Ilkeston - In The Bleak Midwinter
02 January 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

I'm not a great fan of Whitney Houston but if I were to select a modern piece of music to accompany these images it would probably be "One Moment In Time". They were actually taken on 28th December with just over half an hour between the first and the last but as the first snow did not arrive until the 27th and had all but disappeared by New Year's Eve this might truly be called one moment in time.

Market Street

This is the sight that greeted us at the top of Market Street just after 10 o'clock in the morning. A most unusual occurrence as the left hand side of the road is more often than not lined with a row of a nine or ten taxis! Imagine instead a coach and horses and picture the scene in a sepia tone without the telephone wires and it could easily transport you back to Victorian times.
Bath Street

Only a couple of hundred yards away on Bath Street and about 30 minutes later this was the last image I captured. Here much of the snow had already gone thanks to the gritting lorry and the footsteps of the few shoppers that had braved the weather. The children's roundabout (centre) that stood outside the Albion Precinct over the Christmas period was not doing much business and it would take a vivid imagination to transform this picture into a Victorian scene. The rest of the pictures (below) were taken between the two extremes seen above.
Lower Market Place

In 1872 Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) wrote "In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago." With music added by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) in 1906 her poem has become a favourite carol. There was little wind when I captured this image - see the limp flag on top of St Mary's - but it was certainly a bleak view of the Lower Market Place.
Town Hall

This was also taken from the Lower Market Place but is not quite so bleak as the colour of the Town Hall brickwork and the Christmas lights on the building warms the scene somewhat. The Italian style of the Town Hall though does look a little out of place in the snow and would be more suited to warmer climes.
Market Place

The Market Place itself was still snow covered and a heavy sky held a promise of more to come. Evidence here too in the flag on the Co-Op of the wind picking up slightly and a cold one at that coming from the north.

At the far end of the Market Place the Carnegie Library (centre right) stood closed next to the Church Institute building. The library has been closed since the end of November and will not reopen until early February due to extensive refurbishment work. Ilkeston however will continue as normal. Markets will be held here two or three times a week. Throughout the year there will be a number of parades passing by - the Carnival, St George's Day, Remembrance Sunday. There will be the Annual Fair in October and the Christmas Lights switch on in November when the area will be thronged with people. But for one brief moment in time at the end of 2005 this was the appearance of the town centre that we shall perhaps not witness again for quite a while.

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