Alvaston

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Alvaston
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St Michael and All Angels' church
Alvaston is located in Derbyshire
Alvaston
Alvaston
 Alvaston shown within Derbyshire
Population 16,255 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK345395
District Derby
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE24
Dialling code 01332
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Derby South
List of places
UK
England
Derbyshire

Coordinates: 52°53′51″N 1°25′23″W / 52.89754°N 1.42319°W / 52.89754; -1.42319

Former Road Toll House on London Road
The Rex cinema is now a car showroom
The Roundhouse pub
Blue Peter pub
Alvaston Lake

Alvaston (/ˈɒlvəstən/ or /ˈælvəstən/)[i] is a large suburb and ward of Derby, England. Alvaston is situated on the A6, three miles south-east of Derby city centre and probably owes its name to Allwald. It is bordered to the north by the wards of Derwent, Chaddesden and Spondon, to the west is the City Centre, to the south are Sinfin and Chellaston and to the east the district of South Derbyshire.

The village of Alvaston has existed since at least the eleventh century.[1] Rapid expansion came in the second half of the 19th Century and in 1904 the electric tram replaced the horse-bus service and, with the advent of the motor car, London Road became the A6. It became part of Derby in the late twentieth century.

The smaller, neighbouring village of Boulton[1] has been swallowed up by Alvaston, and Boulton is rarely referred to by name.

History[edit]

The village is recorded in the Domesday Book and expanded rapidly with the coming of improved public transport to Derby, and the arrival of the railways and associated employment in the mid nineteenth century. Alvaston was the terminus of a tram route, and later a trolleybus route, which ran along London Road.

Few of the buildings in Alvaston date from before this era. There are several parallel streets of terraced Victorian housing in the Crewton district, large Edwardian detached villas stringing out away from the village centre, 1930s semi-detached homes, and a large expanse of post-Second World War council housing.

Government[edit]

Alvaston is part of the Derby South (UK Parliament constituency) constituency for Westminster elections.

Geography[edit]

Alvaston lies to the southeast of Derby city centre, bounded to the east by the A6 dual carriageway, and to the north by the River Derwent.

Two miles to the west lies the site of the Derby Canal, the nineteenth century township of Allenton, and the Osmaston Park Industrial Estate. To the north-west on the A6 towards Derby, a small settlement of Victorian terraced homes forms Wilmorton. The Pride Park development, which includes the Derby County football stadium, is a short walk away. To the north, the River Derwent flows from Derby towards its confluence with the River Trent. The long-established chemical works of Celenese(formally Accordis and Courtaulds) are the northern bank, towards Spondon. To the east lies the open countryside of South Derbyshire and Elvaston Castle Country Park, a favourite place for picnics and lakeside walks. To the south, Boulton Moor stretches towards Chellaston and Aston-on-Trent. Perched on the edge of the settlement, on Stocker Flat and overlooking Boulton Moor may be found a maze of 1970s–1980s-built culs-de-sac and footpaths, leading to council and privately built homes.

Demography[edit]

At the 2011 census the population of Alvaston was 16,255 and is made up of approximately 50% females and 50% males. The average age of people in Alvaston is 37 (2011 Census). 87.5% of people living in Alvaston were born in England. Other top answers for country of birth were 1.1% Scotland, 0.9% India, 0.8% Ireland, 0.6% Jamaica, 0.5% Pakistan, 0.5% Philippines, 0.5% Northern Ireland, 0.5% Wales, 0.4% Zimbabwe. (2011 Census) 93.6% of people living in Alvaston speak English. The other top languages spoken are 1.6% Polish, 0.4% Panjabi, 0.4% Urdu, 0.4% Tagalog/Filipino, 0.3% Russian, 0.3% Czech, 0.2% Kurdish, 0.2% Latvian, 0.2% Italian. (2011 Census) The religious make up of Alvaston is 53.6% Christian, 34.0% No religion, 2.5% Muslim, 1.2% Sikh, 0.4% Hindu, 0.3% Buddhist, 0.1% Jewish. (2011 Census)

Economy[edit]

Alvaston is mainly residential. The main shopping centre of Alvaston can be found at the junction of the A6 London Road and the A5111 Derby Ring Road. Alvaston shopping centre holds a small number of chain and independent shops, including a men's barbers, two card shops, Michaels Drink Store, BP and Iceland. In recent years a lot of independent shops have closed down and have been replaced with many takeaways.

Culture and community[edit]

Pubs include the Blue Peter, Needles, Lodge, Roundhouse, Silver Ghost, Cornishman, Brackens, Blue Jay and Coronation. There are doctors surgeries on Boulton Lane, Keldhome Lane and London Road, and dentists on Coleman Street, Raynesway and two on London Road. The main parks are Alvaston Park, Keldholme Lane Park and Kiwi Park.

Alvaston Park is a picturesque, riverside park covering 85 acres. As well as the sports facilities mentioned below, it has a lake with fishing and a model boat club, a science garden, play area and a new café. The park opened to the public in 1913 after William Curzon of Breedon Hall made some of his land available. It was landscaped by William Barron and Son of Borrowash – a firm founded by the young Scotsman who laid out the park at Elvaston Castle for Lord Harrington in 1830. A five acre lake was added in 1923 but in 1934 it was found to be badly polluted and the town council had to urgently clear Cotton Brook to restore the water purity of the lake in time for the carnival. During the Second World War the park was used as a prisoner of war camp, part of which was for Germans and the other for Italians. The Italians worked in the fields of local farmers and the Germans worked at the ordnance depot on Sinfin Lane. A further 61.8 acres was added after the Second World War for use as playing fields.

Landmarks[edit]

Aside from the church, listed buildings in the village include Church Farm and its associated cottages on Church Street, which date to the early 16th[2] or early 17th-century. There is another Grade II farmhouse dating from the 18th century on Boulton Lane. The Poplars, in Ellastone Gardens, is a Grade II-listed Georgian building with an iron shield of arms on the side elevation.[3]

Transport[edit]

Derby Carz have opened a taxi rank on Shardlow Road.

A preserved trolleybus showing Alvaston as its destination

Bus Routes[edit]

  • ARRIVA – 1,1A – Derby – Alvaston Circular
  • ARRIVA – 4,4A – Derby – Alvaston – Allenton Circular
  • KINCHBUS – skylink – Derby – Alvaston – East Midlands Airport – Loughborough – Leicester

Education[edit]

Alvaston has two secondary schools: Noel-Baker School and Merrill Academy. The suburb has several primary schools, notably Alvaston Junior Community School (AJCS), St John Fisher and Oakwood infant and junior school.

Religious sites[edit]

There are several churches, of Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Roman Catholic denominations. There are two Anglican churches: The 1856 St Michael and All Angels Church[4] is at the heart of the old village of Alvaston, serving the ecclesiastical parish of Alvaston covering Alvaston and Boulton Moor.
The Boulton St Mary's Church.[5] "Boulton St Mary's", is thought to be of Norman origin.

Alvaston Baptist church, Alvaston street, Alvaston - geograph.org.uk - 362541.jpg Alvaston Methodist church, Brighton Road, Alvaston - geograph.org.uk - 362449.jpg St. Michael & All Angels Alvaston.jpg Boulton St Mary's Church 1.jpg English martyrs catholic church, London road Alvaston - geograph.org.uk - 362568.jpg
Alvaston Baptist church Alvaston Methodist church Alvaston St.Michael & All Angels
Anglican Church
Boulton St. Mary's church English Martyrs Catholic church

Sport[edit]

There are recreation grounds on Field Lane and Elvaston Lane. Alvaston and Boulton cricket club competes in the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League. Anthony Woolley, formerly of Derbyshire, played for them until 2011. Charlie Keetley scored 80 goals for the football club in the 1926-7 season, before going on to play for Leeds and Bradford. Alvaston Park has a National Standard BMX track, which has hosted regional and national race meetings, as well as pitches and a skateboard park and adiZone outdoor gym. On 7 December 2009 the deputy mayor of Derby Councillor Fareed Hussain opened an outdoor gymasium called the AdiZone and new changing rooms were opened on 2 May 2011.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Alvaston
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(45)
7
(45)
9
(48)
12
(54)
15
(59)
18
(64)
21
(70)
21
(70)
18
(64)
14
(57)
10
(50)
7
(45)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
1
(34)
2
(36)
4
(39)
6
(43)
9
(48)
11
(52)
11
(52)
9
(48)
7
(45)
4
(39)
2
(36)
6
(43)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 84
(3.31)
60
(2.36)
67
(2.64)
57
(2.24)
48
(1.89)
55
(2.17)
50
(1.97)
55
(2.17)
60
(2.36)
60
(2.36)
70
(2.76)
80
(3.15)
746
(29.37)
Source: Met Office[6]

Notable people[edit]

Jack O'Connell

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis's On Early English Pronunciation p.36 gave the contemporary local pronunciation in the village in 1869 as /ˈɒvəstən/ with the /l/ elided.

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