Welcome to our first newsletter of the new decade. A decade, we hope, of continuing growth in our activity and impact. You will see there is already a lot of positive activity emerging. Please look at our visits and events to see what interests you and book quickly as some of these are unique opportunities and they are nearly booked up already by supporters.
Whilst rescuing Wingfield Station is our most significant project, for which we will ask your support as it progresses, there is also current activity at Aqueduct Cottage and future activity at Sudbury Gasworks, and possibly even Derby Hippodrome; the latter two in association with sister Trusts.
As you will realise from our participation in the University Of Derby day, we are in need of volunteer supporters of all ages skills and abilities, whether to help with specific projects or the general promotion and management of the Trust. If you have some time, and the inclination, please contact Lucy (email@example.com) who will explain what opportunities are available
Derek Latham (DHBT Chair)
aqueduct cottage - a joint venture with derbyshire wildlife trust
Sitting on the Restoration Steering Group since 2018, DHBT has been working with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to rescue and restore Aqueduct Cottage along the banks of Cromford Canal.
Many volunteer hours have already been spent clearing the site of vegetation and rubble ready for the building work which started last month.
A “light touch” restoration and “informed reconstruction”, using traditional methods and materials will recreate the main structure of the cottage and privy/pig sty outbuilding so it is as close as possible to their original external appearance.
Ultimately, it is hoped to use the building as a visitor hub including a multi-purpose space for use by schools and community groups.
The project has received a £35,000 grant from the Pilgrim Trust Foundation and further cash is being raised through a new crowdfunded campaign which is proving very successful. If you'd like to support this project, you can 'buy a brick' for a £25 donation. Call Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188 and have your payment card handy.
16th November, Elvaston Castle
The 2019 DHBT Architecture Awards were held at the Gothic Hall, Elvaston Castle in November. Preceded by tea and cakes and followed by celebratory champagne and canapés, the Awards are an acknowledgement of those who seek to restore and preserve the county's historic architecture.
Organiser of the awards, DHBT Trustee Oliver Gerrish (pictured, right), thanked fellow judges Matthew Parris, Ian Webster, Liz Stoppard, Peter Milner, Ian Griffiths, David Marley and Barry Joyce before introducing Kit Martin CBE (pictured, left) - the renowned architectural designer, known for his restoration of historic buildings - to make the presentations.
Applications for the 2020 Awards will be opening soon. There are a number of categories available to enter and we encourage entries from organisations and individuals across the county.
Restoration of an historic building in an urban setting:
Joint winners: New Bath Hotel, owner Ahmad Jajbhay; and Ashbourne Town Hall - Guy Taylor Associates for Ashbourne Town Council.
Commended: Coach House at Cavendish Hotel - Haxton Koyander Architecture Ltd for Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.
Reuse of an historic building:
Winner: Wirksworth Heritage Centre - Latham Architects for Wirksworth Heritage Trust.
Commended: Armsgate, Melbourne - Matthew Montague Architects for Stanton Developments.
Commended: The Cosy Club, Derby - David Bland (external works), Richard Pedlar Architects (for the Cosy Club) and Greenhill Construction Ltd for Clowes Developments.
New building in an historic setting:
Winner: The dining hall at Foremark Hall - Matthew Montague Architects for Foremark Hall School.
Commended: Stackyard Cottage - James Boon Architects.
Jason Skipper for his work in restoring the Lido at the New Bath Hotel, Matlock Bath.
Deborah Devonshire Award for an outstanding overall project:
Long Mill at Darley Abbey Mills - CTD Architects for Patterns Developments Ltd.
Photograph courtesy of Derbyshire Life magazine.
Community Launch Events - 24th March and 8th April 2020
As you will probably all know by now, DHBT has finally taken ownership of Wingfield station - one of the country's top ten most important 'at risk' buildings. Now plans are underway to repair and conserve the historically important building for future business and community use.
The rescue was made possible thanks to action by Amber Valley Borough Council to compulsorily purchase the building after more than 30 years of concern.
Built in 1840, the Grade II* Wingfield Station and Parcel Shed closed in 1967 and is one of the earliest stations built in England - possibly the world. It is also the last surviving example of railway architect, Francis Thompson's best work on the North Midland Railway.
Francis Thompson was commissioned by Robert Stephenson - son of George Stephenson - to design 24 stations along the Derby to Leeds section of the North Midland Line. Wingfield Station is the only one to survive.
Development funding of £137,000 has been awarded to DHBT by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the project and an application for a further grant to complete the work is planned.
To mark the start of the project DHBT is holding Community Launch events on Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 8th April both at 7pm at The South Wingfield Social Club. Entry is free but places are limited and booking is essential. The 24th March session is now sold out but tickets are still available for the 8th April -https://wingfield-station2.eventbrite.co.uk