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Thread: Great Northern Railway Warehouse, Derby, June 2019

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Great Northern Railway Warehouse, Derby, June 2019

    1. The History
    The bonded Railway Warehouse was built for the Great Northern Railway (GNR) at their Friargate Station in Derby between 1877-8 by Kirk & Randall of Sleaford. Constructed of red brick with a Welsh slate and glazed roof, it was rectangular in shape with triangular office block with a mezzanine floor to the east. The main part of the warehouse was built over three floors. The basement level was used for storing bonded goods of all types. The next floor provided more storage whilst the top floor served as a grain store and featured two grain chutes and ten hydraulic cranes

    Services stopped operating from Friargate station in 1963 and from the goods yard in 1968. Hence it has now stood empty for over half-a-century. It was listed as Grade II in 1986. Planning was granted to the current owners, Clowes, in October 2011 for 140 homes, offices, cafés and shops, while turning the warehouse into a supermarket. However, in June, 2015, the firm revealed that a downturn in financial fortunes for Britain’s supermarkets had prevented progress. In 2017 national architecture charity the Victorian Society included The Great Northern Railway Warehouse on its 2017 top-10 endangered buildings list. The year after, in 2018, Clowes confirmed that it still intends to restore the warehouse building to its former glory, having announced a deal to create the school on the nine-acres of Friar Gate Goods Yard.

    Nearby is the Derby Friargate Goods Yard Engine House which is in equally a poor state. The engine house supplied power to the hydraulic lifts and capstans at the Great Northern Railway goods warehouse. The building pictured in 2012:

    Friargate engine house by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Picture © Copyright Stephen Richards

    During the buildings later years the Friargate Pine Company took it over, using it as a warehouse and fireplace show room. However, it was ravaged by fire in 2013 very sadly causing the death of a homeless man sleeping inside died.

    2. The Explore
    After a fail at a nearby mill, this place was also a fail. It is completely secured and even after two circuits of this massive building, getting in was wasn’t going to be a possibility. A ladder would have got me up to the 1st floor windows but even then, it would have been touch and got if I could squeeze through the rough-iron windows frames. The current owners have secured it good and proper which explains the lack of recent reports on this place. However, given the number of external shots I got plus the nice graff and the nearby engine house made it still worth a report.

    3. The Pictures

    img1433 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The western end:

    img1434 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And some decent graff to be fair:

    img1435 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1436 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The northern side:

    img1437 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The massive iron roof girders:

    img1438 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1439 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A tantalising glimpse inside:

    GNR Warehouse Derby 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The warehouse offices at the eastern end:

    GNR Warehouse Derby 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another peek inside:

    GNR Warehouse Derby 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The southern side:

    img1450 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1456 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    GNR Warehouse Derby 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1451 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1452 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1457 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1461 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    GNR Warehouse Derby 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the engine house:

    img1462 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1465 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Also pretty much gone inside too:

    GNR Warehouse Derby 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: 5t3tcv743, ginger5092, Hugh Jorgan, KPUrban_, Mearing, MrGruffy, ocelot397, Old Wilco, One eyed Spaniel, rockfordstone, Sabtr, smiler
  4. #2
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Aberdeen, Scotland


    A nice update. Most of the floors are pretty well gone. But the building still has character.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

  5. Thanks given by: theartist
  6. #3
    Join Date
    October 2010
    Lost in Cornwall


    Nice that, I enjoyed it, Thanks

  7. #4
    Join Date
    March 2018


    Nice one, whats with the soap? Or it a reference only derby people get?

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