Cossall - Family Roots - Part 01
w/e 29 March 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

As the coronavirus restrictions on movement take hold, it's obviously becoming more and more difficult to get out and about for photos so continuing the theme of "Over The Boundary" which started with a short walk into Nottinghamshire at Trowell, here's a selection from another walk of about a mile and a half also over the county boundary to Cossall. These pictures were all taken earlier in March.

Potter's Lock

This first picture is actually in Derbyshire at Potter's Lock on the Erewash Canal.
River Erewash

From there we walked down the path towards the railway line and crossed the River Erewash, the boundary between the counties, where horses were grazing on the Nottinghamshire side of the river.
Mill Lane

After crossing the footbridge over the railway we started the climb up to Cossall along Mill Lane. Recent rainfall had left a number of muddy puddles to negotiate.
Fallen Tree

We also had to negotiate a fallen tree that was blocking the path as we neared the former swing bridge position over the now disused Nottingham Canal (Top Cut).

On the other side of the canal there were intermittent views through the hedgerow of the surrounding countryside and we could make out the traffic flowing along the M1 through the haze.

The M1

This zoomed shot from the same position as the previous photo shows the traffic on the M1.
Puddles & Mud

Although you would expect the ground conditions to be better on the higher ground as Mill Lane levels off as it enters the village, it was just the opposite with wider and deeper puddles and more muddy conditions.
Church Cottage

Reaching the road junction with Church Lane which wends its way through the village, we turned left to approach Church Cottage (centre above), the home of Louie Burrows who was engaged to D. H. Lawrence. The author featured the cottage in his novel "The Rainbow".
Waterloo Memorial

Before reaching the cottage we turned right into the churchyard to view the Waterloo Memorial, which was erected in 1877 to the memory of three men from the village, John Shaw, Richard Waplington and Thomas Wheatley who fought at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

In 2015 to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, an event was held in Cossall and a plaque unveiled on the wall behind the Memorial. At the moment the plaque has disappeared and part of the wall has been demolished but presumably it will soon be rebuilt and the plaque replaced.

St Catherine's Church

John Shaw and Richard Waplington were never to see Cossall again but Thomas (b 1793) survived the battle and returned home. When he died he was buried in the churchyard of St Catherine's Church. His grandfather William Wheatley (b 1735) on a different branch of the family tree is my four times great grandfather.
Church Lane

We returned to Church Lane to continue the walk through and see more of the village.
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