The Hallam Fields Industrial Trail - Part 6 - Old Men And Pipes
w/e 22 January 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Hallam Fields Industrial Trail

A couple of days after I visited Hallam Fields for the images on this page, the weather turned colder but much brighter. The sun even shone and I was tempted to return and retake the photos but in all honesty the subject matter is such that I don't think the pictures would have been much better. To make the images slightly more palatable therefore, I'm asking you to imagine the scenes under a clear blue sky in this, the penultimate part of the Hallam Fields Industrial Trail.
New Works Foundry

We pick up the Trail close to the Wild Weed Vetch sculpture (see Part 5) where the Nutbrook Trail veers right to leave its route along the Erewash Canal and pass in front of Big Shop and Butcher's Shop which were part of Stanton's New Works Foundry.
Nutbrook Spun Plant

With the New Works Foundry on the right the area now on the left of the Nutbrook Trail was the Nutbrook Spun Plant. In the heyday of the Stanton, the area would be teeming with men, many of them employed in the large Shell Shop building. It is thought that the name may have originated from the production of shell bodies during the First World War. It was here in the pipe pits that the phrase that 'Stanton only produced old men and pipes' was coined due to the hard work required in the foundry buildings. Despite the derelict appearance of the area, businesses still operate from here and walkers and cyclists make good use of the tarmac path that wends its way between the remaining buildings.
Pipe Moulds

Through the fence the remains of what appear to be pipe moulds give just a flavour the former industry and hard labour that was part and parcel of the site.
South View Foundry

Where the Nutbrook Trail meets the road, there is another large building on the right.This was the South View Foundry and it was here that semi mass-produced experimental work, ranging from three to eighteen inches diameter, saw the light of day. In days gone by there were also tar dipping tanks near here and the air used to be laden with the fumes. To this day, Danny Corns who wrote the notes for the leaflet on which this series has been based, admits to still loving the smell of tar.
Ambulance Road

The road through the works from Hallam Fields towards Sandiacre has always been a private road and to retain that status, it was a legal requirement that vehicular access to it had to be restricted for one day per year. This usually took place on Boxing Day each year so as to cause the least amount of inconvenience but since the demise of Stanton Ironworks, permanent barricades have been erected. Many of the old structures that stood in this area have been demolished including Stanton's first purpose built medical block which was erected in 1919 about 100 yards from here on the left on what was then known as Ambulance Road.
South View

Our route though is to the right along where the road narrows to meet the bottom end of Crompton Road. The narrow part of the road is where a low level railway bridge once crossed whilst the black and white posts on the left indicate the continuation of the Nutbrook Trail towards Kirk Hallam and eventually its northern end in Shipley Country Park. On the right until 1943 there were nine houses that had stood there since being built and named as South View in 1868.

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