Derby Through Its StreetsAuthor: Maxwell Craven MBE
An intriguing journey through the city's streets by the doyen of Derby historians, Maxwell Craven MBE. It is first and foremost a gazetteer of Derby's streets and more than a thousand are covered, complemented by hundreds of photographs and illustrations. The result is one of the most comprehensive books ever published on the city. The focus is primarily on the areas contained by the ring road, which means that it covers not only the medieval centre with its ancient gates and lanes but also the inner suburbs.
Putting his encyclopedic knowledge of the city to good use the author explains how, and why, streets acquired their names. He also discusses the architecture of Derby; the different housing types and the most prominent buildings. Along the way we also meet Derby's most-famous citizens, discover the origins of its great industries and learn much more about its schools, churches and civic institutions. It is a truly impressive book that everyone with an interest in Derby will want to read.