Sitwell Street, Spondon village
Spondon shown within Derbyshire
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The ancient village centre (around St. Werburgh's Church) and the modern commercial centre (Chapel Street - Sitwell Street) are situated atop a ridge which falls-away to the south. Spondon won the Urban Community award from Britain in Bloom in 2005.
The Great Fire of Spondon
In about 1333, a great fire, starting at The Malt Shovel, a local pub, and aided by an easterly wind, swept through the village destroying the church and all but a few houses, with just one casualty, the mayor. The damage was so great that a judge, Roger de Bankwell, was sent to hear pleas for relief from taxes. The Great Fire of Spondon is still commemorated and taught as part of the curriculum in local schools. On its 650th anniversary (circa.1990) a village fair was held.
- St. Werburgh's Church, Spondon.
- Anglo-Saxon Cross, from c.870, located in St.Werburgh's Churchyard.
- The Homestead, large detached Georgian mansion, Sitwell Street.
- Stone Archways, to Spondon House (demolished), Park Road.
- Enoch Stone, Nottingham Road.
- Locko Park.
Spondon holds a small number of chain shops but continues to support the business of many independent tradespeople too, including a men's barbers, a gift shop and a sweet shop. Chapel Street and Sitwell Street (in the centre) are the main areas of this retail activity. Dale Road (north-east) and Nottingham Road (south) also have a row of shops. Superstores (Asda and B&Q) off Nottingham Road (south-west) are also in Spondon.
There are many clubs/groups/societies serving Spondon.
Events - Spondon Village Festival (Carnival). First held in 2010 it is hoped to be an annual event combining carnival and fair.
Facilities - one library, two social clubs, six public houses (the names and numbers have not changed since 1961).
Parks - Brunswood (playground + playingfield), Dale Road (field + landscaping), South Avenue Rec (playground + field), Gravel Pit Lane (playingfield), Locko Park (country park), Spondon Woods (woods + scrub), Stony Cross (woods + scrub), Willowcroft (playing field) .
Venues - Asterdale Club (formerley the Celanese Workers' Club), club grounds, village parks, village hall, old school hall.
There are five state schools located in the village.
Primary Schools - Asterdale (south-east), Borrowood (north-east), St.Werburgh's C of E and Springfield.
Secondary Schools - West Park School.
West Park School represents the merger by default (fire/arson, 28/01/2002) of the former Spondon School (seniors) (State Comprehensive) which was located on two adjoining sites. These sites being the 'upper school' (1960s, grey brick, concrete and glass) at the top of the hillside, the current site, and the 'lower school' (1970s, grey brick, brown tile, timber and glass) at the foot of the hillside, which burned down. The new name comes from the two roads which lead to it.
The Midland Counties Railway opened a line from Derby to Nottingham in 1839. This line became part of the Midland Main Line to London St Pancras railway station. Spondon railway station has a rather limited service to both Derby and Nottingham.
The industrial belt lies to the south of the Nottingham Road (an old Roman road) as does the canal and the railway. These barriers separate the residential three quarters of the village from its industrial quarter. The various industries have included a dye works, electricity generating station, two scrapyards, sewerage works, British Celanese synthetic fibres works and a tannery.
Born in Spondon -
- Anthony Borrington, cricketer.
- Michael Knowles, actor.
- James Herbert Matthews, member of Canadian parliament.
- Robert Priseman, artist.
- Rowena Cade, founder Minack Theatre.
- William Thompson, cricketer.
Links to Spondon -
- Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe, lieutenant-general and knight of the realm.
- Henry Evans, cricketer.
- Richard William Hunt, Keeper of the Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library.
- George Porter, cricketer.
- Graham Coxon, guitarist with Blur.
- Sir Henry Fowler, Chief Engineer for the London Midland and Scottish Railway.
- Ray Colledge, mountaineer who made the third British ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1969.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Spondon.|
- Spondon Online
- Spondon Community Association
- A Village Remembered
- Spondon Community Walk map
- Spondon Village Festival
- Spondon Historical Society
-  Derby Guide - Spondon