Borrowash - Half A Parish
w/e 16 May 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Back in the early days of this website I followed a Village Trail around Ockbrook (link) which lies in the northern half of the parish of Ockbrook and Borrowash. The parish is bisected by the A52, now called Brian Clough Way, the main road between Derby and Nottingham. The southern half on the parish is occupied by Borrowash, the larger of the two villages, due mainly to the post war housing development. Since those early days I have photographed many towns and villages in the area surrounding Ilkeston but Borrowash is the one that very nearly got away - until now. The following is just a brief look at some of the older, more significant buildings in the village.

War Memorial

The road linking Ockbrook and Borrowash is Victoria Avenue and the War Memorial that commemorates those lost in conflict from both villages stands at the side of the slip road on the northern (Ockbrook) side of the A52.
Borrowash Library

Ashbrook SchoolsTerraceVictoria Avenue was diverted to cross over the A52 and then continues south into Borrowash passing some larger residences and the Ashbrook Schools (left) before reaching older terraced cottages (right) nearer the village centre. Also near the centre of the village is the old Primitive Methodist Chapel built in 1903. The Chapel is now closed but the building still serves the community as the Borrowash Library.
Shopping Precinct

Victoria Avenue meets the centre of the village at what is basically a staggered crossroads. To the right Derby Road leads to the city of Derby and to the left the appropriately named Nottingham Road leads eastwards along what was originally the main road between the two cities. The fourth road at the staggered junction is Station Road which continues south to Elvaston Country Park and the villages beyond. In the early 1970s the properties at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Nottingham Road were demolished and replaced by a small shopping precinct.
Jubilee Clock

It's also at this corner that a clock was erected to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Derby Road

Looking towards Derby along Nottingham Road in the village centre, Station Road can be seen on the left whilst Victoria Avenue is just beyond the tree on the right.
St Hugh's Church

Out along the Derby Road was an old coaching inn, the Wilmot Arms but this closed in 2019. It was back in the early twentieth century that a Catholic congregation used to meet in the pub to celebrate Mass but it was not until 1958 St Hugh's Church was opened. In the interim period they had met at various other venues in locations around the village.
St Stephen's Church

Returning to the centre of the village we find the Anglican St Stephen's Church straddling a site between the aforementioned Station Road and Gordon Road. This is much older than the Catholic Church and dates from 1889 when the foundation stone was laid. It was built to a design by P.H.Currey (1864-1942) a prominent Derbyshire architect responsible for many fine buildings in the county. The cross in front of the church is another War Memorial and was unveiled in 1920. It is Grade II listed.
Borrowash Methodist Church

Opposite the end of Gordon Road on Nottingham Road is yet another church. This is the Borrowash Methodist Church which opened in 1900 after being built to a design by another Derby architect, John Wills.

Barnes' Bridge

Travelling eastwards along Nottingham Road there is an almost imperceptible hump in the road where the Ock Brook passes underneath on its way south to join the River Derwent. This is Barnes' Bridge.
The Nag's Head

A little further on just before reaching the area known as Shacklecross, once a hamlet in its own right, is a pub that is still open. Several other pubs in the village have closed, the Wilmot Arm's, The Foresters, and The Noah's Ark to name just three but the Nag's Head continues to trade as a pub on this site and has done for over 120 years.

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