Belper - A Little Corner
w/e 28 June 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Most visitors to Belper will head for the busy main shopping street, the historic Mills or the Riverside Gardens and with just reason of course, but here we take a look at a little corner close to the town centre.

Road Junction

We approached the town centre along Nottingham Road part of the one-way system which becomes The Butts shortly before it changes to two-way at this road junction. The road on the left is also The Butts, to the right it changes to Lander Lane and straight ahead, although there is no through route for traffic, it is High Pavement.

Later we'll continue down High Pavement to the Market Place but first here's a look at a terrace of cottages on the corner of The Butts and Lander Lane.
Lych Gate

We walked along the path in front of the terrace to this old Lych Gate at the entrance to St John's Chapel.

Chapel Entrance

The chapel entrance was beautifully adorned with hanging baskets and troughs but the gate was closed and a notice related to the coronavirus explained why.
Heritage Centre

The chapel was erected in the thirteenth century and remained open for worship until the 1970s but now it serves the community as the St John's Chapel Heritage Centre.
Former School

We left the chapel grounds by another gate and walked down St John's Road back to The Butts where the large impressive building on the corner is a former school. The green door was the entrance for boys whilst that for girls is around the corner in St John's Road. The building has now been converted into residential apartments.

Next to the old school are the Matthew Smith Almshouses.


Stonework beneath the coat of arms on the front shows when they were originally erected in 1713 and also that they were rebuilt in 1829.
The Nag's Head

Leaving The Butts we headed down High Pavement passing The Nag's Head pub on the way. This has a Grade II listing which states the the facade dates from the first half of the 19th century but parts of the building may be older than this.
Market Place

At the bottom of High Pavement is the Market Place where the Drinking Fountain also Grade II listed was erected in 1881 to mark the paving of the Market Place by G. Strutt..
Flower Display

The Fountain is a permanent feature in the Market Place and was decorated with flowers but we ended our look at this little corner of Belper at a temporary feature close by - this impressive flower display.

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