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Derby - WW1 Memorial Homes

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of WW1 war memorial homes at Allestree, Derby.
Memorial Road Somme Road Menin Road Ypres Road Lens Road Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
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Last known location:
Memorial Rd
Nearest postcode:
DE22 2NN

SK 33132 39044
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The site lies between Kedleston Road and Markeaton Brook but is difficult to describe because it straddles the parish boundary which has been changed. From 1974 the northern part was in Quarndon Parish and the southern part in the unparished Derby City Council. (See the Administration and History sections below.)
Overall type: Land.

Overall condition: Not known. There is no inscription


A cottage homes and land settlement scheme. The project began with the acquisition of about 4ha of land on which cottage homes were to be built and let at a low rent to disabled former soldiers. Subsequently up to 19ha was acquired on which former service personnel built their own homes The two northern roads are Memorial Road and Somme Road and further roads to the south are Menin Road, Ypres Road and Lens Road It was proposed that residents would buy their plots over a three-year period at a discounted rate. Most of the area has subsequently been redeveloped but the roads remain. (See the History section below.)


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Land Not known Not known
Buildings Not known Lost
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Custodian: Originally the scheme was managed by a committee, believed to have been called the Disabled Ex-Service Men's Memorial Cottages or the Derby and Derbyshire Memorial Homes and Land Settlement for Disabled ex-Service Men, but this is assumed to have been wound up. The roads are now maintained by the Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council as highway authorities within their respective areas.

Local authorities:
 Northern part:

From WW1: Quarndon Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Quarndon Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
 Southern part:
From WW1: Markeaton Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Allestree Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1968: Derby County Borough Council. (unparished)
From 1974: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
30th June, 1919: A press report announced the intention to create a war memorial for Derby in the form of the provision of cottage homes for wounded soldiers and a land settlement scheme. A Settlement Committee had been formed comprising Mr Albert Green MP, chairman; Mr W T Ludlow, vice-chairman; Mr Percy A Lane (of the National Provincial and Union Bank of England), hon. treasurer and Maj Eardley Simpson, RFA, as hon. secretary. About ten acres (c4ha) of land had been acquired from Mrs Mundy's Kedleston Estate at a favourable rate, and three pairs of bungalows with outbuildings, designed by Mr T H Thorpe (hon architect to the Settlement), had been proposed. 

25th May, 1921: A press report that two men had occupied plots and were supporting their families by gardening and poultry farming. Ald A Green MP had offered money for the purchase of a further 4ha of land from Mrs Mundy which was again at a favourable rate. The Marquis of Hartington had inaugurated a loan for the purchase of railway carriages which plot holders were converting into residences. Further fields had been acquired bringing the total area to 47 acres (19ha) and some plot holders had begun building houses.

25th May, 1921: A press advertisement referred to a fundraising event for the Derby and Derbyshire Memorial Homes and Land Settlement for Disabled ex-Service Men.

1937: Ordnance Survey maps identified that Memorial Road, Somme Road, Menin Road, Lens Road and Ypres Road had been laid out. Two pairs of properties at the junction of Memorial Road and Kedleston Road were presumably those build for the scheme, and some buildings on Somme Road had the shape of railway carriages. Several detached and a few semi-detached properties had been built elswhere, and a sports ground had been laid out at the western end of Memorial Road.

c2000: Some properties had been rebuilt and many plots were developed or redeveloped over the next few years.

c2015: The sports ground was developed for residential use and named Poppyfields Meadow thus preserving the memorial theme.

June 2017: The memorial was researched by Roy Branson.
Derby Telegraph; 30th June, 1919, p3: a report on the development proposal.

Derby Telegraph; 28th January, 1921, p3: a report on fundraising for the Disabled Ex-Service Men's Memorial Cottages.

Derby Telegraph; 25th May, 1921, p3: a detailed report on progress and occupation of the site.

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