Ilkeston - All The
w/e 17 June 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
I was looking at a map pondering where to go next
for a themed set of images when I realised there are several
roads in Ilkeston all named after Saints. Problem solved - well,
almost, just a matter of taking the photos.
The longest "saintly" road in the town is at Kirk Hallam
and is Saint Norbert Drive. This is the main arterial road on
the southern half of the estate that runs in a crescent shaped
route, steadily rising from its lower junction with Ladywood
Road to a high point, where this first image was captured, before
descending slightly again to rejoin Ladywood Road near the Cat
and Fiddle public house.
From the top of Saint Norbert Drive, we move to the top of the
Co-Op car park on Albert Street for this view of Saint Andrew's
Drive, the road junction flanked on the left by the Drill Hall
and on the right by the United Reformed Church (URC).
The green spire of the URC is a familiar landmark on the Ilkeston
skyline from all approaches to the town as is the tower of the
town's Parish Church of Saint Mary. The said tower is visible
here above the rooftops of the houses in the nearby Saint Mary
Street where the properties on the right have recently undergone
a major refurbishment and modernisation programme.
At the far end, near to where St Mary Street meets Bath Street
and the Lower Market Place, a new terrace has been built in this
small development that now goes by the name of Saint Mary Court.
The buildings on the left front onto the Lower Market and the
tower of the St Mary's Church is just visible above the trees
at the top left hand corner of the picture.
Another church in the same Mission and Ministry Area as Saint
Mary's is Saint John's on Nottingham Road and Saint John's Road
is close by. The houses here, like those on Saint Norbert Drive
at Kirk Hallam, were built as a council estate but many are now
privately owned. After passing Kensington School, Saint John's
Road dips down to a low point before rising up the hill on the
other side to Green Lane.
At the low point on Saint John's Road, another saint is recalled
in the name of Saint James Avenue that runs off at right angles
towards Greenwood Avenue and that completes the tour of Ilkeston's