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Coordinates: 52°55′12″N 1°24′04″W / 52.92°N 1.401°W / 52.92; -1.401

Spondon
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Spondon Village, Sitwell Street
Spondon is located in Derbyshire
Spondon

 Spondon shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK403360
District Derby
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE21
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places: UK • England • Derbyshire


Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086,[1] up until the modern era Spondon was a village separate from the city of Derby. Nowadays the two are very close to each other, although Spondon still has a distinct 'village' feel to it.

The name Spondon is Anglo Saxon and describes a gravelly hill. From the south of the area one has to climb uphill to reach what was the village centre, the most common accesses being via Merchant Avenue, Willowcroft Road and Borrowash Road. There are also roads called Gravel Pit Lane and Stoney Lane.

Saint Werburghs Church (Church of England) - the most prominent feature of the villagescape, standing proud as it does atop Church Hill. The existing building dates from around 1390, having been constructed on the site of an earlier church. The architecture be of the Gothic style. The spire reaches 35 meters towards the heavens. An ancient stone cross dating from around 870 can be found in the adjoining churchyard.[1]

In about 1333,[2] a great fire, starting at the Malt Shovel Inn and aided by an easterly wind, swept through the village destroying the church and all but a few houses. The damage was so great that a judge, Roger de Bankwell, was sent to hear pleas for relief from taxes.[2] The Great Fire of Spondon is still commemorated. On its 650th anniversary a village fair was held in the 1990s.

Spondon Library

Industry came to Spondon from the late eighteenth century onwards. Derby Canal (Derby - Sandiacre) opened in 1795, and with this various industries of different intensities followed. The canal closed in 1964. There was talk of reopening for leisure purposes, but as of now, without progress. [2]1839 saw the opening of the railway line from Derby to Nottingham by the Midland Counties Railway.[3] Subsequently more industry was to follow. The industrial belt lies to the south of the Nottingham Road (an old Roman road) as does the canal and then the railway. This demarcation serves to separate the residential three quarters of the village from the industrial quarter. The various industries have included a dye works, electricity generating station, two scrapyards, sewerage works, synthetic fibres works (celanese) and tannery.

One of the high speed links with Derby effectively cuts the village into two, the Borrowash By-Pass (A52), the recently named Brian Clough Way. The oldest and most interesting sections lie north of this road and include the village itself with the beautiful church of Saint Werburgh, and Locko Park, the home of a local land-owning family, the Drury-Lowes. Spondon's secondary schools are also in the north and lie close to the boundary of Chaddesden.

Because of Derby's rail links Spondon is considered by some to be a dormitory village and there are many people who commute to London. Via the main roads, Derby City is no more than 3 minutes away and 1 hour 33 minutes after leaving Derby you can be in London on a fast train (thanks to recent timetable improvements by eastmidlandstrains. The Derby area is well sited for exploration of and quick access to the Peak District National Park.

In addition to its Church and Methodist Chapel, Spondon still has its own railway station on the Nottingham- Derby line, though with a rather limited service, and its own cricket team.

Spondon won the Urban Community award on the 2005 Britain in Bloom awards.

Spondon is ever more becoming famous for its pub crawls, with a proud selection to choose from.

Spondon also holds one of Derby's few grade one listed building, The Homestead - currently under the ownership of the Rutherford Family.

Spondon is the home of famous YouTuber Jake Walmsley.

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  1. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.748
  2. ^ a b Roger de Bankwell at Dictionary of National Biography now in the public domain

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