California, Derby

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For other uses, see California (disambiguation).
Derby terrace.jpg
Terraced houses in California.
California is located in Derbyshire
 California shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK341356
District Derby
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE22
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Coordinates: 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). Though the name frequently appears on Ordnance Survey maps, it is seldom if ever used amongst locals who prefer to refer to the area as 'Stocky' (short for Stockbrook Park which is situated here).[citation needed]

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.