Derby - Riverside Gardens
w/e 9 April 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Riverside Gardens

There are a number of building projects and road alterations taking place in the centre of Derby, some of them the cause of long standing debate and some controversy but amid all the upset the Riverside Gardens provide an oasis of calm where the citizens can escape all the hustle and bustle. This short walk takes us along the riverbank between two road bridges, from one carrying a main thoroughfare through the city, St Alkmund's Way to the bridge on Derwent Street.

The river in question is the Derwent and the noise of the nearby city centre traffic is lost against the sound of the water tumbling over the weir as it makes its way downstream to link up with the Trent.
The Birdman

The Riverside Gardens are often used by city workers during their lunch breaks and they provide a pleasant environment in fine weather to sit and eat a snack whilst watching the birds. A sudden flurry of feathers meant that the birds too knew it was time for lunch, on this occasion provided by a gentleman with a bag full of food.
A Boy and Ram

If you think you've seen a picture of this statue on the site before, you could well be correct. It first appeared back in 2002 when it was situated in the Main Centre but since then (September 2005) it has been relocated on a temporary basis in the Riverside Gardens whilst one of those building projects mentioned earlier takes place. The statue 'A Boy and Ram' by Wilfred Dudeney is scheduled to be returned to its original location in the city centre in 2008 on completion of the construction of the Westfield shopping centre.
Council House

The Council House backs onto the Riverside Gardens near Derwent Street and the neatly tended lawns and colourful borders serve to enhance this pleasant walk.
Exeter Bridge

Derwent Street crosses the river by means of Exeter Bridge and a plaque on the bridge recounts that it was rebuilt between 1929 and 1931 and opened on March 13th 1931 by the Rt. Hon Herbert Morrison MP. PC. Pillars at the four corners of the bridge feature bas relief sculptures of four famous Derby people. They are John Lombe 1693-1722, a pioneer in the manufacture of silk; William Hutton 1723-1815, who wrote the first published history of Derby in 1791; Erasmus Darwin 1731-1802, the physician, botanist and poet who lived in Derby for the last 20 years of his life and Herbert Spencer 1820-1903, philosopher and originator of the new science of sociology. Today they share the bridge not only with the traffic but also with the pigeons that roost underneath whilst another of those building projects - see the crane - goes on nearby.

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