Where Etwall Lane meets the road to Mickleover
Burnaston parish highlighted within Derbyshire
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The village has swift and direct road links with nearby cities Derby and Nottingham, as well as the city of Birmingham that is some forty miles south along the A38 dual carriageway. It is also within twenty miles of East Midlands Airport.
It was the location of Burnaston College - Junior School for Boys, established 1912.
The village is known for Toyota TMUK – one of several British car plants built by Japanese carmakers, as part of cost–saving measures to avoid expenses, such as import duties and shipping costs. Following the decision of Toyota during the second half of the 1980s to build a new factory in Europe, it was established in December 1989, and opened in 16 December 1992.
Burnaston House was demolished to make way for the car factory. The house, which was being restored at the time, was the home of the Every family. This included Ashton Nicholas Every Mosley, who was a high sheriff of Derbyshire. The Toyota site also covers the area formerly occupied by Derby Airport, a small all-grass airfield that was opened in 1938 as Derby's municipal airport. During World War II, it was used for military training purposes.
After the war, it was again used by airlines, including Derby Aviation (later British Midland Airways) until 1965, when the newly reconstructed East Midlands Airport opened. Private flying from Burnaston continued until December 1989, when the site was taken over for car manufacture.
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