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A Trip Down Memory Lane

We love this photograph of the Railway Cottages, Derby, taken in 1980.

In the late 1970s Derby Civic Society had approached DHBT as it was campaigning strongly against the proposed demolition for road works of the terraced housing near Derby Station - along with the listed Brunswick Inn at its apex.

Following intensive fundraising, Derby City Council were finally persuaded to abandon its proposed road scheme and the buildings were sold to the Trust.

This photo is from the start of the three year project to restore and modernise the cottages (more photos of this work to follow in forthcoming posts).

17 different house types, varying from two-bed cottages to substantial four-bed houses were included in the scheme. All of the front doors were painted maroon; the house colour of the North Midland Railway.

The project received a Housing Award and a Civic Trust Award.

Many of you will know the link between these cottages and our current project at Wingfield Station. Both were built to the designs of the architect, Francis Thompson.

The Railway Cottages, along with the Inn, were built by the North Midland Railway Company between 1841 and 1843.


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