but the action takes place in and around Spondon and is an easy to read, enjoyable detective tale. Read more about the book at the Historical Novel Society.

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