Ilkeston - By Request - Location, Location, Location
Six Locations, Six Pictures, A Host Of Memories
w/e 09 May 2004
All of this week's images are as a result of emails sent
to me mentioning the locations shown on the map on the left.
The images were captured on several different days during last
week and stretch from Cotmanhay in the north to Kirk Hallam and
Hallam Fields in the south. If there is a particular area of
the town, or in the vicinity that you would like to see, just
drop me a line and I'll do my best to oblige.
Location 1 - Jason from Blackpool wrote to say he had
lived in Ilkeston between 1982 and 1990 spending most of his
school life here. He enjoyed seeing pictures of the town centre
and how Ilkeston has changed in the intervening years. Jason
told me he lived across the road from one of the schools (Bennerley)
he attended so I hope this picture of Cotmanhay Road will bring
back some more memories.
Location 2 - Bob, who now lives halfway between Nottingham
and Grantham in the Vale of Belvoir, still visits Ilkeston from
time to time and like Jason, commented on the changes that have
taken place in the town especially in the Rutland Street area.
He remembers the railway station that stood nearby and the goods
yard with a bridge over connecting North Street with Rutland
Street. Visiting earlier this year he stood and looked at the
back of the house where he was born on Mill Street across Wash
Meadow . This is more commonly known as "Johnnies"
and is where Bob used to play as a child. Future plans to build
a link between Ilkeston's inner relief road and the Awsworth
by-pass will surely mean more changes to this part of town.
Location 3 - Recent pictures on this site of the old Ilkeston
Co-op brought the memories flooding back for Ruth in New Zealand
who for many years lived on Lord Haddon Road. In particular she
remembered the New Theatre which stood on the right hand side
of the road towards the bottom of the hill in this picture. It
had become a bingo hall before Ruth left and has now been demolished
to be replaced by a nursing home.
Location 4 - Another email received recently came from
Amy who visited the site looking for pictures of Kniveton Park.
I'm not sure where Amy lives but she knows that Kniveton Park
"has some beautiful old houses". This is just a small
corner of Kniveton Park.
Location 5 - Phillipa is another correspondent who has
some fond memories of the area and of Dale Village in particular
where she went to school. Phillipa used to live at Ridgeway Drive,
Kirk Hallam and moved away in 1978. Although she has been back
to Ilkeston it is at least ten years since her last visit but
I don't imagine the appearance of Ridgeway Drive is all that
different to the 1970s.
Location 6 - Jan is another Ilkestonian who left his roots
behind when he moved to Connecticut USA in 1962. His memories
are mainly of the Hallam Fields part of town; of the Pioneer
Club and his father playing the piano every Saturday and Sunday
for more than thirty years between the 1930s and 1960s to accompany
the various "turns" that appeared there; of the 'Stute,
the bowling greens and the tennis courts were he often played;
and of his life growing up at and around Frederick Avenue on
the Middleton Estate, where his parents lived from when the estate
was new in 1934 until their deaths in the 1970's. Seen here under
a threatening sky, this is Frederick Avenue as viewed from Queens