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Building record MDR10287 - Haslam's Workshop, 12 St Helen's Street, Derby

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian - 1817 AD? to 1819 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Built on the probable site of St Helen's Abbey (SMR18957). (1) Nos 12 & 14 St Helen's Street. No.12 is brick with stone window heads and sills and slate roof, built in 1817-9. William Haslam, whitesmith, bell-hanger and brass founder moved here in the early 1830s using it as his workshop and extending at the rear for this purpose. He built the adjacent smaller two storey house (No 14, SMR 32155) for himself in 1841. (2) In December 2003 Birmingham Archaeology undertook a desk-based and historic building assessment of land in the St Helen's area of Derby city centre, delimited by Lodge Lane, St Helen's Street, King Street and Willow Street. A summary of the archaeological and historical development of the site is based largely on the work of Steer. A building description with photograph is provided of 12 St Helen's Street. (3) In 2006 Trent & Peak Archaeological Unit was commissioned by Metropolitan Housing Trust, through Franklin Ellis Architects, to carry out an historic building survey on 10-14 St Helen's Street and adjacent land, in advance of redevelopment. The extensive research carried out on the site by local historian Jane Steer in recent years is drawn upon, and with the use of maps a summary of the history of the site is suggested. The site was acquired by Richard Brown and his son, manufacturers of spar products, in about 1802. They established a new factory, probably reusing existing buildings,and expanded into an E-shaped complex facing St Helen's Street, certainly by about 1819. In the 1830s the site was divided between William Haslam, a whitesmith, who acquired the west wing (including what is now 12 St Helen's Street), and Joseph Hall who bought or leased the remaining buildings to carry on spar production. The Haslam's rebuilt most of the west wing, probably including No. 12, by the mid-19th century. (4, 5) In April 2006 Birmingham Archaeology undertook a programme of archaeological building recording in advance of construction work related to the 'Connecting Derby' road scheme. The buildings recorded at Level 2/3 (as defined by English Heritage) were 2-8 St Helen's Street and Unit 1, 71 King Street. The buildings recorded at Level 1 (as defined by English Heritage) were 10, 12 and 14 St Helen's Street. 12 St Helen's street was built c.1850, with later alterations dated 1885. (6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Steer, J (Derbyshire Archaeological Society). 2002. From Religious Oratory to Spar Manufactory: The Development of the Site of St Helens on King St, Derby.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 2003. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. A Gazetteer of Sites. Part VII. City of Derby.. p 17.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Hislop, M (Birmingham Archaeology). 2003. Land Between King Street, St. Helen's Street and Lodge Lane, Derby: An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Building Assessment. pp 5-6, 9; Plate 7; Fig. 12.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sheppard, R (TPAU). 2006. An Historic Building Survey of 10-14 St. Helen's Street, Derby, 2006.
  • <5> Article in serial: Sheppard, R. 2007. 'Derby, St Helen's Street', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 127, pp 128-130.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Ric Tyler (Birmingham Archaeology). 2007. Connecting Derby: Historic Building Recording Stage 2 - Land between King Street, St. Helen's Street and Lodge Lane.



Grid reference Centred SK 34975 36745 (16m by 23m)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR1920

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Record last edited

Oct 3 2022 12:48PM

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