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    Myself and Saigon Ob decided to have a mooch around the former Magistrates Court before the redevelopment begins. Much of the history of the place was covered in the previous report.

    In art deco fan communities Derby is often listed alongside London and Liverpool for its art deco and early modernist architecture, which is scattered around the city in the form of shops, housing, factories and cinemas. At the centre of this was Derby's pre WW2 borough architect, Charles Herbert Aslin whose art deco influenced architecture was part of the large scale regeneration of Derby's riverside.

    Sadly by 2010 the only examples of this scheme will be Exeter Bridge, the Council House (though is sinking) and the Magistrates which is to be converted to offices. Unfortunately with the Magistrates Court I fear many of its fine details could be lost.

    Bit of a challenge finding the way in but once inside no trouble... until we left, though that's not important, though I discourage future explorers from visiting following our experiences. The 1960s block wasn't so easy however personally it offered little merit other then the opportunity to go on the rooftop and to look at the Nuclear warning system.





    The fine staircase which greeted the wrong side of the law....


    No broken porcelain to report....


    The interior is so much nicer than the exterior...






    One of the buildings impressive sky lights.




    ORDER *bang bang* Saigon Ob in the dock with Judge Thompski... well what else did you expect us to do :D


    Art deco light and ceiling


    Now for the cells






    And a rooftop shot, the building to the left is the council house, the central feature of the riverside regeneration scheme. If you look inside both the court and the council house share alot in common. The council house was meant to be completed in 1939 (I believe the date stone on the portico entrance reads this) however it wasn't until much later (1950s I think) due to the outbreak of the second world war. Thankfully it remained true to the original designs, despite the differences between pre and post WW2 tastes.

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    Excellent pics guys, absolutely love that stair case, and liking you two in the court room lol. Well, did you get off, or sentenced to a long prison term? hehehe.

    Nice one chaps,

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    I got sentenced to a few days with stinging legs as my urbax wear isn`t really up to scratch....Shorts and deep nettles = throbbing ancles for a day...But it was worth it
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    ouch on the nettle stings.

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    nice shots, sounds like you had fun... for a while at least :D

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    Yeah it was a really good explore...Unfortunately we had to show security where we got in so future explores might be hard...

    My camera doesn`t make the place look as good as thompski`s did but here are a few i liked...



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    good photos
    looks a good explore love the art deco stuff

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    Nice work guys:)You have got some great shots of some of the original features,hope they retain them when they change the use of the building
    How come I always find the deep water, pigeon crap and rotten floor boardslol

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    Wilson Bowden (whom are redeveloping the site) are meant to be reusing the Magistrates Court for small businesses, and the rooms within are pretty good size for that. The redevelopment is meant to retain and restore the original features, we found a locked up room with various ornamentation inside - so perhaps they'll be true to their word.

    Maber are designing the new building, whom also designed the Joseph Wright Centre. Like a lot of new buildings around the city seems to pay homage to the cities early modernist past.
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    Tried to crack this a year or so ago , so glad to see what we missed , nicely reported..
    Wish you were here !!

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