Ilkeston - Shipley View Estate &
w/e 30 November 2003
During the last forty or so years Ilkeston Hospital has moved
from one site on Heanor Road to another and in that same period,
land between the two sites and behind the existing buildings
has seen quite a substantial residential development. Summerfields
Way South is one of the newer parts of that development.
Huckerby Road too is part of the newer development but wherever
you are on the estate or for that matter, anywhere in Ilkeston,
views of the surrounding countryside are never very far away.
The views in this part of town though are towards Shipley Country
Park, the American Adventure Theme Park and, as seen here, Shipley
Hill. This has given rise to the estate being known as Shipley
At the northern end of the estate, beyond Shipley Common Lane,
is the new hospital site and at the main entrance, access is
also possible to Shipley Wood (right).
There are a number of paths and tracks through the woods and
at this time of year, most of them are covered by fallen leaves
to form a golden carpet. But even in late November, there is
still a fair amount of green to be seen.
At the far end of the wood where the path meets the access
road to the American Adventure, all that can be seen of the hospital
is the chimney to the right of centre in this picture. Houses
on the Shipley View estate can be seen on the far right.
From a similar vantage point, the skyline over the estate (middle
distance) shows three counties. From left to right, the tower
of St Mary's Church and the spire of the United Reformed Church
(both to the left of centre) are in Derbyshire whilst the steam
clouds further to the right are from the Ratcliffe on Soar Power
Station in Nottinghamshire. Finally on the extreme right behind
the tree, is the hill at Castle Donington in Leicestershire which
is the home of the East Midlands Airport.