Ilkeston - 'Your Choice' .... continued
w/e 25 June 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

 I regularly receive emails that mention places in and around Ilkeston. Several of them ask if I have photos of various places. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't but I usually say I'll try and get some the next time I'm in the vicinity. I'm afraid I've been a little lax and the number of locations requiring a visit have accumulated on my 'Things To do' list. The time has come though for me to resolve this and make the effort to keep my promises. This second selection features locations that have been chosen by various email correspondents.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

EbenezerIn the first part of 'Your Choice', there is an image of Heanor Road as a result of an email from Bill Devey. Bill also mentioned the old Ebenezer Chapel on or near Awsworth Road. On-line reference to an 1899 map at is a little indistinct as to the exact location of the chapel but I would guess that it stood where the detached house is directly opposite the bottom of Ebenezer Street (see small image left).
Updated 2nd July - Following a number of emails I have to admit that I was wrong. Phillippa Hickman told me her husband Barry went to Sunday School at the Ebenezer Chapel in the 1930s and that the main entrance was on Awsworth Road but there was more of the chapel on Ebenezer Street. Janet Wright also wrote to tell me that the chapel stood on the corner of Ebenezer Street and Awsworth Road and thinks it was possibly demolished in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I suppose I must have seen it but honestly cannot remember it. Bob Martin was another to correct me and included a reference (DCER000401) to a photo at Picture The Past where the description includes "The street was named after Ebenezer Methodist Chapel, built c 1850 on Awsworth Road corner." So with thanks to Phillippa, Barry, Janet and Bob, this image above now shows the correct location of the Ebenezer Chapel.
Jackson Avenue

Bill was delving into his family history but James Kelly was just looking back to his childhood days in Ilkeston and Jackson Avenue is where he lived before moving away from the town. The image above is from the junction with Wilmot Street whilst the two smaller images (left and right) are from the top of the street and show both sides of Jackson Avenue from the junction with St Mary Street.
St Thomas' School

James also mentioned a couple of schools he attended as a child including the St Thomas Catholic Primary School. It is a sad reflection of modern society that schools now have to be surrounded by high security fences and locked gates but from the entrance gates there is a rather pleasant view of the playground where there appear to be a number of features to keep the children entertained and educated even at breaks. Swinging the camera to the right (see small image) reveals a somewhat less pleasant view of brick building where the more academic learning takes place.
Saint John Houghton School

Security fences are also in evidence both at the main entrance (above and left) and around the extensive playing fields (right) at the senior school that James attended. This is the Saint John Houghton Catholic School at Kirk Hallam. The school has a Mission Statement which states that it offers a Christian education where prayer, worship and liturgy are integral parts of daily life. It's encouraging that, unlike some schools, religion and PE are feature in the curriculum.
Godfrey Drive

Not far from the Saint John Houghton School is Godfrey Drive and an address here was another in an email from June Wiggins in addition to The Triangle pictured in the first part of 'Your Choice'. June's genealogical searches revealed a gentleman by the name of William Auld, a retired Factory Night Watchman, who was living here with his wife prior to his death in 1969.
Windsor Crescent

June tells me that William's wife Beatrice survived him by nearly twenty years but there was a daughter who was living on Windsor Crescent also at Kirk Hallam. Back in 1988 William's occupation was given as a Coal Delivery Man. June is keen to learn more about her roots so if anyone has any memories of William and Beatrice or their daughter and would like to drop me a line, I'll pass the information on to June.

To see the first selection of 'Your Choice' click here.

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