Ilkeston - Signs
w/e 07 March 2021
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Having walked many of the footpaths and canal towpaths
in the local area recently and visited parks and other places
to take photos, with the restrictions still in place asking us
to stay at home or if we leave for exercise to stay local, it's
becoming increasingly difficult to find somewhere to go for photos
that we haven't been to previously. So on Saturday morning to
pound the streets through the town centre I went out more in
hope than expectation looking for a sign or inspiration.
Walking through a car park I spotted this sign. All of the places
illustrated on the sign I have photographed at one time or another,
some of them several times. It wasn't the type of "sign"
I was looking for and I briefly considered going around them
all again but it did act as an inspiration so I started to look
for other signs.
I soon found another one at the entrance to the Albion Centre
which shows the layout of the shops in the precinct even though
many of them are currently closed..
On Bath Street this signpost helps visitors to the town find
their way about but like the internet, you shouldn't believe
every thing you read. Whilst the Scala, Toilets, Museum, Town
Hall and Market Place are to the left, the Albion Centre was
directly behind me as I took the photo!
At the top of Bath Street another sign points down East Street
to the Erewash Valley Trail, a 28 mile route along both sides
of the Erewash Valley. I'm not sure what the "End of Cycle
Rote" sign indicates for as we walked up Bath Street four
cyclists came speeding down weaving between pedestrians and street
This sign of "An English Timeline" from "Millennium
to Millennium" resides on the wall outside St Mary's Church
on the Market Place.
On the other side of the Market Place to the church a new electronic
information point recently installed displays maps, tourist information
and departure times of trains and buses.
The Ritz Cinema on South Street closed in 1968 and later became
a Bingo Hall. That too has closed and the building now stands
empty but this weather worn sign near the doors commemorates
the "Centenary of Cinema 1996".
Another sign at the top of Stanton Road details the history of
the surrounding area with information about schools, chapels,
factories and other buildings too. White Lion Square disappeared
when the southern island at the end of Chalons Way was built
but the area is still known by its former name.
On Nottingham Road a small retail site has a sign indicating
the businesses that trade from there.
But back on the Market Place on the railings outside the Town
Hall is what I suppose we can call a sign of the times. One day
maybe, this can be consigned like the one on the church wall
or the White Lion Square information to the category of a historical
sign - and that day can't come soon enough!