SK3436 : Vernon Gate on South Street

taken 9 years ago, near to Derby, Great Britain

Vernon Gate on South Street
Vernon Gate on South Street
Viewed from Vernon Street.

Now a business centre and housing development which has been built in the grounds of what was the Greyhound Stadium (itself built in 1932). Before that it was Derby's Prison (county gaol) where the last public hanging in England was performed on April 11th 1862.

The Greyhound Stadium closed in 1988 and when the area was redeveloped in 1996, they kept the original frontage of the prison.
Derby - Vernon Street Area
Vernon Street, Vernon Gate and South Street form part of Derby's Friar Gate Conservation Area.

The following information is summarised from Derby City Council's 2012 Conservation Area Appraisal (see
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Vernon Street (and South Street) is an example of Regency town planning laid out in 1826-8 as part of Francis Goodwin’s County Gaol scheme. His ambitious scheme laid out Vernon Street as a sort of triumphal avenue from Friar Gate leading directly to the façade of the new gaol. South Street ran across the façade, bisecting an elliptical open space at the south end of Vernon Street, once known as The Crescent.

The land in front of the Gaol was used for public executions until 1862. Francis Goodwin was also responsible for St John’s Church in Bridge Street.

Vernon Street was a planned early 19th century development where the buildings have been built in strict conformity with parallel building lines on either side of a wide street designed to align directly with the façade of the former County Gaol. Despite the demolition of the main gaol buildings, the relationship of street, buildings, open space and planned vista has been retained. Vernon Street is a good example of Regency town planning that provides a historically interesting contrast to the Georgian planned development of the north side of Friar Gate of 60 years earlier.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 April, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 April, 2010
Historic building   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 342 363 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.4128N 1:29.4802W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 343 364
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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