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 This first selection has been submitted by Steve Garland and were taken with his new Nikon F80. Although this is a non-digital camera, when the film was developed the images were produced in digital form on a picture CD.

Crooked Spire, Chesterfield

This is the famous crooked spire on St Mary and All Saints Church at Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 01

Overlooking the Nottinghamshire border but still in Derbyshire at Ault Hucknall is the magnificent Tudor House of Hardwick Hall.
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 02 

Although now partly in ruins, the scale of the impressive house can be seen in this picture.
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 03
There are also some wonderful grounds and gardens to enjoy at Hardwick Hall as Steve and his wife Tracey (pictured above) show with this image.

It appears that the "Blue Pig Mystery" has awakened some fond memories. I had the following email forwarded to me and I thought it deserved a wider audience as it really evokes the flavour of a different age that in truth was not all that long ago.
I enjoyed very much the article about the Blue Pig, it was indeed the focal point of our world when we were children, every game of cricket or football, a game of tin a lurky or duckstones on the tip was preceded with the phrase " I'll see you on the Blue Pig".
For me it brought back vivid memories of a time when miners with their coal blackened faces walked home along the cut bank after their shift at Oakwood Grange or Cossall Pit.

The canal locks were our local swimming baths after we first learned to swim a few strokes at Pye Bridge on the top cut, when boozed up men would come out of the Bridge Inn throwing coins into the canal for the more adventurous to dive off the bridge to retrieve them.

The Blue Pig brings back memories of the games of Strappit, Rusty Bomb Finger or Thumb, Stick and Geezer, of dark foggy nights, and gas street lamps with blue tits nesting in them. The Blue Pig doesn't belong now in the world of computer games and televisions, it's time was of gas lights not megabytes. It's time was when all neighbours knew each other, when no one needed to lock their doors at night. It was a time when the local lads knew each other to be Podgy, Nutty, Dinger, Toddy, Buller, and of course, Bod Egg Sam.

Our world was of great iron clad monsters spewing out clouds of steam, smoke and sparks thundered under the Black Bridge as we tried to catch sight of their names, a world of pewits, finches, sand-martins and a score of other birds, everyone knew where they all nested. We caught newts in the rock pools of Bennerley Hills, climbed the trellis supports of the viaduct hanging on as it shook when trains passed overhead.

 We walked for miles in complete safety along towpaths and meadows when the most frightening time was to be chased off of the meadows by Mr. Goddard "the Duke Of Wello's" who lived in the decaying Victorian house which was the Rodgers family house when they ran the famous Ilkeston Laundry at the canal side just over the bridge
It was good to see Herbert Blount sitting there. I lived across the road from him, he would indeed be an authority on the Blue Pig, there can't be too many other older residents still living on Awsworth Rd. It's good to know he's keeping our believed Blue Pig warm, I can see him now riding his donkey.
If only that historical seat could talk, what a tale it would tell.
Thanks for the memories

Brian Savage
Thanks for writing, Brian.
(Image by Ilkcam)Bridge Inn from canal bank
The Bridge Inn seen from the canal bank. The Blue Pig is behind the wall on the right of the picture.

October 2003

I received an email this week from Marion Swindell in which she states that she had seen the photos of her horse on Ilkeston Cam under Dale Abbey and wondered if I could use the attached photos. Marion thought the horse looked grumpy when I photographed him so just to prove he is a happy horse here are Marion's photos.


 Horse & Rider
The three images below were sent to me by Paul Shaw and shows once again that you do not have to go far from home to see some beautiful sights. From left to right they are from No Mans Lane near Stanton by Dale; on the Midshires Way in West Hallam and another from Straw's Bridge Nature Reserve. Paul says " I think they show that Ilkeston is as good a place as anywhere to capture the essence of nature" and I totally agree with him. All of Paul's pictures were taken with a Fuji S9500 camera.