Derby: If These Walls Could Talk Volume Two

The buildings of any city not only provide the locations for its most important events and everyday activities, but also reflect the endeavour, needs and passions of its residents. 

In this second volume of Derby: If These Walls Could Talk, Nicola Rippon continues to look at what the built environment tells us about the history of Derby and it also charts the creativity, determination and interests of its citizens from the arrival of the railways to the present day. 

Published May 2020. 104 pages, text and pictures, 234 x 156mm.
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As with Volume One of work, the buildings selected here were not chosen simply because of their great architectural or aesthetic merits. Occasionally, they are not buildings at all – the Arboretum being a case in point – but are most certainly still part of our built environment. What is included and what is omitted is clearly subjective – readers may agree with some but not all; they will have their own preferences. My choices. were selected because they take us to the critical points in our city’s history, to witness life here, and to meet our great citizens, some famed, most anonymous. Each structure plays its own part in teaching us just how Derby became the city it is today. 

Much of the research for this book has come from the pages of local newspapers. What we now know as the Derby Telegraph was previously known as the Derby Evening Telegraph and the Derby Daily Telegraph. For ease, I have chosen to use modern title. 

This second volume takes Derby from the arrival of the first steam trains – from that point the modern town, as it then was, began to take shape – to the present day.