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Read about Chaddesden's history in the many articles that are listed on this page.

The photograph on our home page that links to this page shows Sussex Circus Co-op which was built in 1938 according to the date on the roof ventilator.  Sussex Circus Post Office occupies a unit at the Berkshire Street end.

Walking the Chaddesden Footpaths
Peter
Cholerton
Chaddesden once possessed a significant network of public footpaths, many created centuries ago.  However, the residential development of the village in the twentieth century destroyed substantial lengths of these rights of way.  Here we can read about the very last time the Chaddesden Parish Council formally inspected the footpaths back in 1967, as well as looking at the Definitive Footpath Map and Definitive Footpath Statement that were prepared in 1953 when it was still possible to walk many of the old paths.  The article concludes with details of a 1970s walk along two of the paths that were later lost to the Oakwood development.
 

End of the Road for Felix and its Successor

Peter Barnes / John Bennett

The  Felix Bus Service was founded by local man Norman Frost, born at Stanley.  Frost was apprenticed to a garage on leaving school but his apprenticeship was interrupted by the First World War.  His Derby - Ilkeston bus service through Chaddesden began running in 1924 and continued to do so until the company was sold in 2012.  Notts & Derby operated the same route until withdrawing in 2018.  Evening and Sunday journeys continued under contract to Derbyshire County Council but that arrangement ended in February 2020.

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Chaddesden Post Offices
Peter Cholerton
The Penny Post was introduced in 1840 and thanks to this innovative idea communication became easier and cheaper than ever before.  The first known reference to the regular delivery of letters at Chaddesden occurs in 1843 and a postal receiving office was opened in late 1850, enabling villagers to leave their letters at the receiver's premises to be forwarded on to the sorting office in Derby.  Over the years the Post Office operated out of various local properties, and while Chaddesden remained a village all the Postmaster or Postmistress needed was a small room in their own house which could be easily accessed by members of the public wishing to conduct basic postal business, for example buying stamps, weighing parcels and posting letters.  From the 1930s onwards, as Chaddesden expanded, new and larger Post Offices were opened in various locations, but in more recent years new technology and changes in shopping patterns have reversed this trend resulting in the closure of some of our familiar Post Offices.

Boots the Chemist

Tony Bowler

Boots first shop in Derby, at the junction of St Peter's Street and East Street, featured statues of Jededian Strutt, John Lombe, William Hutton and Florence Nightingale.  It is now a listed building.  In the 1930s a shop was opened on Nottingham Road, Chaddesden Lane End. Although Boots occupy neither of these original premises, they still have several branches in Derby.

Do you remember these businesses?

A compilation of adverts for local businesses that featured in St. Mary's Church Parish Magazine in 1959.

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Wood Road Estate Plan c.1936

Alex Wilson

If you live in a pre-war house on Rupert Road, Max Road, Buxton Road, Haydn Road, Wollaton Road, Marjorie Road, Wilson Road or Ashfield Avenue, you may be able to find your house on this plan which shows how the estate might have been laid out if construction had not been stopped by the Second World War.

Aerial view of Wood Road Estate

The pre-war estate is nearer the camera with (left) Marjorie Road and (right) Haydn Road.  Wollaton Road runs diagonally across the middle of the picture to the circular junction with Taddington Road that looks as though it was intended to be the centrepiece of the estate.  Post-war Taddington Road runs across the top of the photo.  The two large buildings in the centre near the top are St Philip's church and vicarage completed in 1955.

Map of Field Farm 1918 - 1936

This map shows the extent of Field Farm as it was when the Chaddesden Estate was broken up and sold in 1918.

Wood Road can be seen running north-south on the eastern side of the farm.  Field Lane, Morley Road and the Wilmot Arms also appear on the map.  These are the only features to survive since the farm was sold for house building in 1936.

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Chaddesden and the Mermaids ~ A Tale of old London Bridge
Peter Cholerton
In its heyday, the old London Bridge would have been an amazing sight with numerous houses and shops actually built upon the bridge itself, but did you know that one of these had a connection with Chaddesden?  In the 14th century a property called The Mermaids on London Bridge was given to the chantry foundation in Chaddesden Church to augment its income and it remained an important asset for nearly 200 years.

The Rhino, Max Road

Peter Barnes /Gregg Marley

The public house formerly on the site of Holmegate Close.

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On the nights of 12-13 and 15-16 December 1940 there were German air raids on Sheffield that caused more casualties than the better known raid on Coventry a month earlier.  On the first of those nights four bombs were dropped on Chaddesden and Spondon by an enemy aircraft that had failed to find its target.

The Bombs on Chaddesden Park

Rev. Basil Denno

The author was the curate of St. Mary’s Church, Chaddesden, from 1981 to 1983, led the Chaddo for Jesus work from 1984 to 2006 and then a locum minister in the Diocese of Derby.

This account of the dramatic events of 12 December 1940 when two bombs fell in Chaddesden is based on interviews with residents who were present at the time.

Adolf's Bombs and Cherry Tree Hill School

Don Shaw

The well-known local author and playwright, Don Shaw, was one of the first intake of pupils at the new Cherry Tree Hill School in January 1940.  Here he recounts his wartime childhood in Chaddesden and the day a bomb fell in Chaddesden Park.

Public Air Raid Shelters in Chaddesden

Peter Cholerton

The Second World War brought with it the ever-present danger of bombing raids and whilst many people had their own Anderson or Morrison Shelters, larger communal shelters were also necessary to protect school-children and members of the public away from their houses when the air-raid sirens sounded, as well as those people who did not have their own domestic shelter. Chaddesden had a variety of public shelters, ranging from long, deep trenches to purpose-built structures like those in the grounds of Morley Road School (later renamed Cavendish Close School) and Cherry Tree Hill School. The ARP wardens were responsible for maintaining public safety during air-raids and the log-books of Chaddesden ARP Post S17 provide a variety of interesting references to our local shelters.

Please visit our Oral History page and click the Wartime button to hear Catherine Rees,  Ossie Rees (not related to Catherine), Barbara Fibiger and Gordon Bowley describe life in Chaddesden during the War.

ARP Warden's Log

Pages from an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Wardens' log book for the issue and repair of respirators (gas masks) to civilians.

In The Skies Over Chaddesden

Peter Felix, Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society

Over the years there has been much conjecture about the circumstances of the Wellington bomber that crashed at nearby Stanley one Sunday evening in 1942. Here is an account of this tragic accident.

Stanley Crash, for the technically minded

Peter Kirk

Technical specifications of the Wellington bomber that crashed at Stanley in 1942..

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St Alban's Church

Tony Bowler

The provision of a Roman Catholic church for the growing population of  Chaddesden was considered in the 1930s.  Thanks to  Mgr James Hargreaves a temporary church was opened on Roe Farm Lane in 1948.  The present church was completed and used for worship from June 1955.

The Parish Church of St. Philip, Chaddesden

Anne Sherwood

A Celebration of Forty Years of Parish Life  1955 - 1995

Photograph of St Philip's Church from Taddington Road

Peter Barnes

Shows the unusual separate bell tower that is linked to the main church building only by the entrance porch.

New Homes bring a New Church

Tony Bowler

Mayfield Road Methodist Church was opened in 1928, the first church for the new housing estates.

Winding the Church Clock

Peter Cholerton

Commissioned by Rev. Arthur Ellerton and installed in 1904, the turret clock mechanism of St. Mary's Church was made by John Smith & Sons of Derby and has been counting the  and minutes at Chaddesden for well over a century.

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Second World War Rolls of Service
for St Mary's Church  and  Chaddesden Jubilee Club
Jean Moss
The Roll of Service for St Mary's lists 104 church members who served in the forces during the Second World War.

The Roll of Honour for the Jubilee Club contains 100 names.  Only nine names appear on both rolls, showing how they represented different sections of the community.
 

Memorials to the Men of Chaddesden who died during WW1

Jean Moss

The Memorial Hall on Chaddesden Lane, dedicated and opened on 2 April 1923; the War Memorial nearby on Chaddesden Lane; the Nottingham Road War Memorial which is now to be found in Nottingham Road Cemetery; the Cross of Sacrifice among the Commonwealth War Graves in Nottingham Road Cemetery; the Midland Railway Memorial on Midland Road and a memorial in Chaddesden Park.

Private Jacob Rivers VC

Tony Bowler

6016 Pte Rivers J. was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in WW1 at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on 12 March, 1915. A native of Derby, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).

 

Conscription

Jean Moss

Conscription during the First World War was introduced in January 1916, initially targeting single men aged 18-41. Within a few months it was also rolled out for married men.

Remembrance Seat Unveiling  19 June 2019
Adrian Lawrence

The formal unveiling of the WW1 Remembrance Seat at the junction of Chaddesden Lane and Maine Drive.

Includes a link to a YouTube video featuring Deryck Morley, treasurer of the Chaddesden Historial Group, Councillor Jonathan Smale and John Crosby, chair of the Chaddesden Historical Group.

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Heinz Lindhorst   5 Nov 1925 – 19 Oct 1946

Revd Basil Denno

German prisoner of war buried at Nottingham Road Cemetery following an unfortunate accident in a quarry near Buxton.

The Engine Driver's Memorial

Peter Barnes

Nottingham Road Cemetery contains the graves of  many former railway employees.

One of the more unusual is that of Abel Boden, an engine driver on the Midland Railway which incudes a railwayman's epitaph in verse and a remarkably accurate depiction of a Johnson 4-4-0 locomotive, a type that would have been seen in Derby in the 1890s.

 

Spirits of the Midland Railway

Dave Harris

Produced for presentation at the Midland Railway Society 2020 Annual General Meeting, this is a video tour of the graves of a range of Midland Railway employees lying in Nottingham Road Cemetery.

Landslip at Nottingham Road Cemetery

Peter Cholerton

In 1924 a road-improvement scheme close to the old Boundary House on Nottingham Road caused a landslip at the adjacent cemetery in which tons of earth fell down into the road, unfortunately exposing coffins and bones in the process.   The article also takes a brief look at the unusual status of Boundary House itself ... half in Chaddesden and half in Derby.

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Chaddesden, the Sheriff and Magna Carta
Peter Cholerton
The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta was celebrated in 2015 and here we take a look at one of the few individuals actually mentioned by name in the charter – Philip Mark, the unpopular Sheriff of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.  Mark, who may well have been the original model for the sheriff in the tales of Robin Hood, held an estate of one-half of a knight's fee at Locko, later sub-divided into three equal one-sixth knight's fees, one portion of which including land at Chaddesden apparently descended to his great-grandson Andrew Lutterell.

 

Tony Bannister was born in Derby in 1947.

He attended Cherry Tree Hill Infant and Junior Schools, where his artistic talent was first recognised.

Memories of the 27th

Tony Bannister's Thursday evenings in the 27th Derby Cub Scouts.

After attending the Joseph Wright Art School in Derby and Derby College of Art, he gained a degree in Art and Design from Leeds Art College. He joined BBC Newcastle in 1969 where he was to work for the next 45 years, making an outstanding contribution to television in the north east.

Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrew Bailey

Sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer less than three months later and died on 20 August 2015.

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Chaddesden's Five Forgotten Railway Cottages
Peter Cholerton
You may well be familiar with Highfield Cottages on Highfield Lane, which were originally built to provide accommodation for railway workers, but did you know that in this same part of the old village five other cottages (one alongside the Derby Canal and four on Meadow Lane) once served a similar purpose?  Over the years many of their occupants would have worked at the nearby Chaddesden Sidings, but when much of the railway work was transferred away from Chaddesden the sidings quickly became surplus to requirements and all five properties were demolished leaving nothing behind to mark their site today.

 

Chaddesden Sidings

Neil Johnson

Neil came to live in Chaddesden in the winter of 1964/65 just as he entered his teens. He loves Derbyshire and has twice lived in Cherry Tree Hill. Here he reminisces about Chaddesden Sidings, once such a prominent feature in the local landscape.

The Opening of the Colliery Tramway between Stanley and Chaddesden
A report from the Derby Daily Telegraph of the formal opening, on 20 November 1894, of the Derby Kilburn Colliery Company's cable-hauled tramway between Stanley Footrill Colliery and a wharf at Chaddesden. It was the longest cable-worked line in the UK at the time of opening, yet it had an operational life of little over twenty years and little remains on the ground to show that it existed.

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John William Burnett (1884-1949) of Hall Farm, Chaddesden
Rita M Bailey
John Burnett was a Derbyshire farmer's son.  He moved to Field Farm, Chaddesden, around 1931, later taking over Hall Farm, and was the tenant of Racecourse Farm. He was a member of Chaddesden Parish Council and Shardlow Rural District Council. He left Chaddesden in 1946 and ended his days at Grove Farm, Lenton, Nottingham.   

 

Muriel Evans, Carnival Queen 1939
pictured when she visited the 2010 Chaddesden Carnival.

The Oakridge Allotments
Peter Cholerton
Prompted perhaps by the austerity of rationing in the Second World War, allotments became a popular and profitable form of recreation in Chaddesden.  Until they were lost to building development in 1965, the Oakridge Allotments on the south side of Morley Road were used by local residents mainly for growing fruit and vegetables, although other allotment holders also kept rabbits, chickens, ducks and pigeons.  A simple sketch plan of the allotments drawn up by Frank Cholerton many years ago provides an insight into the layout of the Oakridge plots in the 1950s or thereabouts.

Stanley Building Block brochure, 1937

T.H. Anthony

Thomas Henry Anthony (1888-1980) began building houses in Chaddesden around 1927 using distinctive hollow concrete blocks that were manufactured at his own quarry in Stanley. Around 1935 Anthony went into partnership with Frederick Henry Turner of Burton Road, Derby.  Trading as Anthony and Turner, the partnership bought a large building plot on the south side of Harvey Road, Allenton and this brochure describes mainly houses being built at Allenton.  Anthony's own house appears on the front cover and a house on Morley Road, Chaddesden built for his daughter and son-in-law is on page nine. The partnership ended with the death of Turner in January 1938.  The estate at Allenton was left incomplete and the Stanley quarry closed.  No more Stanley block houses were built as cavity wall construction for brick walls was in widespread use by then, offering the same benefits of a warmer, dry house as the Stanley concrete block.

The Convent of the Holy Name, Morley Road
Peter Cholerton
Originally known as Chaddesden Moor House and built as a gentleman's residence in the first half of the nineteenth century, the property was home to a succession of well-to-do families (Wilmot, Heathcote, Bateman, Smith, Girardot, Whinyates and Craven) down the years.  In 1922, Charles Arthur Carlin married Ethel Lilian Birkin, the daughter of Sir Thomas Birkin, a lace manufacturer, and the couple moved into the house, which they renamed as Moor Grange, or more simply, The Grange.  A frequent visitor to their home was Prince Alexander Obolensky (1916–1940), who attended schools in Derbyshire.  Mrs. Carlin's nursing background led to the couple transforming their home into a temporary Red Cross Hospital during the Second World War.  In the 1950s the Carlins moved into a cottage in the grounds and gave their large house to a Roman Catholic order, the Sisters of the Presentation, who renamed it as the Presentation Convent Novitiate.  By the late 1980s the sisters had sold the property to the Community of The Holy Name, an Anglican order, whose sisters decided in 2018 that it was now time for them to leave the area and move into smaller premises at Hessle in Yorkshire.

 

The Past on Your Doorstep (Oral History)

Rosalind Allen, Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire

Interviews with older residents who remembered Chaddesden before the Second World War.

The Majestic and The Gloria Cinemas

Three luxury cinemas opened in Derby in 1938 and two of them were in Chaddesden.

The arrival of television in the 1950s led to falling audiences and their eventual closure.

Supermarkets now stand on the site of both.

Bradcar Watermill
Peter Cholerton

In 2011 documentary evidence of a previously unknown watermill at Chaddesden was discovered.  Situated on Lees Brook, the corn mill had fallen out of use by the early eighteenth century and in 1717 its site was acquired by William Turner, a Derby attorney, who already held the lease of a mill in Derby, although whether he intended to re-establish this Chaddesden watermill is not clear.  Originally written in 2013 this article now has a postcript providing further information and photographs.

 

Meadow Lane Bridges

Peter Barnes

Meadow Lane is one of the oldest roads in Chaddesden, once crossing the Derby Canal by a hump-backed bridge.  When the course of the canal was used as the route of the A52 Nottingham Road diversion, a concrete footbridge was built close to the site of the original bridge.  The footbridge was demolished in 2019 to make way for a shared foot/cycle bridge which was opened exactly 18 months after the previous bridge closed.

Cowsley House
Peter Cholerton and Vince Mills
Now just another one of Derby's vanished buildings, Cowsley House once stood on Nottingham Road a short distance outside the old Chaddesden parish boundary.  A substantial property, it was home to a variety of different families over the years – Pountain, Aulton, Evans, Brayshaw, Bates and Kerry – and older residents of the area may still recall Cowsley Stores, which operated from the rear of the building and first opened its doors to the public in the 1940s.

 

Archery in Medieval Chaddesden
Peter Cholerton
A group of roughly parallel vertical grooves in the stonework to the side of the main west door of St. Mary's Church was caused by generations of local men from the mid fifteenth century onwards sharpening their arrowheads prior to obligatory archery practice.  A few hundred yards to the north of the church Butts Yard marks the approximate location of their targets.

A Chaddesden Farmer's Victorian Notebook

Peter Cholerton

Extracts from a notebook kept by William White of Meadow Farm, born 1827, farmer and land surveyor, who emigrated to Australia and died in Melbourne in 1885.

Water Supply in Chaddesden

Peter Cholerton

Chaddesden's water was drawn from wells prior to the installation of water mains.
Refers to locations of many, now disused, wells, also the Derwent Valley Aqueduct which crosses the parish on its way to Leicester.

Highfield House, Highfield Lane

The Wragge Brothers, Australian Pioneers

Peter Cholerton

George and William Wragge, sons of George and Maria Wragge of Chaddesden, who emigrated to Australia in 1852. George Wragge junior became Mayor of Melbourne in 1864-65.

 

Chaddesden Cricket Club 1933-1990

Peter Cholerton

A local gentleman was clearing out his garage when he unearthed a forgotten box of cricket memorabilia relating to the Chaddesden Cricket Club.

A Chaddesden Safe House

A J Bailey

A Chaddesden safe house for a criminal from Northern Ireland.

The Chaddesden Sheepwash

Peter Cholerton

The sheepwash situated in Chaddesden Brook adjacent to Nottingham Road bridge

Derwent School Photographs

Group photograph of teachers 1952/53

Cherry Tree Hill School Photographs

Michael Mosley

Programme for a play called ‘The Adventure of the Witch and her Cat’ and two class photographs from Cherry Tree Hill School in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s

The Sunnyside Cafe, Chaddesden Common

Peter Cholerton

Long before the vast Oakwood estate was built, older residents of Chaddesden will remember the Sunnyside Cafe on Morley Road as being a relatively isolated property set amidst local farmland.

Stanley Colliery Manrider

Peter Barnes

Transport to work at the Stanley Footrill Colliery for coal miners from Chaddesden.

Tales of the rails and other minor indiscretions

Neil Johnson

A miscellany of railway recollections.

Blossom in Chaddesden Park Road

Andrew Bailey

Each spring the flowering cherry trees of Chaddesden Park Road provide a wonderful reminder that warmer days are on their way.

Enjoy this short photo tour taken on a Sunday morning in April 2011.

Chaddesden Doctors

Margaret Poyser

A look back at some of the local doctors in an era when appointments were not necessary – if you needed to see a doctor you simply went to the surgery and waited your turn.

Some Early Chaddesden Landowners

Peter Cholerton

An account of three inter-related mediaeval families who held land in Chaddesden for many generations, yet whose names – fitz Nicholas, Pipard, and de Twyford – will be unfamiliar to many people.

Enoch Stone

Tony Bowler

Enoch Stone was murdered in 1856 and his assailant(s) never brought to trial. He is commemorated today by a small memorial stone on Nottingham Road and also in the name of a nearby cul-de-sac.

Mrs. Olive Eden, OBE

Andrew Bailey

Mrs. Eden moved to Chaddesden in the 1930s and for many years was a member of both Chaddesden Parish Council and Derbyshire County Council, and also found time to serve as a local magistrate.

Obituary: Marie Garner

Steve Garner, John Crosby

 

The Spondon Pong

Paul W Morgan

The origin of the British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company factory at Spondon.

The Royce Crane

Andrew Bailey

Two Royce cranes in Derby: at the Rolls – Royce Heritage Trust on Osmaston Road

and at Draka Cables, Alfreton Road.

Beyond the Deepening Shadows at the Tower of London

Linda Crosby

Visit to special event at the Tower of London.

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