END OF AN ERA: Old Derbyshire Times’ buildings to be demolished

The Derbyshire Times' former home on Station Road in Chesterfield. Archive picture.
The Derbyshire Times' former home on Station Road in Chesterfield. Archive picture.
  • Buildings at the Derbyshire Times’ former Station Road home to be knocked down
  • Work will take place over next five months
  • Developers intend to create more car parking spaces at the site

The former Derbyshire Times’ buildings are to be demolished – marking the end of an era.

Work to knock down the disused buildings on Station Road in Chesterfield is due to begin on Monday.

Planning documents state Cordwell Properties LLP intends to create more car parking spaces at the site after the demolition work has taken place.

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One of the buildings on the site – which used to be the offices for editorial and commercial staff – has been redeveloped into the headquarters for Heathcotes Group, a provider of residential care homes. This will not be knocked down.

The building which formerly housed the printing presses and another building which was used as offices will be demolished.

Station Road was the Derbyshire Times’ home for 100 years.

Over that century, thousands of people from Chesterfield and surrounding areas worked at the premises in a wide variety of roles.

The multimedia publisher relocated to new offices at Spire Walk in Chesterfield in June 2013.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council – which is responsible for highways – said Mill Street and Station Road would be closed between Corporation Street and Spa Lane between Monday and May 30 to facilitate the demolition work.

A council spokesman said: “A diversion will be in place and access will be maintained, wherever reasonably possible, on the affected length of road.

“The road will reopen as soon as the work is finished – this may be earlier than May 30.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused while the work takes place.”


Comment by Michael Broomhead...

There are vast numbers of people from Chesterfield and surounding areas who worked at the Derbyshire Times’ former home on Station Road over the years. If they didn’t, chances are they’ll know someone who did.

When I started at the Derbyshire Times as a junior reporter in 2010, legendary photographer Bernard Jones – who retired in 2012 after an amazing 48-year career – showed me around the empty buildings.

Of course, they were eerily quite – a far cry from their past of clattering typewriter keys, hot metal and powerful printing presses.

I thought of all the thousands of people who must have set foot in the buildings, all the workplace banter. If walls could talk...

I remember going into the archive room and seeing the hundreds of old newspapers – and being overwhelmed by the smell of them! Boxes of microfilm reels were everywhere. I was looking at several decades of our town and county’s history, documented in words and pictures, in one room.

If you’d like to get in touch with your memories of Station Road, please drop me an email via michael.broomhead@jpress.co.uk