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.

Car Park Sign

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.
Albion Centre

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!
Erewash Valley Trail

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 furniture.
An English Timeline

This sign of "An English Timeline" from "Millennium to Millennium" resides on the wall outside St Mary's Church on the Market Place.
Information Point

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

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".
White Lion Square

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.
Retail Site

On Nottingham Road a small retail site has a sign indicating the businesses that trade from there.
Sign Of The Times

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!

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