Living in Borrowash
What is life like in Borrowash?
Borrowash is a thriving village in Derbyshire positioned between Derby and Nottingham, making it a popular spot with commuters who work in either city.
It has its own church, called St Stevens, which dates back to 1899 and was designed by PH Currey of Derby. He is renowned for a number of fine buildings throughout the region, and one of the highlights is a wrought iron screen of the 18th century.
Several mills - such as Towles Mill - are located in the area and serve a reminder of the industrial past of this part of the country.
Just a short distance from Borrowash lies Elvaston Country Park. It includes the listed Riverside House, set over three storeys and dating back to the 18th century.
For a quiet life within easy reach of all of the East Midlands’ most important destinations, living in Borrowash is well worth considering.
Perhaps the most significant development in Borrowash’s history came in 1828, when the decision to bring the railway to the town was made. It was built a year later and the Midlands Counties Railway ensured the area was connected with the rest of Derbyshire and beyond.
During the construction, workmen excavated an area close to the town and found a number of interesting items. Upon further investigation, about 90 skeletons were discovered, many of which had clearly been burned.
One of the major local employers was GIC, which was responsible for cleaning the overalls and other materials belonging to some of the country’s largest car manufacturers, including Jaguar and Vauxhall. Its factory in Borrowash was built in 1938 and it employed about 400 people before it was closed in 1990. Prior to that, the building was known as Towles Mill and provided jobs for many local women.
Riverside House was once owned by the Earls of Harington and was built in the 18th century, before an additional two-storey development was added in the 19th century. It was then owned by the East Midlands Electricity Board.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Set in the centre of the country, there are plenty of great days out to be had from Borrowash. For instance, the Peak District - the UK’s most visited national park - is just a short distance away, while the famous Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood, is located close to Nottingham.
Elsewhere in Derbyshire, people will enjoy visiting attractions such as Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derby Cathedral and Matlock Farm Park. There are also several National Trust sites in the area, including Kedleston Hall and Stainsby Mill.
The local football team is named Borrowash Victoria and plays in the East Midlands Counties division. Those who wish to play - rather than watch - sport should head to the West Park Leisure Centre in nearby Long Eaton, or to one of several facilities in Derby.
Tennis players are well catered for in Borrowash, with the local Ockbrook and Borrowash Lawn Tennis Club a popular venue.
Despite being only a small town, there are still plenty of places to eat and drink in and around Borrowash. The Wilmot Arms is one of the most popular venues in the area and offers great food as well as a chance to enjoy a drink with a friend or relative.
The Bay of Bengal is another option for people seeking an eatery in Borrowash, while looking slightly further afield to Derby increases the choice. Emily’s Steakhouse and Nico’s Italian Restaurant are just two of many suitable establishments.
A number of shops line the high street, meaning locals never have to look too far for the items they are after. However, residents can make use of excellent local transport links to visit the larger retail centres in Derby and Nottingham if they desire.
Schools & healthcare
Borrowash is home to several education facilities, starting with Borrowash Playgroup and Ashbrook Nursery School, both of which offer places to children of pre-school age. Ashbrook Infant and Junior Schools offer education to those ages between four and 11.
Once children reach this age, they will be able to head to West Park Secondary School in nearby Spondon. The closest sixth form college is in Sandiacre, while the University of Derby is available to those seeking higher education.
The Park Medical Practice is the destination for people in Borrowash who require treatment, while for more serious matters locals head to either of Derby’s two major hospitals - Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital.
Borrowash is located next to the A52, the main road linking Derby and Nottingham. By taking this road eastbound, motorists can gain easy access to the M1, which in turn ensures most parts of the UK can be reached.
There was once a rail station in the town, but this no longer exists, meaning the nearest station can be found in Spondon.
An extensive local bus network links the town with Derby, Nottingham and a host of other local towns and villages. At peak times, 27 buses run through Borrowash every hour, underlining just how good the service is.
For those looking for trips to the continent, East Midlands Airport is just 11 miles away by road, with air links also a plus for local businesses with a need to send people overseas.