Great Northern Railway Warehouse, Derby, June 2019

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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:

48128847883_0636960f2e_o.jpg 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

48122399886_e089f95b96_b.jpg img1433 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The western end:

48122384066_666ee0ac93_b.jpg img1434 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And some decent graff to be fair:

48122464187_bccdd7d13a_b.jpg img1435 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122359066_e4b76069c9_b.jpg img1436 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The northern side:

48122378358_02e75b9364_b.jpg img1437 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The massive iron roof girders:

48122332301_2e4d76bed6_b.jpg img1438 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48123002443_7bf50f9f75_b.jpg img1439 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A tantalising glimpse inside:

48123162688_8c398ffeac_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The warehouse offices at the eastern end:

48123148561_809a661d53_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another peek inside:

48123125596_4dfc8fc15e_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The southern side:

48122242601_ddb2669235_b.jpg img1450 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122297342_bd6bc41407_b.jpg img1456 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48123144611_6f4fa9e258_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122327852_4fd84f84b4_b.jpg img1451 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122221656_85f91625b9_b.jpg img1452 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122283192_e5d98af772_b.jpg img1457 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48122144201_2562bced69_b.jpg img1461 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48123084226_e111f3c7ba_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

On to the engine house:

48123123146_4a4d1ff4aa_b.jpg img1462 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48123096808_33e9eff608_b.jpg img1465 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Also pretty much gone inside too:

48123129238_263351c201_b.jpg GNR Warehouse Derby 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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