Stanton By Dale - A Wander
w/e 25 February 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Village HallIt was way back in 2003 that we followed a Village Trail and looked at Stanton By Dale in some detail. Since then whilst we have passed through many times, the village has fallen beneath the radar as far as pictures for this site is concerned so a return is probably long overdue. In essence the village has remained largely unchanged in the intervening fifteen years but there have been some imperceptible changes that have gradually taken place and we noticed one or two during this wander through part of the village that we began at the solidly built Village Hall in Stanhope Street.


One thing we immediately spotted was a large plaque on the Village Hall and the date 2008 shows that this has been in place for about ten years already.
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Village Cross

Across from the Village Hall the mediaeval cross looks pretty much the same as it did fifteen years ago although there may be a little less of the base as stone chunks have been knocked out when passing vehicles have collided with it.
Village Green

There's a small alteration to the green too where Stanhope Street meets Dale Road and Main Street with the addition of a bench currently surrounded by snowdrops and crocuses.
Chequers Inn

Around the corner in Dale Road the Chequers Inn has had a makeover with a fence, new signs and a coat of white paint on the previous yellow walls.
Route No. 2

There are a number of footpaths in and around Stanton By Dale and the yellow way marker by the steps a little further along Dale Road from the Chequers bears the number 2 and shows that it is the route of the Country Walk in Erewash known as "The Walk In The Clouds". We climbed the steps and walked along the jitty.
Kissing Gate

The led to a kissing gate and a footpath across two fields.
St Michael's Church

Another gate took us via the back entrance into the churchyard of St Michael's which again as it dates from the early 1300s looks no different to an earier view from here in 2003.

As we walked through the churchyard to leave by the main gate we noticed a delightful corner with an abundant display of snowdrops.
Church Lane

And by the drive (Church Lane) from the church gate to Stanhope Street, early crocuses and primroses are supplementing more snowdrops.

On the other side of the path and partially hidden by the tree is a lamp and a plaque on the wall that indicates it was made by Stanton Ironworks. The plaque also says "It has been erected on behalf of the pilot and crew of a 630 Sqdn Lancaster bomber as a memorial to their flight engineer, Flt. Sgt. Bill Cox, DFM, later killed on a training flight in the Stirling aircraft crash at Grove Farm in this parish on 31st August 1944."
The Stanhope Arms

At the end of Church Lane we turned right to walk back along Stanhope Street in front of The Stanhope Arms which like the village cross stands opposite the Village Hall. Also like the Chequers, the front of the Stanhope has benefited since our 2003 visit with a coat of paint and new inn signs.

To make the comparisons for yourself and learn more about Stanton By Dale
click here for the index to the Village Trail from 2003.

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