The Old Dolphin Inn, Derby, calims to be built on a foundation dating to 1530, The timber framed building itself having been known to date from 1618.
The exterior timber was replaced in 1912, but the interior is relatively unspoilt
The bus station was another part of the rivrside development in around 1930. The buildings are in an art deco style.
Unfortunately the bus station is planned for demolition in the not too distant future
The building we see today was built by locally born Henry Duesbury in 1842. It wa a remodelling of a the former building in Greek revival style, which was destroyrd by fire in 1841.
The vaulted entrance is supported by huge cast iron arches. The old council chamber has a fine ealborate ceiling, and is now a samall theatre.
This very ornamental, double cast iron bridge was made for the Great Northern Railway, by Derby firon ounder Andrew Handyside in 1876.
The Borough's badge was cast into the spandrels, an embellishment thought to be to placate local residents who objected to the building of the line which closed in 1968.
The grim Facade of County Gaol, Derby, is the remains of hte jail which was demolished in 1928.
People were previously hanged at the gates, and ghosts have been reported here.
it was built in the 1820's
Pride Park is home to Derby County Football Club (The Rams). They are currently vying for a place in the premier league.
Tours of the stadium are available to explore the ground, changing rooms, directors boxes, and the hallowed turf itself (fee payable)
From Derby city centre you can walk in either direction along the bank of the river Derwent.
One way goes up to the Derby County football stadium at Pride Park and the other direction taked you up yo Darley Abbey.
Both ways take you through parkland and can also be cycled.
Derby Cathedral dominates the skyline of the city of Derby.
It is famous for having the 2nd tallest perpendicular church tower in England. The tower was finished in 1532, but there has been a church on this site from much earlier.
Acroos the road is a visitor centre with a coffee shop.
The Derby Assembly Rooms is one of the premier entertainment centres in the county.
Here you can often see live bands, shows and other attractions.
The building was constructed in 1977 and won an architectural award (how tastes change!)
The Tourist Information Centre is also sited here.
The fine cathedral tower lords it over Derby and approaching it along crooked Iron Gate builds up a lot of anticipation. It's therefore a slight disappointment when you see the entire building and realise the main body of the church is much smaller than you'd expect and built in a different style.
It's well worth going in because the interior is an iconic Georgian construction with clean lines, inlaid marble floors, crisply painted accents and wonderful wrought iron.
It has many interesting monuments, including the tomb of Bess of Hardwick. Bess outlived all her husbands and each new suitor made her richer until she rivalled Elizabeth I herself. Her descendants include many aristocratic dynasties, some of whose country homes can be found scattered throughout Derbyshire.
The tower (Second highest in England) was built 1511-1532, The remainder was replaced in 1723 to a design by James Gibbs. The cathedral was originally All Saints church, It became Derby Cathedral in 1927 and was extended to designs by Sir Ninian and Sebastian Comper.
This is a treasure not to be missed. It's not far from Matlock and the grounds of this historic home are more than impressive. It's home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been in their family for 450 years. There are ties here to Princess Diana and many other famous people including the Mitford sisters.
The art gallery and local museum share quarters with the city library in an interesting hodgepodge of bones, stones, books and canvasses.
The highlight for me is the world's largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby, one of the master painters of his day. An entire room is devoted to the local lad's work.
Wright was a genius in delicately expressing candlelight. They can be so lifelike you want to put your hand over the canvas to see if you can feel warmth from the flame!
He was unique in depicting scientific experiments and I personally find these works the most intriguing, not just for the light effects but also to see the expressions of observers.
He was also rather unique in his 'warts and all' approach when painting portraits of aristocrats. He did his best to portray his subjects as they really looked and put his skills to work by doing the entire canvas himself. Unlike other portraitists who might only do faces and hands, Wright would do the props, landscape and clothing as well.
Elsewhere in the museum is a good collection of Roman coins, old pottery and tiles plus some Saxon stone carving. There is also a new gallery devoted to local porcelain.
My one complaint would be the complex is quite a jumble, with lots of steps and strange corridors, and parts need updating.
The Silk Mill, one of Britain's first factories, is the centrepiece of an industrial museum on the riverside that highlights the city's key role in the railways and aerospace.
Heading up river from the mill you will soon come to a bridge chapel, one of the last in existence, though today hemmed in by two modern bridges.
Further along still about a mile from the city centre is Darley Abbey Park, another monument from the early industrial age which is part of the Derwent Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pickford's House is a 1770 townhouse with period rooms depicting Georgian life.
Derby is surrounded by numerous country estates, including Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Subury Hall.
The RB211 is a large jet engine which was built to power wide bodies airliners such as the Lockheed Tristar and Boeing 747, 757 and 767. A prototype RB211 jet engine is also in the museum. The massive engine is the main item of the museum, there are literatures are available as well which explain the functionality of engine.