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DERBY HERITAGE WALK 1
I. The walk sets off from outside the Tourist Information Centre, and crosses the north side of the Market Place, where markets were probably first held about 900 years ago.
1. ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Built by Casson, Conder and Partners between 1973 and 1977, to replace the 17th century Newcastle House and former Assembly Rooms. Following a fire in 1963, the main building was demolished, but the façade was carefully removed and re-erected at the National Tramway Village at Crich. The Tourist Information Centre now stands on the site of the old building.
2. FRANCEY’S HOUSE
Built in 1695 for Alderman William Francey it replaced a previous house built by his uncle 55 years previously. An eight-bay four storey house, it once had two first-floor rooms with frescoed ceilings by Francis Bassano.
A view of the Guildhall from the north side of the Market Place, just before turning up Iron Gate.
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PLACES TO VISIT ON THIS WALK
Derby Cathedral (01332 341201) dominates the skyline with its impressive Perpendicular Tower, the second highest in England to the Boston Stump. Light and spacious inside, the iron screen by Robert Bakewell is an inspirational masterpiece in this proud and beautiful building. Concerts and special events take place throughout the year. Open daily.
The Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History (01332 255308) was the first factory in England where all the processes were carried out under one roof and utilising one source of power and is now a World Heritage site. It has now been converted into a museum where you can discover the facts about Rolls-Royce aero-engines, the history of railways and coal mines and much more. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year Break.
Pickford’s House Museum (01332 255363) housed in a handsome Grade I listed building, built in 1769 by Derby architect, Joseph Pickford for his own occupation. It was opened as a museum in 1988 and delightfully recreates a scene of Georgian domestic life with splendidly furnished rooms and fine costume displays. Open daily apart from during the Christmas and New Year break.
Derby Cathedral Coffee Shop, (tel. 01332 381685) located opposite the Cathedral Centre, offers an award winning cafe and Gift Shop, selling local produce, a display of the Treasures of the Cathedral, a Biblical Garden and an Education Centre. The Coffee Shop serves light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and a wide range of teas and coffees. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.30pm.
**The Coffee Shop, won Best Tea/Coffee Shop in the 2004 Derbyshire Food and Drinks Awards.
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