3 1/2 miles from Derby, Spondon village hall is a gorgeous venue that is really very welcoming. The hall is lovely and light, has a lovely wooden floor and is very large, so you won’t have to worry about falling over each other, even if classes get very busy.
You get a really positive vibe just driving up to this place, so it’s the perfect venue for feel-good 24 Fit Derby class, which is planned for the near future.
This is the perfect venue if you live in Spondon, or anywhere nearby, such as Oakwood, Alvaston, Ockbrook, Borrowash or Chaddesden.
Things you may not know about Spondon
• The name Spondon is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘spon’ meaning gravel and ‘dune’ meaning hill, that’s ‘gravelly hill’
• After the Norman conquest (1066) the land was awarded to Henry de Ferrers, who seemed to own most of Derby and was in fact one of the country’s largest landowners.
• In 1340 there was the ‘Great Fire of Spondon’ that began in a malt house where the Malt Shovel Inn now stands. It destroyed most of the settlement.
• The village regrew and concentrated on farming, although silk glove making, basket weaving and brick making flourished as did the local blacksmith.
• With the arrival of the canal and railway, the population exploded to house the new workers
• British Cellulose arrived after the First World War and today, known as Acordis, employs 800 people
• Sondon’s oldest landmark is St Werburgh’s Church, named after an Anglo- Saxon princess. It was destroyed in the fire and rebuilt. Sometime around 1530 the church was renamed St Mary’s, when it was decided to rid the church of all Saxon and Celtic saints. It was rededicated to St Werburgh in 1892
• Locko Park is a 300 acre estate 1 mile north of Spondon. It belonged to a Saxon called Stori, but ( you guessed it) was awarded to Henry de Ferrers after the Norman Conquest
• In 1180 it was given to the Burton Lazars of Leicestershire, an order of Lazarus monks who founded a leper hospital behind Locko Hall. The name derives from the hospital, coming from the French word ‘loques’ which means rags
• The estate and hospital were destroyed by the great fire and the estate as we know it today took shape in the early 18th century.
The Village Hall is located in the centre of Spondon on Sitwell Street, alongside Spondon library, and opposite Sitwell Garage. There is plenty of parking at the venue.
Spondon Village Hall