Ilkeston - The Shape Of Things
w/e 08 June 2008
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Nutbrook Crescent

A quick count of the "Crescents" in Ilkeston indicated nineteen such roads but as there are developments in the course of construction there may well be more that I missed. The dictionary defines a "crescent" as a "curved street, often presenting a continuous façade" and this one that I selected (from the nineteen) is Nutbrook Crescent at Kirk Hallam. Not only do the houses present a continuous façade but the road is crescent-shaped too.
Nelper Crescent

Not all of the nineteen have crescent-shaped roads though and although the houses on Dorterry Crescent and Nelper Crescent (pictured above) on the Middleton Estate are symmetrically arranged in a crescent-like formation the road layout is anything but.
Oakwell Crescent

Oakwell Crescent is the more traditional shape but it does split at the far end to enclose a triangular green at its junction with St Andrews Drive.
Darley Square

As well as "Crescents" in Ilkeston there are also "Circles" and "Squares" but neither of these are as numerous. I can only think of five "Squares" currently in existence following the disappearance when Chalons Way was constructed of what was probably the most well-known in White Lion Square. Three of the five remaining are in close proximity and similar in appearance to each other on the Cotmanhay Farm Estate. Named after places in the Derbyshire Dales, they are Ilam, Edale and Darley.
MacDonald Square

The fourth is Erewash Square. A plan view when the site was first constructed would reveal the road layout to be almost square but subsequent redevelopment means that this is no longer true even though the name has been retained. The final "Square" is this one pictured above. It is at Kirk Hallam and it goes by the name of MacDonald Square.
Dovedale Circle

I know of only two "Circles" and they are at opposite ends of the town. Dovedale Circle (like the Squares mentioned above) is named after a Derbyshire Dale and it too is on the Cotmanhay Farm Estate. Like its name suggests it is circular and symmetrical in shape.
Nuthall Circle

Back at Kirk Hallam on the other hand, Nuthall Circle is not as symmetrical as its counterpart at Cotmanhay. In plan view, Nuthall Circle leaves St Norbert Drive by a crescent-shaped road and is linked by a short straight road to another that circles around a large open green complete with a children's play area in a shape that is more like an oval than a circle. But maybe I'm just being pedantic.
The Triangle

So we have at least nineteen Crescents, five Squares and two Circles and although there are many triangular pieces of land, there is only one of The Triangle. And that's just about the shape of things.

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