Underneath the arches: five of my favourite bridges in Derby

Having been inspired by Mark Pack, Stephen Glenn and Jonathan Calder‘s posts about their five favourite bridges, I’ve also decided to join in with the latest meme that’s sweeping the world of Liberal Democrats who blog(*).

The additional challenge I set myself was to find all five of my bridges within the City of Derby, as that’s home. The photographs were all taken yesterday, so unfortunately the light wasn’t particularly good.

1. The Bridge That Isn’t There

East Street, Derby, 14-02-2015I admit that this is an unusual way to start. It’s a view of East Street and there’s no bridge. But when the buildings on both sides of the street were occupied by the Derby Co-operative Society, there was a walkway between their supermarket on the left hand side to the Central Hall building on the right.

When I was growing up in the late 60s / early 70s I loved this bridge, as crossing it meant that I was about to get my hands on some more Lego. The walkway (albeit closed to the public for many years) certainly survived into the 1990s and possibly later. I’ve found it rather difficult to find photographs of the walkway, and the one I did find from 1988 has been removed from the internet since I wrote this.

2. Exeter Bridge

This bridge crosses the Derwent directly into the heart of the city and was on the main route in until the inner ring road was built in the 1970s. It incorporates four commemorative copper plaques to the Derby luminaries Erasmus Darwin, Herbert Spencer, William Hutton and John Lombe – one on each pillar. This is the view of the bridge from the Riverside Gardens, with the newly restored Council House and re-purposed Magistrate’s Court buildings on the left hand side.

Exeter bridge, Derby, 14-02-2015… and this is the fifth copper plaque, marking its re-opening in 1931.

Exeter bridge plaque, Derby, 14-02-2015

3. The Cathedral Green Footbridge

The newest of my five bridges was opened in 2009 and is in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage site, next to the Silk Mill. It’s a swing bridge, although I’ve never personally witnessed it being opened. The design is striking and the views it provides of All Saints’ Cathedral and the Silk Mill are excellent.

Cathedral Green footbridge and Silk Mill, Derby, 14-02-2015Catherdral Green footbridge, Derby, 14-02-2015

4. St Mary’s Bridge

Also in the World Heritage area is St Mary’s bridge. The current bridge dates from the 18th century, though there has been one on this site for centuries. The most interesting feature of the bridge is the medieval chapel, restored in 1930 and is one of six surviving bridge chapels in England. There’s also an adjoining 17th century chapel house. It’s desperately sad that the design of the inner ring road now makes it impossible to fully appreciate the chapel and house from the outside.

St Mary's Bridge, Derby, 14-02-2015St. Mary's Bridge Chapel, Derby, 14-02-2015

5. Friar Gate Bridge

Built by Andrew Handyside & Co in the 1870s for the Great Northern Railway, the bridge that dominates this Georgian street became redundant in 1967 after the line closed. It’s main claim to fame is that it appears to have been responsible for inspiring the Flanagan and Allen song “Underneath the Arches”. Unfortunately it seems to be in a poor state of repair at the moment, despite the promise made by Derby’s council in 1970 when it was acquired by them for £1.

Firar Gate Birdge, Derby, 14-02-2015

(*) as distinct from being a blogger who writes mainly about the Liberal Democrats!

 

My twenty books meme

Thinking logically about the last post, it doesn’t really say that much about how widely (or otherwise) I’m read and what my real tastes are. There’s not that many science fiction or humorous books on either list, for example. So below (in no particular order,but grouping the same author together as it reflects my bookshelves) are 20 books I have, love and have probably read lots of times that aren’t on either of the ‘top 100’ lists from the previous post.

1. [x+] A Girl in the Head, J.G. Farrell
2. [x+] The Siege of Krishnapur, J.G. Farrell
3. [x+] The Singapore Grip, J.G. Farrell
4. [x+] Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
5. [x+] Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis
6. [x+] Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
7. [x+] The Rituals of Infinity, Michael Moorcock
8. [x+] Drop the Dead Donkey 2000, Andy Hamilton and Alistair Beaton
9. [x+] A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
10. [x+] Down Under, Bill Bryson
11. [x+] 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
12. [x+] A Fall of Moondust, Arthur C. Clarke
13. [x+] Red Shift, Alan Garner
14. [x+] High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
15. [x+] Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby
16. [x+] The Benn Diaries, Tony Benn
17. [x+] Brainstorms, Daniel Dennett
18. [x+] Earthsearch, James Follett
19. [x+] The Death of Grass, John Christopher
20. [x+] The Damned United, David Peace

100%! Can anyone else claim the same list?

100 books meme

Apparently the BBC(#) thinks most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ before those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.

How many have you read? Only 11/100 for me …

1. [ ] – The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. [ ] – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. [ ] – His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. [x+ ] – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. [ ] – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. [ ] – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. [ x] – Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. [x+ ] – Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. [ x] – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. [ ] – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. [ x] – Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. [ ] – Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. [ ] – Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. [ ] – Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. [ ] – The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. [ ] – The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. [ ] – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. [ ] – Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. [ x] – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. [ ] – War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. [ ] – Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. [ ] – The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. [ ] – Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. [ ] – Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. [ ] – A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. [ ] – The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. [ ] – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. [ ] – The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. [ ] – One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. [ ] – The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. [ ] – David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. [ ] – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. [ ] – Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. [ ] – A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. [ ] – Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. [ ] – Dune, Frank Herbert
40. [ ] – Emma, Jane Austen
41. [ ] – Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. [x ] – Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. [ ] – The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. [ ] – The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. [ ] – Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. [x+ ] – Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. [ ] – A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. [ ] – Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. [ ] – Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. [ ] – The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. [ ] – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. [ ] – Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. [ ] – The Stand, Stephen King
54. [ ] – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. [ ] – A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. [ ] – The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. [ ] – Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. [ ] – Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. [ ] – Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. [ ] – Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. [ ] – Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. [ ] – Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. [ ] – A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. [ ] – The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. [ ] – Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. [ ] – The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. [ ] – The Magus, John Fowles
68. [ ] – Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. [ ] – Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. [x+ ] – Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. [ ] – Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. [ ] – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. [ ] – Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. [ ] – Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. [x ] – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. [ ] – The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. [ ] – The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. [ ] – Ulysses, James Joyce
79. [ ] – Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. [ ] – Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. [ ] – The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. [ ] – I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. [ ] – Holes, Louis Sachar
84. [ ] – Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. [ ] – The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. [ ] – Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. [ x] – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. [ ] – Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. [ ] – Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. [ ] – On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. [ ] – The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. [ ] – The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. [ ] – The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. [ ] – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. [ ] – Katherine, Anya Seton
96. [ ] – Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. [ ] – Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. [ ] – Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. [ ] – The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. [ ] – Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

(#) … or do they? Here’s another one that claims to be a BBC list too – lots of controversy about both, by the looks of things. I do slightly better on this version – 18/100

1. [ ] Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. [ ] The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. [ ] Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. [ ] Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. [ ] To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. [x]The Bible
7. [ ] Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. [x+] Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. [ ] His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. [ ] Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. [ ] Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. [ ] Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. [x] Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. [ ] Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. [ ] Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. [] The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. [ ] Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. [ ] Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. [ ] The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. [ ] Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. [ ] Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. [ ] The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. [ ] Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. [ ] War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. [x+] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. [ ] Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. [ ] Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. [ ] Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. [ ] Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. [ ] The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. [ ] Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. [ ] David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. [x] Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. [ ] Emma – Jane Austen
35. [ ] Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. [x] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. [ ] The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. [x] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. [ ] Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. [x] Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. [x+] Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. [x] The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. [ ] One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. [ ] A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. [ ] The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. [ ] Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. [ ] Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. [ ] The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. [x+] Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. [ ] Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. [x+] Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. [ ] Dune – Frank Herbert
53. [ ] Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. [ ] Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. [ ] A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. [ ] The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. [ ] A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. [x] Brave New World – Aldous Huley
59. [x+] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. [ ] Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. [ ] Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. [ ] Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. [ ] The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. [ ] The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. [ ] Count of Monte Cristo – Aleandre Dumas
66. [ ] On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. [ ] Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. [x] Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. [ ] Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. [ ] Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. [ ] Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. [x] Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. [ ] The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. [x+] Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. [ ] Ulysses – James Joyce
76. [ ] The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. [ ] Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. [ ] Germinal – Emile Zola
79. [ ] Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. [ ] Possession – AS Byatt
81. [ ] A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. [ ] Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. [ ] The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. [ ] The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. [ ] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. [ ] A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. [ ] Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. [ ] The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. [ ] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. [ ] The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. [ ] Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. [ ] The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93. [ ] The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. [x] Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. [ ] A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. [ ] A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. [ ] The Three Musketeers – Aleandre Dumas
98. [ ] Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. [ ] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. [ ] Les Miserables – Victor Hugo