Derwent Place, off Bath Road
7th March 2008. View of Derwent Place, off Bath Road. On the left is Marshall's Mill which fronts Marshall Street. It was built as a water-powered flax mill in 1791 by John Marshall. Next to the mill on the right, at the end of Derwent Place is a narrow snicket called Union Place which leads to Marshall Street. The blue gates access the car park of Temple Works, an extension of Marshall's Mills housing the office and counting house. This was built between 1840 and 1843 and is noted for its Egyptian style architecture designed by Ignatious Bonomi for John Marshall. It is based on the Temple of Edfu and is grade I listed. One of the conical glass structures on the roof is visible. In the background the 32 storey Bridgewater Place contrasts with the old buildings. It stands at the corner of Victoria Road and Water Lane.
The grass covered wasteland on the front left marks the location of old Derwent Street and Back Derwent Street, both of which led on to Water Lane. Bath House (address: 9 Bath Road) stood on the grassy spot to the left of the road, opposite the red car. On the grassy right was Derwent Avenue and Back Derwent Avenue leading to Derwent View and Sweeet Street. Note the ginnel which ran throught to Marshall Street to the immediate left of the blue gates leading to Temple Mill car park. The old mill on the left of the ginnel used to be called Hey and Flocktons. Next to Hey and Flocktons was a row of very old cottages on Union Place where many of my school-friends use to live. Where the lampost is standing at the entrance to the ginnel, was a steel stockholders yard called William Sugdens and to the left of Sugdens, was the Pickford Removal company in the mill yard. All in all, Little Holbeck (the name of the area), was a very busy industrial complex. The comments here refer to the time I lived there 1944/1960.