Awsworth - The Lane & Main Street
w/e 29 June 2003


It is easy to think of Cossall in terms of the village itself but its boundaries spread much further and it is only here at this minor crossroads that you actually leave Cossall and enter neighbouring Awsworth.
The Lane

The road through Awsworth, "The Lane" used to be one of the main routes to and from Ilkeston until the construction of the bypass. Now it caters mostly for local traffic. It contains a mixture of architectural styles from various periods of its history. One of the older buildings, inset and behind the bushes by the lay by is the Methodist Church.
Village Hall

Of more recent construction a little further along The Lane is the Village Hall. On the recreation ground behind, a game that dates back over 225 years was in full swing. In fact it is believed the Laws of Cricket were first printed in book form in 1775. See here.

Another old building on The Lane is the former Infants School (top right) that is now a Nursery and Day Centre. An entrance to another old school that bears the inscription above the door of "Awsworth Board School 1878" stands on Main Street (top left). It is perhaps a sad reflection on today's society that the school of today back on The Lane serving both the old part of the village and the new estates that have been built is surrounded by high fences and locked gates (bottom).
St Peter's Church

Opposite the Main Steet school building is the Church of St Peter. The chancel is the only part of the original church of 1746 that remains, the rest of the church being rebuilt just over 100 years ago in 1902.
The Crown Inn

And as we conclude our walk through Awsworth, here is another important building in village life. The village pub, "The Crown Inn" here viewed from Main Street, stands on Croft Crescent.

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