Ilkeston - Autumn On Old Park
w/e 16 October 2022
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Before Victoria Park was created on old industrial land to the west of the town centre, there was a large area of land on the eastern side of the town stretching down to the River Erewash that was called The Park. Part of this land was later developed but the remaining area became known as Old Park. Park Cemetery now occupies part of the area as well as housing and two schools, Chaucer Infants and Chaucer Junior.

Old Park

Victoria Park is smaller than Old Park and contains a play area, bowling green and formal flower beds among its attractions whereas the latter has a more natural appearance as parkland but does contain a small play area. The changing colours on the trees at this time of year add to its appeal.
'Illy 'Oleys

Now officially called Chaucer Old Park there is one area of the park that is still known by local residents by another name derived from the former mineral workings that once took place on the site. Those workings created many hills and holes as the land dropped towards the river giving rise to the name Hilly Holeys - but the local dialect often dispensed with the aitches to become 'Illy 'Oleys.
To Cantelupe Road

As well as the small play area 'Illy 'Oleys is mainly an area of grassland with a variety of trees criss-crossed by a series of tarmac paths linking Cantelupe Road with Vincent Avenue and another path up past the museum to the town centre. This is one of the paths from Vincent Avenue to Cantelupe Road.
Local Cat

The path up to the museum passes through a wooded area that was once the orchard of Dalby House, the property that now houses the museum. It's not unusual in this area to see squirrels scampering about, robins perching on branches and other birds twittering in the trees above. There's often also many dogs being walked by local residents to say nothing of the occasional feline. It's become a veritable natural nature reserve.

The path continues through the trees with Chaucer Infant School to the right and the former orchard to the left. In summer when the trees are in full leaf it's almost like walking through a tunnel. The underpass ahead is where Chalons Way crosses.
To Junior School

Just before the underpass another path crosses leading down to Chaucer Junior School on the right which is shielded from view by the line of trees in the distance.

Between The Schools

Walking a little way down that path opens up the view over the area of the park betwen the schools to the surrounding countryside and it's often hard to believe that views like this are within a couple of minute's walk from the town centre. The other man's grass isn't always greener and we often don't realise how lucky we are.

There are a lot of berries about this year. I was asked recently if that was a sign of a bad winter to come. I replied that I would rather view them as a sign of a good summer just gone.

On the other side of the underpass - I'm not sure whether this is still classed as Old Park or not - there's a choice of climbing the steps or following the path to the right but the trees are just as attractive either way.

On this occasion I followed the path and from beneath one of those trees where the leaves are acquiring their autumn colours, more colour was visible in the grounds of the museum.

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