Shipley Park - Miller-Mundy Memories
w/e 06 May 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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Part 5 - Up Shipley Hill

In the previous four parts of this series looking at the influence of the Miller-Mundy family on the area, we have been following the Nutbrook Trail. Admittedly we have encountered a few minor diversions to see the old railway station near the former Newcastle Colliery site, the Woodside Colliery site and in Part 4, the former haystack yard that is now the cricket ground. In this fifth part however although we pick up the walk on the Nutbrook Trail we shall leave it for good as we start to investigate more about the family on Shipley Hill. We resume then near the entrance to the cricket ground on the Trail at a point where it is also Dog Kennel Lane.

Parting Of The Ways

As we emerge from the trees to start the ascent of the hill, Dog Kennel Lane continues straight ahead as a track whilst the tarmaced path of the Nutbrook Trail chicanes to the left. Both paths continue running almost parallel to each other for a hundred yards or so before Dog Kennel Lane swings to the right and away from the Nutbrook Trail to climb the steeper part of the hill and become Lodge Walk. We have a choice here as to which route to take and that decision could well be dependent on the underlying ground conditions as we shall see later. On this occasion we chose to continue along the Nutbrook Trail which also allows a closer look at a sculpture behind the bush in the centre of this image at the parting of the ways.

Sculpture DetailThe sculpture is one of three on the Nutbrook Trail celebrating the area's heritage and its links with the author D. H. Lawrence. We encountered another similar sculpture to this one in Part 5 of the Hallam Fields Industrial Trail (link). The base of this sculpture is inscribed with several quotations by Lawrence; the one pictured left reads " One England blots out another. The mines made the halls wealthy. Now they were Nutbrook Trailblotting them out as they had already blotted out the cottages." Another reads "The industrial England blots out the agricultural England. One meaning blots out another." Since the closure of the mines, the landscape has more of an agricultural look to it even though it has not fully returned to the earlier landscape that Lawrence was referring to and hankering for. It's strange how one's perspective changes with the passage of time and if he were sill alive today, he would probably be remembering the industrial past of the area with some nostalgia. From here we continue up the steady incline (right) of Shipley Hill.
Shipley Hill

This really is the parting of the ways now as Dog Kennel Lane swings away to the right. It is still possible to cross between the two tracks but the recent dry weather evidenced by the cracked earth, means that we can take the short but steep well worn path up the hill. In wet weather this can be quite treacherous and I would recommend the Dog Kennel Lane route as an alternative.
Memorial Stone

At the upper end of the path is the memorial stone recording the opening of the Shipley Country Park by W. L. Milton of the National Coal Board on May 26th 1976, just ten years after the last coal was mined from the drift at Woodside No. 1. Coal extraction from Woodside Nos. 2 and 3 shafts had ceased in 1961. It was the Miller-Mundy family of course that was a pioneer of the coal mining industry in the area. After climbing the hill we must now turn right and pass the gate (shown bottom left above) and along the track to reach Nottingham Lodge. Note: Following the Dog Kennel Lane alternative would lead to Nottingham Lodge first. This track is known as Coach Road and is another link between Dog Kennel Lane and the Nutbrook Trail.
Nottingham Lodge

Gable End From Nottingham Lodge GateSpotted Wolf CrestNottingham Lodge is one of a pair built in 1911, the other being Derby Lodge which we will see later in this series. They were originally called Ilkeston Lodge and Mapperley Lodge respectively. Records from the fourteenth century show that Shipley was a sporting estate with a lodge on the hill and the area was prized for its extensive forest and excellent hunting. The family crest, the Spotted Wolf, that we saw on the cricket pavilion is also prominent here on the gable end of the lodge.
Looking Back

The two lodges are linked by Lodge Walk which is lined by the Suffragette Wall, a stone wall built to protect the estate from the suffrage movement. It is difficult to imagine that the suffragettes would have posed so much of a threat to the estate that a stone wall had to be built and in all honesty, it is not that high and could easily be scaled. But before we continue, this is a good place to pause, look down the hill between the trees back to the cricket ground, take stock, and try to imagine the scene when Sir Walter Tapper worked on the estate, enlarging the Hall for the then owner, Alfred Edward Miller-Mundy. I'm sure D. H. Lawrence could have written a very intriguing story about those times.

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