Peartree

Originally called Pear Tree and Normanton, this was one of the original stations of the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway which opened on 12 August 1839. In 1868 a branch line to Melbourne was opened, but this was closed to passenger traffic by 1930. The diminished importance of Pear Tree and Normanton Station contributed to its closure on 4 March 1968.

On 4 October 1976, the branch line was partially reopened as far as Sinfin in order to transport workers to and from the Rolls-Royce plant there. As a result, the newly renamed Peartree Station was once again in use. Whereas Sinfin North was within Rolls-Royce property, and hence accessible only to employees, Peartree and Sinfin Central had public access. Although the Sinfin branch was closed to passengers in 1998, Peartee has remained open as a result of its location on the main line.

 

Places to Visit

 

Pear Tree

Pear Tree is an area of Derby about 1 mile from the city centre.

The name is taken from Pear Tree Farm, which was demolished and the land sold for housing in the 1860s and 1870s. Industry developed with the opening of the railway and the houses were needed for workers moving into the area. The Vulcan Iron Works was a major employer from 1874 to 1986.

Turn right onto Osmaston Park Road to access shops, restaurants, a hotel and a cinema in Foresters Park.

Derby City Centre

Derby City Centre is a 30 minute bus ride or 15 minute cycle from the station.

The historic City of Derby sits on the River Derwent, marking the start of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It is home to a wealth of cultural festivals and sporting events and has the reputation of being the ‘best place to drink real ale in the word’, with its friendly pubs, craft beer and quality local food.

Not to be missed:

  • The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill (opens Sept 2020)
  • Intu Shopping Centre
  • Derby Cathedral and Derby Cathedral Quarter, offering independent shopping and cafes
  • Derby Museum & Art Gallery, home to the largest collection of work by Internationally renowned painter, Joseph Wright
  • Royal Crown Derby Factory Tours and Shop

Sherwood Recreation Ground

Sherwood Recreation Ground is 5 minute walk or 2 minute cycle from the station.

Sherwood Recreation Ground is named after the Sherwood Foresters regiment who used to be based at the nearby Normanton Barracks. The recreation ground now houses sports pitches and a children’s play area.

Osmaston Park

Osmaston Park 15 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

Turn left out of the station and proceed to the traffic light junction. Turn right down Victory Road and first left into Oaktree Avenue. At the far end of this cul-de-sac, continue along the footpath into Osmaston Park.

Osmaston Park is a remnant of the rural landscape which once dominated this area. The park was gifted to the people of Derby at the time Rolls-Royce came to Derby in 1907.

The Park has three distinct woodland areas: Ash Wood, Oak Wood and, across the road at the rear of Moorways Sports Complex, Elm Wood. The site has a rich wildlife value. Why not explore and see what wildlife you can spot making their home in the woods?

Moorways Stadium

Moorways Stadium is a 20 minute walk or 8 minute cycle from the station.

Moorways Stadium is beyond Osmaston Park (after crossing Moor Lane).

The Stadium houses facilities for the full range of track and field events. The recently refurbished running track has provided Derby with a first class athletic facility. Also available are a range of sports pitches, changing facilities and meeting rooms.

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