Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 27 - Heanor
Road & Charlotte Street
w/e 31 October 2004
All this week's
pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
From the end of Boweswell Road (Stage
26) we should cross Heanor Road and follow
a footpath behind Granby Junior School to Charlotte Street but
as can be seen in the two images above, Heanor Road is one of
the main thoroughfares into Ilkeston and can at times be very
A much safer option therefore,
is to continue up Heanor Road as far as, and perhaps even beyond,
the school to use one of three pedestrian crossings near the
entrance seen here on the right, to the Shipley View Estate.
Following England's first Education Act of 1870, elected School
Boards were set up as a step towards providing free education
for children. One of the first Board Schools in Ilkeston was
here at Granby School. The school was built for the Board by
Frederick Shaw in 1882, opening on 8 January 1883.
Following this option we also pass in front
of the building that for many years housed Ilkeston's hospital.
The hospital was built in 1893-4 on land donated by Edward Miller
Mundy, of Shipley Hall and served the community for nearly 100
years before being replaced by a new hospital further up Heanor
Road in 1988. The original hospital building was officially opened
by Lord Belper on February 28th 1894 and today is still serving
the community as the Rutland Manor Nursing Home.
home is the Ebenezer Methodist Church with the Church Hall standing
alongside (small picture left). I chose to cross Heanor Road
at the third pedestrian crossing and then returned in front of
the church to Charlotte Street (right) where I turned left to
walk down by the side of Granby School picking up the published
route again at the other end of the footpath seen in the first
picture on this page.
The post on the right of this image marks the end of the footpath
and the road entrance beyond used to lead to Selby's Nurseries.
The nurseries have now gone and have been replaced by a small
The name of the development, Haddon Nurseries, recalls the former
use of the land whilst just below and opposite, the impressive
three storey building and former clothing factory has also found
a new lease of life as the Elim Christian Centre. It was built in 1897
as a warehouse for Joseph Hickman, a smallwear dealer.