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Building record MDR11301 - Former Moot Hall, Irongate, Derby

Type and Period (2)

  • (Former Type) (Jacobean to Georgian - 1610 AD to 1763 AD)
  • (Former Type) (Georgian to Early 20th Century - 1763 AD to 1930 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

In 1610 a new Moot Hall was erected on the east side of Irongate, fronted by a courtyard. It had a five-gabled fa├žade, was of three storeys and attics over a basement, being built of brick with stone dressings, including mullion and transom cross windows, copings and quoins. It became redundant as a borough facility on the commissioning of the 18th century Guildhall, and its courtyard was sold as building plots, allowing it to moulder, mainly forgotten, behind, divided up as workshops, before coming into the hands of the Derbyshire Building Society in the 1930s. They added a flat roof, installed Crittall windows and turned it into an office block. It is now lost and forgotten in a concrete wasteland at the rear of Sir Hugh Casson's 1971 Assembly Rooms. (1) Moot Hall, Derby. This building was the once the old Moot Hall, situated behind No. 7 Irongate (in the old 'Virgin Inn' yard). Moot Halls could be found in most large towns and were an early form of Courts of Law. It served as the Guildhall c.1600-1732. The Borough Assemblies continued there until 1763. The building was then divided into tenements and is now almost impossible to identify due to the construction of the new Assembly Rooms. (2) This building has been mapped from information provided by Joan Darcy, and held in the parish file. The location is approximate as access to the building could not be obtained. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Article in serial: Craven, M. 2005. 'Derby's eighteenth-century Guildhall', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 125, pp 138-151. p 139, Fig. 2.
  • <2> *Internet Web Site: Picture the Past. DMAG 200536, 200564, 300138.
  • <3> Personal Observation: Brown, J. Observation based on personal experience, map evidence, site visit etc..



Grid reference Centred SK 35259 36404 (14m by 21m)

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Record last edited

Sep 12 2023 10:07AM

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