Shipley Park - Miller-Mundy Memories
w/e 02 December 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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Part 12 - The Appendix

Exhibition AreaWe completed the walk around Shipley Country Park looking at the influence of the Miller-Mundy family in Part 11 when we arrived back at the Visitor Centre (left) and took a brief look inside (right). I promised a closer look at the exhibition there but before we get to that, this appendix gives me the opportunity to review the series and see one or two more places that were only briefly alluded to previously.
Shipley Gate

Footbridge & Station HouseShipley Gate Station siteFor example, in the early part of the walk, we followed the Nutbrook Trail along the route of the old railway lines almost as far as the Woodside Colliery site. A branch line led from there to the main line station at Shipley Gate. Station House still stands at the bottom of Long Lane where there was previously a level crossing. A footbridge now crosses the lines (left) but the platforms have long since disappeared (right).
This series about the Miller-Mundys has elicited a number of emails from various interested people. Jack Hallam of Nottingham but formerly a Shipley/Cotmanhay resident and ex-employee of Woodside Colliery wrote to me about the old tramway from Shipley down through Bentley's Plantation. He told me that it was known locally as Cocky Dumbles and without going into details explained the name came about because it was used frequently by courting couples on summer night walks. Jack said that there used to be two cottages that are marked on old maps as Dumble Cottages near the bottom of the hill. They were in a poor condition, had only well-water, no sanitation and used paraffin lamps. The tramway originally had a stationary engine/winch that lowered full wagons down to the canal and under the mainline rail track, prior to its connection to the London, Midland and Scottish Railways (LMS). The engine then pulled the empties back to the colliery. This was prior to Squire Mundy installing his own rail track.

The Field

We left the railway route in Part 3 near another Station House at The Field and nearby stand several cottages where the miners and estate workers lived.
Michael House

Across from the cottages were a number of colliery buildings that have survived to the present day. Over the years the buildings have been extended and added to and are now used by Michael House School where the education follows the teachings of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.

The CoppiceThis seems like a good place to include this picture of The Coppice for as we left the railways and started down Dog Kennel Lane in Part 4 we passed the 1890 building that was used was as offices by the Great Northern Railway Company and also the Shipley Colliery Company. It is once again being used as offices but has served time as both an inn and a restaurant.

Margery Carriere sent me several pictures (more later) all the way from from Fonthill, Ontario, Canada including this one of the interior of The Coppice obviously dating from a much earlier time.
Jack Hallam has some memories of The Coppice in the days of the National Coal Board when the house was the home of the then Area Manager for the No.5 Area. He expected everyone to bow to him when he passed by - how times have changed! Jack also has vivid memories of the positions of all the coal mining shafts in the area that have now either been filled in or capped including several in the vicinity of the school. Two of them were tandem shafts with two winding houses with timber framed headstocks connected together.

Mapperley Reservoir

As we progressed down Dog Kennel Lane towards the cricket club again in Part 4, mention was made of the water supply and the feed for the Nutbrook Canal that was provided by Osborne's Pond and Mapperley Reservoir. The reservoir between Shipley Hill and Mapperley Village is now a popular venue for local anglers and is surrounded by a nature reserve. Near the cricket club was a small substation and Jack Hallam recalls that the generating plant house was alongside the Suffragette Wall near a gateway from the Lodge Walk/Coach Road.
Coach Road Bridge

Beech WalkPart 5 took us up Shipley Hill and another correspondent, Joseph Elliott, thought this series was "fascinating as this is were I used to spend most of my time in the summer" before he left home on the Shipley View estate for university. In the holidays Joseph worked for the now defunct American Adventure Theme Park but recalled the route of the old Coach Road that ran from Cotmanhay Lodge to the Hall and was mentioned in Part 6. Several bridges and remnants of the original road can still be seen including this bridge across the overflow from Shipley Lake into Paul's Arm. The Nutbrook Trail now crosses the bridge but it is not difficult to imagine the Miller-Mundys and their guests crossing in horse and carriage.

Our perambulations in Parts 7, 8 and 9 took us around the Hall site and the top of Shipley Hill where we walked along Beech Walk to the Water Tower. Most if not all of the beech trees have had to be felled because of disease and for safety reasons and only their stumps remain but a poster in the Visitor Centre includes this image (right) of Beech Walk when they were still standing. There is also another image here from when I completed the British Heart Foundation's Sponsored Walk - The Shipley Shuffle - in 2002 that shows what a splendid feature the trees were.
Three views of the Hall model.

But now back to the Visitor Centre and a closer look at the model of Shipley Hall (left) with its main entrance (centre) and glass corridor (right).

Shipley Hall Model

Someone has certainly gone to a lot of trouble with the model and as much attention to the interior has been paid as to the exterior. The interior of the Hall has been reconstructed from photographs, an inventory taken in 1834 and knowledge of furnishings and styles of the mid 1800s to early 1900s.


Peering in through the library windows shows just how much detail has been included with not only books on the shelves but also by newspapers scattered on the table.

SouvenirSo far in this series, we have seen much of the influence of the Miller-Mundys on the landscape which was the original aim but have seen little of the human face of the family apart from a portrait of Alfred Edward, "The Squire" in the pavilion of the Shipley Hall Cricket Club in Part 4. We can now put that to rights with a few portraits of some of the members of the family extracted from a document owned and scanned by Margery Carriere. The original document was published as a supplement to the Ilkeston Pioneer as a "Souvenir of Coming of Age of Mr. Godfrey Miller-Mundy" in 1906.

Col. Robert Mundy
Col. Robert Mundy (1695-1708) and Ellen Slack's 4th son Edward (1717-1767) married --

Hester Miller
-- Hester Miller (1714-1767)
heiress of Shipley. They had
five children of whom --

Edward (1st) Miller-Mundy
-- Edward (1st) Miller-Mundy
(died 1822) was one.
He married three times.

Edward (2nd)  Miller-Mundy
Edward (2nd) Miller-Mundy
(1744-1834) eldest son by the 1st's marriage to Francis Meynell.

Alfred Miller-Mundy
Alfred Miller-Mundy (1809-1877) only remaining child of Edward (2nd) inherited the Hall in 1849.

Mrs. A Miller-Mundy
Mrs. A Miller-Mundy. 1849 was also the year Alfred's wife gave birth to their son Alfred Edward.

Alfred Edward Miller-Mundy
Alfred Edward Miller-Mundy (1849-1920) "The Squire".

Godfrey Miller-Mundy
Godfrey Miller-Mundy
(born April 25, 1885).

Godfrey aged 6 with his mother & sister
Godfrey aged 6 with his
mother & sister.
There is a more detailed look at the family tree of the Miller-Mundys in Part 6. When Margery wrote to me with scans of the souvenir, she also revealed some of her own family history and a surprising connection with the Miller-Mundys. I'll let her tell the story in her own words:-

"It is with great interest that I have been following your recent series on Shipley Park - Miller-Mundy Memories. I thought you might be interested in seeing my grandmother's Souvenir of the Coming of Age of Mr. Godfrey Miller Mundy, of Shipley Hall, likely occurring on or about August 17th, 1906.

My grandmother, Mary Ethel Hudson, was the daughter of Edwin Hudson, the Station master at Ilkeston Junction, and one of his duties was to escort the then Prince of Wales to Shipley Hall to visit his friends the Miller-Mundys. When I was putting together an album of old photos on the Smith-Hudson side of my family, I was at a loss to pinpoint the location and especially the occasion of this photo of my grandparents.

Arthur Smith & Mary Ethel Hudson

My grandfather, at that time, was an apprentice landscape gardener and as such was highly unlikely to hobnob with the elite of society. And unfortunately, most of the old family photos included no explanation of person or place. However, my second cousin in Australia, Bob Sudbury (the youngest son of Ilkeston Architect Harry Tatham Sudbury) was kind enough to send me copies of old photos he had .... and included among them was one of "Shipley Hall". I immediately recognised it as being the same estate as was in the background in my grandparent's Garden Party picture.

I was still at a loss to understand why my grandparents would have been invited to such an event as the Coming of Age, but surmise that it was either because my grandmother was the daughter of the Station master, or that many of the young people in the age group of Mr. Godfrey Miller Mundy would have been invited from the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the copy of the Coming of Age may not be as clear as I would like but it is still in the large envelope that it came in, and has remained in excellent condition for one hundred and one years."

As we see from the above, Margery also list Ilkeston's renowned architect Harry Tatham Sudbury among her family members and she included a photo of Harry and Annie Laura Hudson (left) that was taken around the time of their marriage, in 1903. Now Harry probably had as much influence on the architecture of Ilkeston and its surroundings as the Miller-Mundys had on the landscape of Shipley but that's a whole new story that probably deserves a series in its own right.

As we started and ended our walk around Shipley Country Park at the site of one of the Miller-Mundys' mines, the old Coppice Colliery, we'll end this series with a couple of samples scanned from a booklet sent to me this time from California by our friend and oft-times correspondent, Roy Gregory. This is another souvenir of sorts as it is a booklet issued to commemorate the opening of the Pithead Baths on April 3rd, 1948.

Mining took place in the area long before the Miller-Mundys, then the Shipley Colliery Company took over and the National Coal Board. The Pithead Baths were opened as we can see in 1948 but deep shaft mining ceased in the 1960s to be followed for a time by opencasting. A brief respite is due to end shortly with the onset of more opencast mining nearby. It seems we have gone full circle but the memories of the Miller-Mundy family go on.

All that remains is to thank Roy, Margery, Jack, Joseph, the Local History Societies at Ilkeston and Heanor, members of the Shipley Hall Cricket Club, staff at the Green Health Partnership and many more people too numerous to mention by name but not forgetting the Rangers at Shipley Park and in particular, Gary Wain whose notes and talk whilst guiding the Autumn Footprints walk in 2006 inspired this series.

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