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Denis Eardley

Picture the Past: Derby

Picture the Past: Derby

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This title features nearly 400 images showing in fine detail some of the changes that have taken place in Derby and the surrounding suburbs over a period of more than 150 years.

In medieval times, Derby grew in importance as a busy centre of trade. Derby's first Market Charter was not particularly detailed, but the second, granted fifty years later, in 1204 by King John was much more precise.

This Charter allowed a weekly market, held from Thursday to Friday evening and granted the Burgesses the right to levy tolls from the traders, as well as punish thieves.

However, the most significant change in Derby's history, took place on the 30 May 1839, when the first railway train steamed into the town. The excited crowds watching the train's arrival little realised how this event would change the face of Derby.

Derby's reputation as an industrial town was boosted even further with the arrival of Rolls-Royce in the 20th century. This collection of images illustrates the industries, the streets and markets and the people who lived in Derby and the former villages

About the Author

Denis Eardley has been writing local interest features and walks for the Derby Telegraph for over 12 years. He has compiled eleven Discover Derbyshire and two Discover Derby supplements, as well as writing for YesterdayToday and the Derbyshire Magazine.

Denis also supplies the Telegraph with weekly walks, which are published during the spring and summer. Now retired, Denis lives at Littleover in Derby.

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