Pepper-Pot Tower Saved

After being threatened with demolition it is good news for the Pepper-Pot Towers at the former Derby Royal Infirmary site.

It had been proposed that one of the Pepper-Pot Towers would be demolished as part of a 500-home development on the former hospital site on London Road in the city of Derby.

To allow access of London Road the developers felt that it was necessary to remove the Tower that isn’t statutory listed but is included on Derby’s local list of buildings that are of architectural or historical importance.

The two towers are all that remain of the former Hall & Young's Derbyshire Royal Hospital a building that was built in the early 1890s and opened in 1891 by Queen Victoria with the other parts of the site being demolished in 2015.

To give weight to the importance of the retention of the Pepper-Pot Tower a petition was started by one of trustees and quickly gained over 4,000 signatures. Further support was also given by The Victorian Society, Derby Civic Society and BBC Radio Derby along with others from the City and further afield.

We still feel that further amendments to the proposed scheme would be beneficial with more details being required on how both buildings are to be incorporated into the overall design but for now it is great to know that the demolition is not going ahead.

The site also includes the Grade II:

  • Queen Victoria Statue

  • Walls and Railings fronting onto London Road

  • Florence Nightingale Statue and Surrounding Stonework

  • Wilderslowe House

Vacant Victorian Villas on the southern side of the site are also in danger of being lost with a recent arson attempt and vandalism allowing them to fall into dereliction. These are not statutory listed but are within the Hartington Street Conservation Area.

The Derby Telegraph ran several articles regarding the Pepper-Pot Towers and these can be found here

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