California, Derby

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Derby terrace.jpg
Terraced houses in California.
California is located in Derbyshire
California shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK341356
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE22
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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52°55′01″N 1°29′38″W / 52.917°N 1.494°W / 52.917; -1.494Coordinates: 52°55′01″N 1°29′38″W / 52.917°N 1.494°W / 52.917; -1.494

California is an inner-city area of Derby to the south west of the city in between the A516 (Uttoxeter New Road) and A5250 (Burton Road). It is part of the Abbey ward.


The name California first appears on local maps from the 1880s, and may derive from the California Gold Rush of 1849, but the reason for such an association is unclear.[1]


The area is home to Bemrose Community School and some of the halls of residence for the University of Derby. There are two playing fields nearby; Stockbrook Park and Rykneld Recreation Ground ('The Rec'). Many of the houses in the area are red brick terraces and there are many pubs nearby including the Junction Tavern, the Rowditch and the Bedford Arms.

Towards the south of the area is neighbouring Rowditch district which is home to a large student population. Whilst many of the nearby inner-suburbs of Derby including the West End and Morley Estate have undergone recent gentrification, California has largely retained its traditional character.


  1. ^ Craven, Maxwell (1996). The Illustrated History of Derby's Suburbs. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 35–36. ISBN 1 85983 031 5.