Andy's Driving videos around Derby, Derbyshire, UK :
Are you an ex-pat of Derby, feeling homesick? Or perhaps you just want a clear way of giving someone directions to a location in Derby or just want to show people your Derby Street. Well in this video and the many others I have made, you will be able to take a virtual drive around the city of Derby's streets as though you were in the driving seat.
00:00 Photographs of the main buildings in Wilmorton.
00:53 Ascot Drive heading towards London Road.
01:03 Left onto London Road
01:17 Left into Ellesmere Avenue
01:50 Left onto London Road
01:56 Right into Deadman's Lane
01:58 Right into Dickinson Street
02:11 Left into Beverly Street
02:20 U-turn and back up street
02:31 Right onto Dickinson Street
02:36 Right into Selbourne Street
02:45 Left onto Deadman's Lane
02:56 Left onto London Road
03:11 Left into Bowmer Road
03:16 Left into Taylor Street
03:33 Right into Warwick Street
03:38 Left into Clifford Street
03:48 Across to Selbourne Street
03:52 Left onto Deadman's Lane
03:57 Left onto London Road
05:20 End at border of Wilmorton.
This small suburb of Derby got its name from the former owners of the land the "Wilmot Hortons".
It was the postal authorities that suggested this name as originally this area was called Osmaston-by-Derby which was
very confusing for people.
A well known street in Wilmorton is Deadmans Lane, The area at the end of this lane is assumed to have been used as a mass burial ground for victims of the Black Death! A nearby
field was known as "blood Sprinkle Field".
Wilmorton has two public houses, both on London Road one at each end of the suburb.
The Navigation is located at 805 London Road, This pub was built shortly after the Derby Canal opened up in 1796
The Derby canal used to flow around the back of this pub, today the former canal route is a cycle path.
In 1895 the original pub building was sold on and reused for another purpose, a new pub was built further down London Road.
This pub used to have a Bowling Green but today this is a car park for the pub.
The Portland Hotel is located at 603 London Road, the current pub of 1936 replaced the original 1884 three-storey building.
The Litchurch Gas Works
All that remains of this massive site are the two gasometers which are a nice feature of Pride Park, you can't miss them
as they are rather large and near Pride Park Stadium.
Schoolhouse Business Centre
This is located in the former Wilmorton Primary School http://www.theschoolhousebusinesscent...
This building was built in 1892 and has been used as a school up until 2007 when it was revamped.
Osmaston Wesleyan Chapel
This building is located right next to the Schoolhouse Business Centre and the foundation stone was laid on April 8th 1901, By the 1960s the congretion has dwindled and it closed, this was bought in 1967 by the school next door as an extension to their building.
Parish Church of Saint Osmund
YMCA located at 770 London Road
This building was built in 1966 and was demolished in mid November 2008, a brand new building will be built which will be operational in September 2009.
The Derby Conference Centre (former railway training college aka Catalis).
This nice looking Art Deco period building officially opened on Friday 22nd July 1938 by Mr Leslie Burgin, the Minister of Transport. It has been used for many things over the years but in 2007 it re-opened as "The Derby Conference Centre" which offers Bed and Breakfast, Conferencing, A Wedding venue etc.
In 1983 Clumber Terrace and some houses in Beverly Street and Taylor Street were demolished as part of Derby city Councils plan to improve the area.
In 1993 The development of Pride Park got underway and this led to some big changes for Wilmorton, namely a new major road
connecting the Ascot Drive/London Road roundabout to Pride Park.
Up until Feb 2008 there was a B & Q Diy Supercentre at the end of Ascot Drive but this closed when they opened a new large one on Osmaston Park Road.
Perhaps Wilmorton is best remembered for Wilmorton College (Derby Tertiary College) which was built in the 1960s on the old Borough tip. The first phase of the college opened in 1968, I attended this college for 3 years back in 85, 86 and then in 2000.
Unfortunatly the entire college was demoilished about 2005, today this has a large housing estate on it called "City Point"
Birds eye view of Wilmorton :
This is the 24th video in this series. Why not start with the original video and watch them all one by one...