A selection of images from our collection.
Royal Visit to Chaddesden – 28 March 1957
Her Majesty, the Queen, and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited Repton School and several establishments in Derby starting with the Royal Crown Derby works on Osmaston Road where a presentation was made. The royal party, together with local dignitaries and clergy, then travelled along Nottingham Road to Chaddesden.
Jennifer Guy remembers: As a child, I lived in Chaddesden Lane, opposite the entrance to the Scout Hut between about 1950 and 1964. Perhaps the most vivid memory was when Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh came down the Lane. We sat on the top of a 6 foot stone wall that then existed on the right of 105 Chaddesden Lane and we got quite a few waves from both Royals.
Local historian Peter Cholerton says that one of his earliest memories of Chaddesden is standing on a wall at the junction of Wood Road and Max Road to watch the royal procession pass. Many people camped out on the land adjoining St Philip's vicarage on Taddington Road and waited eagerly for the procession to appear.
Arrangements had been made for Her Majesty to visit the new church of St Philip's and give royal approbation to the work that was being done. The choir, fully robed, waited in a line along the pathway outside the tower of the church. The Queen and the royal party were welcomed to the church by the Vicar, the Rev Alfred Conway, and were conducted around the interior. To commemorate the visit, Mrs Rawlinson, wife of the Bishop of Derby, planted a tree in the church grounds on the following Saturday
Above: The original Chaddesden Library in Chaddesden Park. The Age UK building, which still stands, can be seen on the right
Below: Revive Healthy Living Centre, Roe Farm Lane. This building contains a clinic and Derwent Library, opened on 4 March 2007 and seen by some as a replacement for an earlier library on Wollaton Road.
The oldest public house in Chaddesden is the early 19th century Wilmot Arms.
It was originally known as the Wheel Inn, but was renamed after the Wilmot family.
Directories from 1827 to 1835 list the licensee as John Millington. In 1841 Edward Cholerton was listed and in 1851 George Brigg had taken over.
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In recent years, the name has been removed from the building and the name of the brewery company substituted, giving the impression that it has been renamed. Local residents still know it as the Wilmot Arms, and an approximation of the Wilmot Family Arms appears on one wall.
Two views of the crocuses at the Nottingham Road entrance to Chaddesden Park taken on 28 February 2021.
Below: a photograph taken at the same location in the 1930s. The Nottingham Tudor style houses in this area are the work of Stapleford builder, Harry Wormald Moult. The numerous poles are "traction poles" that carried the overhead line for the trolleybuses to Spondon.
Sussex Circus Post Office was originally located at 31 Sussex Circus (near the top of Mayfield Road). It is now occupies one end of the Co-op building.
Longest established is Cherry Tree Hill Post Office which has been at 635 Nottingham Road since October 1929.
Oakwood Post Office is at Unit 12, Oakwood District Centre, off Wayfaring Road.
Click here to read about the history of Post Offices in Chaddesden