Running along the side of St Peter's church is the appropriately named St Peter's Churchyard. Around this area, the upper storeys of the buildings are infinitely more interesting than the shop fronts below.
I am discovering (and writing) a rapidly growing list of places to photograph and research around Derby, but this is a whistle stop tour, so for now, I am just going to list the ones we can see on the photographs.
The furthest (and newest) building was once home to the combined County Court and Inland Revenue offices.
Next door, Thurman and Malin was a drapers, hosiers and undertakers (an interesting combination). The firm was founded in 1879 and closed in 1970. The building itself was constructed around 1900.
The black and white fronted building is only slightly older; dating from 1894. (Don't be fooled by the mock timber frame on the second floor.)
Whilst the oldest of the lot is the corner building, with its four storey conical tower. It was built in 1880.
If this street were designed today, I suspect that there would be an over-arching plan; a degree of conformity with all of the buildings constructed to blend together in harmony. Personally, I think that this mismatch of styles and architectural features harmonise perfectly well and I love the way that each architect felt free to stamp his own idea onto the churchyard, rubbing shoulders comfortably with what had gone before.
I know that, before I began blogging, I never really looked carefully at my city. As a result, I have missed many treasures over the years.