As I am sure many of your readers are aware, this April is the centenary year of the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic, but locally it is also 100 years since one of the most beautiful buildings in Heanor was completed and opened on Mundy Street - the Technical College, as it was then called.
Built on the site of the new Heanor Hall, which served as a college since 1893 under the able hands of Mr R Stoddard BSc, the new college was paid for mainly through public subscription and Derbyshire County Council.
The builder was George Oldershaw, of Marlpool, who built many public buildings in Heanor, as well as twice re-fronting Shipley Hall.
The Tech’, as we always called it, along with Shanakiel, Ravenswood and Mundy Street School are in my opinion the jewels in the disappearing crown of Heanor.
The Tech’ has enjoyed many names, secondary school, grammar school and now has the gaudy signs for Derby College.
The dedication stone is now coved with ivy on the corner of the building facing Mundy Street, so I don’t suppose there will be a celebration of old Heanorites.