Derby : Its Rise and Progress

By H.W. Davison

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2016

Derby - Its Rise and Progress

TABLE OF POPULATION, ETC.

YearPopulationArea covered with with HousesArea within Borough Boundary.
1066  (Domesday)c.1,000
1340  (Previous to Black Death)c.3,000
1380  (Poll Tax Return)c.2,500
1712  (Woolley)c.4,000c. 60 acres (Speed's Map)
1791  (Hutton) 8,563"Less than 100 acres"
1801  (First Census) 10,828
1811 13,043
1821 17,423c. 170 acres (Simpson's Map, 1826)
1831 23,627
1841 37,431
1851 40,609
1861 44,058
1871 49,8101,796 ac.
1877 53,2003,445 ac.
1877  (Borough extended) 69,716
1881 81,630
1891 94,1401,500-1,600 acres.
1902  (Borough extended) 105,7855,260 ac.
1903  (June 30) 118,7075,272 ac.

Derby - Its Rise and Progress

HEIGHT OF THE FLOOD.

April 1st, 1842.
From the Derby Reporter April 7.

(The measurements are taken from the pavement.)

CORN MARKET:-ft.in.
 Holme and Southard's411
 Angel Inn60
 Mr. Smith's Yard55
ST. PETER'S STREET:-56
 Mr. Strutt's House47
 Mr. Storer's45
VICTORIA STREET:-  
 Mr. Goodall's4
 Queen's Head48
 Athenæum16
BECKET WELL LANE:-  
 Back door of Independent Chapel52
WARDWICK:-  
 Union Poor Law Office43
 Mechanics' Institution310
CURZON STREET:-  
 Mr. Woolley's33
 Mr. Stone's34
CHEAPSIDE:-  
 Mr. Denston's45
FRIAR GATE:-  
 Mr. Chadfield's.39
GEORGE STREET:-  
 Mr. Shenton's Slate Yard40
SADLER GATE:-  
---Mr. Dallison's50
  
BOLD LANE:-ft.in.
 Theatre43
 Elephant and Castle5
JURY STREET:-  
 "The Bird"59
WILLOW ROW:-  
 In one part of it60
FORD STREET:-  
 Vine Tavern40
AGARD STREET:-  
 Mr. Brewer's210
BRIDGE STREET:-  
 Mr. Baldwin's30
BROOK STREET:-  
 Near Mozley & Sons' offices46
MORLEDGE:-  
 Noah's Ark28
 Mr. Copestake's36
TENANT STREET:-  
 Mr. Gisborne's36
NEW MARKET:-  
 Some parts of it16
ST. MARY'S GATE:-  
 Corner of County Tavern59
DERWENT STREET:-  
 Mr. Barnett's17
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(From the Derby Reporter, April 14th, 1842.)

[St. Mary's Gate]. Derby.
Sir,April 4th, 1842.

Having heard that there was a mark on one of the out buildings of the house No. 1, Friar Gate, late in the tenure of Mr. Chadfield, shewing the height of the highest Flood in Derby on record, he this morning kindly conducted me to the spot. The door on which it was cut was so completely covered with whitewash, that we could not discover it, until by the aid of a brush and some water, the following mark was brought to view:-

THE FLOOD,
1795.

The distance between the lines above and below the words, 'The Flood', is one inch and a half; and, taking the upper line to the water mark, the Flood, on Friday last, was eighteen inches higher than that mark.

I have also been shown another mark on a building near the late Bell's School, in the Bold Lane, said to have been made at the same period, which is one foot eleven inches below the present Flood line.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
JNO. THOMAS SWANWICK.

N.B. - On referring to the Meteorological account kept by my late father, I find the following remark:- "On Tuesday, the 10th of February, 1795, the thaw caused a greater Flood than had been for fifty years".

OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in November 2016.

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