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Friar Gate, City of Derby

I walked to Chung Wah Chinese Supermarket to buy soy sauce, passing Friar Gate.

When you walk or even pass by quickly in a bus, you can feel the historical heaviness, and I learned that Friar gate is Derby's 'Georgian' street and is brimming with history. Because I have no idea about the difference between Georgian and Victorian, although Pickford's House is one of the finest Georgian houses in the country, which is now a museum of Georgian and Victorian life, I just passed by without noticing it. I promise myself to visit that house later.

The name of Friar Gate derives from the existence of a Dominican Friary which thrived here until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. This is also a big lesson to learn, what's Dominican? and why did Henry VIII dissolute the monasteries, I hope I have time to borrow some history books and read it.

Friary Gate was the place for the rich and famous to live, and today, Friar gate is the place to be for young professionals. The street is lined on both sides with top class restaurants and brasseries, pubs, wine bars and nightclubs.

Friar Gate Bridge was built by Andrew Handyside & Co, of Derby, in 1876. The railway line closed in 1967. It was eventually sold by British Rail to Derby City Council for a pound. Unfortunately, the bridge is closed, and we are not allowed to get on the top of the bridge for the health and safety reason.

There are some marble sculpture heads around two maple tree. One person called them "Derby Friar Gate heads". They looks really funny.


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