Derby has grown from a medieval market town to become a centre of industry. Derby was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution as following the silk mill and china factory established in the eighteenth century, it became home to heavy engineering following the arrival of the railways in the nineteenth century, as well as related iron and brass foundries. Later it became famous for the production of Rolls-Royce cars and aero engines. In the last century, much manufacturing has moved away and although the city is still associated with engineering, the face of Derby has changed significantly through street widening, housing clearance, retail centres, expansion into the surrounding countryside and the creation of suburbs, not to mention an inner ring road which saw the loss of some familiar landmarks despite providing two new bridges across the River Derwent. Lost Derby presents a portrait of a city and a way of life that has radically changed or disappeared today, showing not just the industries, buildings, people and street scenes that have gone, but also many popular places of entertainment and much more. This fascinating photographic history of lost Derby will appeal to all those who live in the city or know it well, as well as those who remember it from previous decades.
Maxwell Craven has written extensively on architecture and antiques for the Georgian Group Journal, Country Life, and various local magazines. He is author of A Derbyshire Armory (1991), Richard Keene, Pioneer Victorian Photographer (1993) and Derby, an Illustrated History (2nd edn. 2007). He is a former chairman of Derby Conservation Area Advisory Committee, a member of Derby Cathedral FAC, a Trustee of Derby Bridge Chapel and the Derby Museums Trust. He was awarded an honorary DLitt.by the University of Derby; he was made MBE and elected FSA in 1999.
Lost Derby by Maxwell Craven
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