Derby's Heritage Part 06 - Jury to Jurys
w/e 27 June 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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It took a while to decide on the title "Jury to Jurys" for this part of the walk but then I realised it started on Jury Street and ended near the new Jurys Hotel. For the most part, the route along Walker Lane and Cathedral Road is running in the opposite direction and parallel to St Mary's Gate that we followed in Part 5 returning us almost to Derby Cathedral but then we turn away from the cathedral and proceed along Queen Street.

Magistrate's Court

With Jury Street to the right and Walker Lane in front, the building on the corner is the rear of the Magistrates' Court, the impressive seventeenth century stone frontage of which we admired from St Mary's Gate in the previous part. This rear view serves as a good example of how new architecture can be merged with existing structures without detriment to the old .

Cathedral RoadJoseph Wright CentreThere are however several plots in this area where buildings have been demolished. To the left, hoardings form the boundary of one plot but standing beyond is the Joseph Wright Centre which opened in 2005. Part of Derby College it is named after Derby's famous eighteenth century artist. Our route though lies directly ahead along Walker Lane immediately leading into Cathedral Road (right).
Leisure Centre

The main building on Cathedral Road is the Queen's Leisure Centre which originally opened as the Queen Street Swimming Baths on July 30 1932. Built at a cost of £79,250 it was designed by Charles Aslin, the Borough architect and in 1949 it played host to the National Swimming Championships. It also became the 1500 seater King's Hall during winter months when the pool was boarded over but despite several upgrades it closed in 1989 for three years to undergo a major refurbishment. It was during this time that the new entrance on Cathedral Road was created replacing the original Queen Street access and when reopened it also had a new name. The origin of the new name, the Queen's Leisure Centre, is due to the official opening being conducted by Queen Elizabeth II in April 1992 and not because of its previous link with Queen Street.
St Michael's

Cathedral Road ends at a crossroads with Queen Street to the left and the first building that becomes visible as we approach is St Michael's. I hesitate to say St Michael's "Church" as it has now been converted into offices but a church had been here since the time of the Domesday Book. During the eighteenth century it was used as a waterworks but a new church was built after the east gable fell in during a service in 1856. Designed by H. I. Stevens it was built in 1858 and is faced with stone to imitate the style of the thirteenth century. The large white tower block just visible to the left and behind St Michael's is the new Jurys Hotel.
Queen Street

It is not surprising to find that St Michael's seen here on the right of this image is no longer a church as it is sandwiched between the cathedral just a few steps away along Irongate and St Mary's Roman Catholic Church not much further away in the other direction along Queen Street.
Full St & Irongate

Our route is towards St Mary's but first we must pause to consider two more buildings visible from the crossroads. Directly ahead is Full Street and to the right is Irongate. The building on the corner of the two roads and worthy of closer inspection is the timber framed Olde Dolphin Inne, Derby's oldest public house.
The Dolphin

Standing in the shadow of the cathedral, the inn bears a sign showing the date 1530 and although the building dates back to that time, the first licence to sell alcohol was not issued until 1580. Derby is known as the ghost capital of England and there are several stories linked to the Dolphin including one where a blue lady walks through the walls and who has been seen by many customers. An extension to the inn in Full Street used to be a doctor's house and another story tells of how he used to dissect the bodies of criminals who had been hung although sometimes it is said, they were not all dead. Many bodies though were dissected in the Dolphin's cellar and it is now reported that it is haunted by a poltergeist that turns the taps of the beer kegs off.

In crossing the end of Full Street, it is worth noting the Old Silk Mill pub. Although our proposed route will return from a different direction towards the pub it is from this angle that the mural on the end wall can be best appreciated. The mural painted by the Derby Community Arts Project in the mid 1980s depicts the silk trades lock out of 1833 that lasted for some eight months.
St Mary's Church

Continuing along Queen Street and crossing King Street we are now approaching St Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Like many cities, Derby has undergone much redevelopment during the twentieth century to cater for an increased traffic flow and the inner ring road now passes in front of the church. A new footbridge over the road gives easy access to the church and an information board titled "St Alkmund's Bridge and Derby's public realm strategy" contains this opening paragraph: "The new foot and cycle bridge over St Alkmund's Way has been installed through Derby's Public Realm Strategy as part of the Heritage Walk from The Spot to St Mary's Church. The route follows part of an ancient track, older than the city itself that ran along the River Derwent and connected the River Trent to the High Peak."

The church, built between 1838 and 1844 to a design by Augustus Pugin, was his first major church and, completed by his son E. W. Pugin, was financed by the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, John Talbot. It is unusual in that rather than the normal east-west orientation, it lies on a north-south axis due to the confines of the site. After crossing the bridge and turning right in front of the tall Neo-Gothic Perpendicular tower, our route will now take us along a footpath at the side of St Alkmund's Way and be overlooked by the new Jurys Hotel and it is from here that we will continue the walk in the next part.
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