Ilkeston - Now & Then, Then & Now
w/e 14 May 2023

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

People who have moved away from Ilkeston in the past or only visited some years ago may not be aware of some of the recent changes that have taken place in the town. These images below show just a few of them.

Market 2023

At one time of day you could get anything from a button to a blanket on Ilkeston's Saturday market but the council's decision to stop erecting market stalls contributed to some difficult trading conditions which has seen a drastic reduction in the number of traders who now stand each week. This was the market in May 2023.

Market 2008

This view from a similar position was taken in 2008.
Co-Op Building 1999

Back in 1999 the Co-Operative Society was still operating from multiple adjacent and interconnected buildings on Market Street and South Street.
Co-Op Building 2023

Now the upper storeys have been converted into residential accommodation and there are several different independent traders in the ground floor units.
Morrisons 2023

Although the Co-Op store has gone, Morrisons Supermarket and petrol station has opened on a site off Nottingham Road.
Ilkeston Glass 2013

The site was previously occupied by the South East Derbyshire College of Further Education (seen here in the background), the Ilkeston Glass Company and a pair of semi detached houses. As far as I know the houses built on the site of the Kensington Mission Chapel were never actually occupied and they stood empty for several years. This photo was taken in 2013.
The Concorde 2007

Another place that stood empty and became derelict was The Concorde Pub on Green Lane. It was past its prime when this photo was taken in 2007.
Concorde Site 2023

Now the site has been redeveloped with these three new houses facing Green Lane and the remainder of the site behind developed with another 11 semi and detached houses into a cul-de-sac named Concorde Close.
Poplar Site 2023

Another development off Pelham Avenue near the bottom of Bath Street has also seen the creation of another dozen or so domestic properties plus a couple of commercial units facing Bath Street.
The Poplar 2005

Like the Concorde development, the Pelham Avenue site occupies one where a pub was situated, in this case The Poplar Inn. This is how The Poplar looked in 2005.

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