The Group was formed in 1984 in Chester Green, a Conservation Area of Derby, U.K. It is an area with a rich heritage from Roman, through the Victorian Industrial Age, to recent times. Currently the Group has around 40 members. The objectives are to encourage community spirit in the area by:
  • Promoting interest in local history
  • Arranging a programme of talks and visits covering both local and general history; social events are also arranged.
  • Gathering and storing information on the local history of the area. 
  • Endeavouring to preserve and conserve the heritage of the area

To find out more about the Group's current programme and where to find our talk venue please click on the pages indicated at the left hand side of this page.

During 2001 the Group planned and created The Little Chester Heritage Centre in the local parish church - St Paul's, Mansfield Road, Chester Green, Derby, DE1 3QZ. Exhibits illustrate many aspects of the long history of the area.

The Centre is open on the first Sunday afternoon of the month from April until the end of October from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted to help cover running costs. Click on page on left hand side for site map.

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  • St Paul's Church

    The building, consecrated in 1850, was built as the parish church and quickly became a centre for social activities.

  • Well Dressing

    Well Dressings- a traditional Derbyshire custom- were at one time, a highlight of the area's activities

Chester Green, Derby

Chester Green is one of the earliest public open spaces in Derby and now the centre of the Little Chester Conservation Area.

Little Chester can trace its origins to cAD80 when a Roman camp- Derventio- was set up on the banks of the River Derwent. Extensive remains from this period have been found

Engineering and railway industries were active during Victorian times. Nowadays the area, by and large, is a popular residential district.