Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Two went to Derby

So this is my first proper visit to Derby - the once county town of our beloved Derbyshire.  I read that it is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, as the first ever factory was built here - Lombe's Mill.  It's closed down in recent years as the Derby Industrial Museum but is on the rise again as the Derby Silk Mill - this will definitely require another Derby excursion.

But this, and the rail and Rolls Royce history, goes some way to understanding why there are such magnificent buildings and such a grand cathedral in the centre of town.

So come along with us on a wander from Chapel Street to the Guildhall, by way of blue plaques, clocks, cathedrals, theatres and markets . . .
one of many famous Derby residents
Once the 2nd tallest church tower in the country
Struck by the fabulous play of light as soon as you enter

and fancy, Bess of Hardwick is buried here - wow!
her tomb!!
lovely reflected patterns of the ironwork on the pillars - light dancing around
Stunning rood screen by Robert Bakewell, early 18th Century
All Souls window - the dark struggle
All Saints window - the triumph of light
the fabulous Derby Assembly Rooms
entrance to the Guildhall Theatre and the market behind
the utterly amazing market building with fabulous balcony all the way round
and the unresistable temptation of real Derbyshire pyclets to take home!
So, David, thank you for a brilliant day and if you can host another tour of Derby then it would be much appreciated!!

Bit of an in joke with the title I'm afraid - it's our 3-song 'Ritual' at the Black Bull carolling sessions when we come to 'Six Jolly Miners' and the bit:
"Two came from Derby and two from Derby town,
the others came from Oughtibridge an' they all came tumblin' down . . ."
Always comes to mind when I think of Derby

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