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Interesting Comments

Our recent article in the Derby Evening Telegraph regarding Derbyshire's heritage at risk as produced some interesting comments from the readers including:

Steve King · University of Plymouth

Rowditch Barracks should be saved. The complex is virtually intact and would make a brilliant museum. During the 19th century Britain became a very militarised state, with a massively increased regular army, an enhanced militia and mass participation in volunteer soldiering. In 1805 Derby gained an enormous ordnance depot with associated barracks on Normanton Road. In 1859 Rowditch Barracks opened for the Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers. In 1860 Siddal’s Road became home to the Yeomanry Barracks, built for the Derbyshire Imperial Yeomanry Cavalry. In 1868 a large drill hall was constructed in Newlands Street as a centre for local volunteer infantry units. By 1877 the huge Normanton Barracks was opened on Sinfin Lane. Derby has a very significant military history which has almost been wiped from the map. We still have the time to save the one structure remaining in Rowditch Barracks. I believe that Rowditch Barracks would make the perfect venue for a museum to commemorate and remember Derby’s military history – which could also include the Roman forts, the Viking occupation, the Saxon burgh, the (apparent) Norman castle, the Civil War skirmishes, the visit of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the various Derbyshire regiments (95th, Sherwood Foresters Anglian etc), the significant contribution the Rolls Royce has made to the nation’s defence and a commemoration of all the soldiers who have given their up lives.

Like · Reply · 7 · Apr 30, 2016 9:36am

Patricia Hardy-Cook · Arthur Mee Centre

The only one that I would want to go is the Hippodrome, the one I would make 1st choice as hard as it is, is Friargate goods, but all are important to our heritage

Like · Reply · Apr 30, 2016 11:29am

Ruby Fuller · University of Derby

Belper mills should be saved. It is a magnificent building, one of the first factory's, part of the heritage way and is fast becoming derelict.Like · Reply · 5 · Apr 30, 2016 1:01pm

Reidar Vasbund · Henry Cavendish School

Why oh why should we have to lose any of them?Like · Reply · 2 · May 1, 2016 10:27am

Gwen Chapman · Belper

Belper North and East Mill, as use to work there, and was a beautiful building to work in, also it is a place of beauty surrounded by the River Gardens.Like · Reply · May 1, 2016 10:33am

Nick Ashton-Jones · Project Manager at Weppa Farm

And the mass of associated buildings around the goods yard and bonded warehouse. its a pretty run-down part of Derby anyway and needs a lift of some sort. Derby First!Like · Reply · May 1, 2016 11:44am

Adele Wood · University of Bath

Allestree Hall, very happy memories of taking my children and meeting friends for picnics in the park!Like · Reply · May 2, 2016 1:34pm

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