St Helen’s House was built in 1776, by Joseph Pickford, a British Architect for John Gisborne, alderman of Yoxall Lodge, Staffordshire.
The building was used as a private estate for the Strutt family. It was first lived in by William Strutt, the son of Jedediah Strutt, the cotton pioneer. It was then later home to Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper in 1856. It was also the birthplace of Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper.
Strutt Family loaned the building to Derby Grammar School for the academic year.
The building was used bought by the Derby School, a grammar school for boys.
Due to World War II, the school was evacuated and left unused, until the war was over
The building was used as the Jospeh Wright Art School, after the school moved to Littleover. However, this was only for a short while
The building served as an adult education centre however, has been disused since 2004, when the Council said it could not afford the £5m repair costs.
In November, Richard bought the building was sold by Derby City Council to Richard Blunt, a veteran property developer on a 299-year leasehold.
He has since refurbished the building.