Country Images Magazine North Edition November 2017 - Page 22

Enhance beauty of The Lost Houses of Derbyshire by Maxwell Craven Th e building photographed in 1894 by Richard Keene, Junior from a similar angle to the 1855 picture at the beginning of this article. [Rod Jewell] Award winning HAND MADE timber windows and doors Copy by A J Keene of an eighteenth century painting of Full Street showing the almshouses as built. M.Craven] devoted to the purposes of charity, are sacrifi ced to a style of architecture, that would be more in character when employed in the entrance to a nobleman’s park or pleasure grounds…. who dresses a pauper in lace, instead of the modest elegance which ought to have dignifi ed the front….we are treated to an ostentatious display of the Duke’s arms and crest as the leading objects.’ Th e site in 1960 seen from the rear of the Cathedral, taken by the late Frank Sharratt. [M. Craven] (which we would call an almshouse) went up in forty four weeks, during which time the twelve elderly paupers had to be billeted elsewhere, as we know from the fact that Pickford had to claim for the cost of arranging this as well as the cost of the building itself ! Nor was all well from the point of view of the cottages to others for profi t! None of this can have helped spare the building from the depredations of the Council, who sought to demolish the Hospital to extend H I Steven’s handsome Baths next door. Hence in 1895, the entire building was purchased from the Duke and demolished, only for the plan to extend the baths to be dropped shortly aft er in favour of new baths at Reginald Street, by the Arboretum. In the end, the site was built over in 1920 by an extension to the municipal electricity undertaking, a building of unsurpassed ugliness not fi nally cleared until 1971. Today it remains a rather municipalised space but host to Anthony Stones’s spectacular equestrian statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie presented to the City by the late Lionel Pickering and unveiled in December 1995. original intentions, for a later visitor images readers special offer founder’s for country 10 off Ooh-er, missus! Hutton gives credit to none of Pickford’s Derby buildings, and one can only assume that they cordially detested each other. Th e new Hospital 22 | wrote: % ‘We were then informed that their abode was optional and that they had the discretionary powers of letting their apartments or gardens to others.’ all timber windows & doors until 30th century this became the norm, September 2017 Later, in the 19 th Bess’s pensioners going off to stay with their children or grandchildren and letting their