Breadsall - Triangles
w/e 10 December 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Breadsall is a small village just to the north of Derby and four roads in the centre of the village are roughly in the shape of a trapezium with a small triangular areas at each of the four corners.

This sketch shows the four main roads, the triangular junctions and the positions of some of the locations photographed.

Rectory Ln/Moor Rd

The first triangular island with a telephone kiosk in the middle of it is at the junction of Rectory Lane (running left to right) and Moor Road.
Church House

The second is the junction of Moor Road on the right with Church Lane to the left with the entrance to the church itself on the immediate left. The cottage on the right is called "Church House".
All Saints

The Parish Church in Breadsall, All Saints, has parts that date back many years and the oldest part in the South Door area is believed to be from about 1150. The tower and chancel date from the thirteenth century and further alterations and refurbishments have been carried out as would be expected, over the years. Extensive restoration took place in 1915/16 at a cost of about £11,000 following a fire thought to have been the work of militant suffragettes that destroyed many ancient books.
War Memorial

Breadsall's War Memorial, a Celtic Cross with Wheel, stands within the churchyard at All Saints and records the names of those from the village who gave their lives in the two World Wars.
The Old Hall

Across Moor Road from the church and seen here from the churchyard is the mediaeval Grade II* listed Old Hall. Formerly the residence of the Harpur* family, it has served many purposes over the years including that of a hunting lodge, school, public-house, shop, rectory and village hall. Old maps from the 1880s and into the next century show that it was the village Post Office.

*The Harpur-Crewe estate was founded in the early 1500s by Richard Harpur who was a solicitor in London. One of his ancestors, Henry Harpur married Lady Jane Crewe, and Heiress. The family seat is at Calke Abbey, Melbourne, near Derby. (source BBC Domesday Reloaded)

Also standing on Moor Road is the Church of England Primary School . Sir John Harpur-Crewe, (1824 - 1886) who served as the High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1853 financed the building of the school which was built by George Crewe in 1837.
Brookside Road

Another triangular area separates Station Road (right) from Brookside Road with Church Lane joining the junction from the left.
Dam Brook

In the opposite direction along Brookside Road the left hand side is flanked by Dam Brook, an ancient water course crossed now by a number of small bridges giving access to the properties on this side of the road.
Brookfields Farm

At Brookfields Farm (now redeveloped as Osborne Court) opposite Brookside Road's junction with Rectory Road, Dam Brook passes under the road in a culvert before heading off towards Little Eaton.
Village Shop

It's at that same junction there is yet another triangular area overlooked by the Village Shop with the spire of All Saints clearly visible behind. The shop made the news in July 2012 when the brook overflowed following heavy rain causing extensive flooding in the village. Although some people may have got lost around the Breadsall triangles and even though the village was in the news, I don't think, unlike the Bermuda Triangle, anyone has actually disappeared here .... yet!

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