Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The world around you

People often ignore the world around them when they become common place  you just brush it aside. You see it every day so why should you notice ? . I am guilty of ignoring the village where I live I say village it has become a suburban sprawl , but to me it has the best of both worlds. I am on the edge of the countryside where believe it or not chickens do actually cross the road. I regularly herd them back towards the farm at the end of my road.

Its not your quintdissebtial village your don't have Miss Marple snooping around with people poping their clogs in suspicious manners.

Chellaston farm house

Chellaston was in 1009 when it was known as Ceoleardesbeorge (beorg meaning hill) [Place Names of Derbyshire by Cameron.] By 1086, the Domesday Survey named it as Celerdestune or Celardestune . Eventually, after various spellings through time it became known as Chellaston.Religion
St Peter’s Church probably dates from at least the 13th century when mention of “a gift by Alexander formerly Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to Walter, Bishop of Karliol [Carlisle] of the church of Meleburn with its chapels of Chelardeston and Neuton” is made of it in a document in the Cumbrian County Record Office. The responsibility for the church at Chellaston stayed with Melbourne until the late 19th century when the Reverend Joseph Hughes became the first resident incumbent at St Peter’s, Chellaston, previously a curate had looked after the church. In 1840 a tower was built on the church.

Methodism probably came to Chellaston in about 1812 when a Mr W Astle asked that his house situated in Chellaston may be used for public worship by those dissenting from the Church of England, called Methodists. Eventually a new chapel was built in 1876 in the High Street.

In 1868 Chellaston Baptist Chapel was opened on Derby Road but this disappeared with the building of the Parkway estate in the late 1970s.

In the 1970s the St. Ralph Sherwin Roman Catholic Church on Swarkestone Road opened.

St Peters Church Chellaston

Hotels / Public Houses
There are, at the moment (June 2012), four public houses in Chellaston. The Rose and Crown, the Corner Pin (formerly the New Inn), The Bonnie Prince and The Lawns, which is also a hotel with accommodation. There is also the Chellaston club, previously the Royal British Legion.

The Red Lion has been turned into the local Tesco express well I never !. The original Red Lion dates from c1829. This was pulled down in August 1963 and the present derelict building was erected in the gardens of the first building.

The Corner Pin (New Inn) dates from about the same time as the original Red Lion (although it is attached to a cruck building which has been integrated into the main structure, this is of an earlier date) and is still a thriving public house today.

The Rose and Crown is almost certainly the oldest of Chellaston’s public houses. It was originally thatched and although much altered if you look closely it can be seen to be a far older building. It has recently (March 2010) been refurbished. Meals are served here.

The Lawns was converted from a Victorian villa (The Lawn) into a hotel/public house (The Lawns) in the mid to late 1900s. After a closure of approximately a year The Lawns reopened under new management in March 2010 and now has a smart restaurant area, a snug bar with television and a bar area in which snacks are served. There is also a function room which caters for weddings etc. Overnight accommodation can be found here.

The Bonnie Prince was converted in the late 1990s from a Victorian residence (Holme Leigh) and has also recently been refurbished. Meals are served here.

There is also the Chellaston Club, which has changed from a Royal British Legion social club to that of a general community social club, although it still retains an office for the R.B.L. Branch Committee to hold regular meetings. There is a function room upstairs. The aim of the club is to provide a wide based entertainment programme suitable for all tastes in a lively but safe venue away from the centre of town. This building was also a Victorian villa called The Hollies. The occupant in 1911 was Henry Fowler (later Sir Henry Fowler), Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Midland Railway..
In 1796 the Derby Canal opened, running through west Chellaston linking the Trent and Mersey Canal with Derby. The canal closed in the mid 20th century but there are now plans to re-open it..
The road through Chellaston became a turnpike (toll road) in 1856. The toll house stood at the roadside, approximately where the bus stop in front of the chemist’s shop is now..
The Midland Railway opened the Derby-Melbourne branch in 1868, eventually extending to Worthington, Weston on Trent and Stenson. There was a railway station at the bottom of Station Road which closed in 1930 and after that the branch line operated solely as a freight line, eventually this ceased about 1966.
Today Chellaston is a large suburban village within the City of Derby.


  1. What super photos - and a lovely place to live.
    My eyes have just turned greeeeeen!

  2. Pretty pictures. Sounds so interesting.

  3. This could not have been more charming, and it's fascinating how you dig into the history! That second photo is sooo beautiful.

  4. looks like a lovely village, x


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