Ilkeston - Rolling Back The Years
w/e 08 January 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490 or a Nikon D3300

It's been one of those dark January weeks where sunshine has been at a premium and not aided by the fact that the Newton household has been laid low since Boxing Day with coughs and colds. As the weekend approached I picked the brightest (not much) day of the week to go in search of some photos for this page. With nowhere in particular in mind, my wanderings took me to Whitworth Road and a trip down Memory Lane.

Lower Whitworth Road

It was on Whitworth Road where I first learned to ride a bike and another childhood memory concerns the footpath between Whitworth Road and Lower Whitworth Road. I had a homemade trolley steered by an old frayed pyjama cord and whilst playing on it with two younger friends, we rolled down the hill when the cord broke and the trolley veered off to the right into a patch of nettles. I fell of the back of the trolley relatively unscathed but my poor friends ended up stung all over by the nettles.
Path to Estate

Back then there was also a fence on the right marking the boundary of the South East Derbyshire College of Further Education (SEDC) with the College's playing fields beyond. Now there is a footpath leading to a recently built housing estate on the site of the playing fields.
Cavendish Road

Lower Whitworth Road (seen here left and right) crosses Cavendish Road with Inglefield Road meeting at the same place at an angle. It was here that my mind drifted back again to childhood and the Sunday School Anniversary parades when we walked through all the surrounding streets. We knew as we walked up Inglefield Road that the parade was almost over as we neared Kensington Mission on Nottingham Road at the other end of Whitworth Road.
Gallows Inn

I walked along Inglefield Road and Little Hallam Lane to Nottingham Road and eventually reached the Gallows Inn where once again my mind drifted to those days in Sunday School.

Gallows Inn Lock

The pub sits alongside the Erewash Canal. This is Gallows Inn Lock.
Information Panel

A panel on the wall of the pub includes paragraphs about the Natural History, Local Heritage and Leisure and Recreation as well as a few details about the pub itself. It says that the first pub on the site was the Crown built in 1765 and the present building dates from 1936. What it does not record however that someone who also went to Kensington Mission as a child was John Tudor. John was a couple of years younger than me and made a name for himself as a professional footballer most notably playing for Newcastle United alongside Malcolm MacDonald in the 1970s. When his playing career ended, for a time he was the Licensee of the Gallows Inn.

Still musing on thoughts from years ago I continued along the towpath passing several pairs of mallards and also a family of swans.

The was also a solitary moorhen and I wondered where its mate was.
Erewash Canal

It can often get quite busy on the towpath and during lockdown it was said to have more traffic than the M1 but on this dark January day I met only one other person and was passed by a single bike rider although there were a couple of anglers on the other side.
Green's Lock Bridge

I left the canal by crossing the footbridge at Green's Lock but seeing the path under the bridge again took me back to school days. There's another bridge at the next lock along the Canal at Potter's Lock. It was there that we used to hide from the teacher when we were supposed to be running around Cossall on Cross Country runs during games lessons. I was more of a sprinter and never enjoyed long distance runs! Oh and that bird on the edge of the canal was another moorhen, probably looking for its mate I had passed earlier.

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