A public house has stood at the corner of Nottingham Road and Chaddesden Lane since 1931. During that time it has been known by many names including the Beau Brummel. However to many, including myself, it will always be the Park Hotel. It was still called the Park Hotel when we walked as a family to sit in the gardens. I had a bottle of pop and a bag of crisps, with a blue salt bag of course! There was a conservatory at the back where you could sit if it rained.
The original submission to build a super public house was made in February 1929, when an application for a provisional grant of a publican’s licence was made by Frederick Mansfield Allen to Derby County Bench.
It was stated that the building would cost £8,000 (£430,000 today) and provision had been made for tennis courts, car park and bowling greens on the two acre site. It was argued that before the first World War there were only 40 houses in Chaddesden and now there were 628 houses and more were being built. The Wilmot Arms was unable to cope with the demand.
Following opposition by the residents of Chaddesden the magistrates turned down the application. However following further efforts the building was finally opened on the 18th December 1931, with Lawrence Bottomley being the licencee. At that time it was owned by Messrs Aiton and Co Ltd of Derby and built by Messrs W Ford and Sons of Derby. Mr T H Thorpe was the architect.
The Park has been used by many people over the years, including the American Army for dances during World War II.
In the 60s live groups played on a Sunday night, with an entrance fee paid at the door. At times things got out of hand and the police were called.
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Jean Moss with thanks to Derby Evening Telegraph.