Trowell - The Festival
w/e 26 August 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Trowell is a busy
little village just down the road from Ilkeston on the main road
towards Nottingham. Its boundaries in fact butt up to its neighbours,
Ilkeston and Stapleford and even on the east, to the outskirts
of the City of Nottingham itself but the heart of the village
is at the junction of three roads named after those places. These
images show Ilkeston Road in both directions from near the Festival
The Festival is visible here as seen from Stapleford Road but
more of that later as the predominant building here is the church.
St Helen's Church, the oldest building in the village, dates
from the thirteenth century and stands on the site of an earlier
Anglo-Saxon building overlooking the aforementioned triple road
Also on Stapleford Road and adjacent
to St Helen's is the Village Hall fronted by an obelisk that
stands as a monument to the selection of Trowell as the Festival
Village for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Reasons for the choice
of Trowell included the fact that it is situated close to the
centre of England and also because it displayed a blend of both
rural and industrial life. Much of the industry such as the former
Stanton Ironworks has now disappeared but there is still a working
farm opposite the Hall.
The Festival Inn is another reminder of the 1951 event although
the reason for the name of the pub/restaurant has probably faded
in the mists of time and is unknown by many of the younger generation
today that frequents the popular discos and music evenings that
are regularly held there. The inn underwent a major refurbishment
in 1995 and again in 2004.
Another well-known business in the village especially with the
angling fraternity is Walkers of Trowell which operates from
a building that screams 1930s to me, on the road towards Nottingham
from the Festival and St Helen's Church. The shop was established
in 1971 and the business received the Angling Retailer of the
Year award in 2003.
Next to Walkers is
a delightful little cottage that would not look out of place
in many a country village. A plaque on the wall proclaims that
this building was "The Old
Ring Of Bells Ale House" and is dated 1794 - 1813. I suppose
this would have been the Festival Inn of the time! Now it is
a desirable three bedroomed property that, according to a local
estate agent "retains many of its original features".
Currently on the market with an asking price of £289,950,
a licence to sell alcohol would be extra but I wonder if those
original features include beer barrels, tankards, spittoons and
the like ....
Our final image from this part of Trowell shows another cottage
and St Helen's Church Hall. Between 1843 and 1967 the hall was
the village church school but when the new school opened in 1967,
it reverted to the control of the church. It is used both by
church groups and other groups in the village and the aim of
the church is to develop the adjacent cottage as another resource
for the community.
In 2001 the village celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Festival
of Britain with a number of events. At that time I uploaded a
couple of pages to my old site that have remained on the web
ever since. They were not easily accessible though - unless you
knew exactly where to look - so I have now reworked them into
the Ilkeston Cam format and created a new page that can be viewed here.