Ockbrook - Part 06 - Back Down The Hill
w/e 30 May 2004

We began our exploration of Ockbrook in December last year and since then we have learned that the village is actually two rolled into one. We left the old part of the village founded in the 6th century to walk up Bakehouse Lane to where the Moravian Church set up "The Settlement" on the hill to the north. Now we begin our descent back towards our starting point and the conclusion of the series in the next and final part.

On a clear day there are some excellent views from here across the surrounding countryside to the south of the village. We could retrace our steps down The Settlement and turn left at Greenside (see Part 2) but a convenient footpath across the green open space opposite the Moravian School is a useful shortcut.

Shopstones Cottages 1

From the corner of the tennis courts, the path leads to the road in front of a Shopstones Cottages. The two cottages numbered 9 and 11 (centre right) were built in 1799 and the garage at the side of number 9 was originally a workshop. Number 11 was designated initially by the Church Elders as the Girls' Boarding School which at that time comprised five day scholars and one boarder. The following year, 1800, larger premises were required and the school moved to Hillside which we saw in Part 5.
Shopstones Cottages 2 
In 1825 two more cottages, 13 and 15, were added at the left hand side of the row. At that time the cottages were inhabited by some of the stocking makers that had come to ply their trade in the village. The building on the far right of this picture is another that we saw earlier called Greenside (Part 2).
Old Post Office 
A left turn at Shopstones Cottages now takes us past this building which as the name plaque at the porch shows is known as the Old Post Office. It stands on the site of a barn complex which is where the Brethren preached when they first arrived in Ockbrook in 1739/40. Offering "quality goods at reasonable prices" it was converted in 1768 to the Moravian Congregation Shop and replaced by a new shop in 1820. It continued trading until the end of the 1920s when the shopkeeper, Mr John Orchard, died but by this time it was not a viable business.
An Ockbrook Jitty

The road in front of the cottages has now narrowed to become one of the village's many jittys and alleyways and here can be seen one of the cast iron lamp columns that still survives in Ockbrook. They were originally supplied by gas, conversion to electricity began in 1929 but the village lamp lighter could still be seen making his way around the village with ladder and taper as late as 1945.
Garden Shoppe

The particular jitty that we are following, now bisected by a fairly new development, eventually emerges onto Flood Street at the side of the Ockbrook Garden Shoppe. There is another cast iron lamp column here complete with ladder arms but in this view it is hidden in the shadows beneath the tree.

The shop was built in 1915 and for many years traded as a branch of the Derby Co-operative Society. The only evidence of this nowadays is to be seen in shop porch which still retains the initials DSC in the floor.

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