English Heritage has reported that in Derbyshire we have a dismal record of establishing conservation areas to recognise our industrial heritage.
What can be done to establish more conservation areas to recognise our previous world-beating manufacturing?
It’s disappointing to note that even in the current proposed extension of the town centre conservation area, the important Manor School campus site, originally named after Alderman Harry Cropper, is to succumb to the wrecker’s ball.
As one of our members has pointed out, together with the “Spire” and the Town Hall, this is one of the town’s three “signature” buildings, readily identifiable when approaching from a number of directions.
The case may well be lost now for Manor, but it may be possible to retain the “signature” prominence that gives our town part of its character.
In Chesterfield and the wider area, we must think about our heritage – conservation areas give us local pride.
North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
15 Kelburn Avenue, Walton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 3DG