Cossall - Family Roots - Part 02
w/e 05 April 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Leaving St Catherine's Church we continued through the village and down the hill to Cossall Marsh.

Community Hall

We passed Church Cottage, the home of D. H. Lawrence's fiancee to reach Cossall Community Hall. This is also known as the Old School Room which is thought to have been built in 1813 even though the date of the porch shows 1850. Current thinking is that the later date relates to when to porch was completed. It served as a school until 1891 when a new school was built on Coronation Road. See the Community Hall's website for more.

Alms Houses

Next to the Community Hall are the Grade II* listed Willoughby Alms Houses that were built in 1688. The original school in Cossall was in an upstairs room in the Alms Houses until the building next door was erected as the population grew. The Alms Houses were founded by George Willoughby, nephew of the Lord of Wollaton, in 1685. and were originally for "four single poor men over 60 years of age and four single poor women over 55 years of age". My distant relative Thomas Wheatley, the one who fought at the Battle of Waterloo after returning to Cossall, lived in the Alms Houses. (Cue Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - I'm "just a poor boy from a poor family.") The trees were obviously not that big when Thomas lived there but since I last photographed the Alms Houses some years ago, the gardens have become quite overgrown and are in need of some TLC. Apparently according to the Parish Council website the Alms Houses "were sold into private ownership in 2016. We hope in the near future to hear plans to develop this treasured building that will give it a new lease of life."

As we made our way along the winding Church Lane, we passed the former Post Office and also an old telephone kiosk which now has a new lease of life as the home of a defibrillator.

At another bend in the road is a bench where at this time of year you can sit among the daffodils and watch the world go by. It's also the location of the village notice board.
Church Lane

Church Lane now continues down the hill and more daffodils were flowering in the hedgerow.

The flowers were on the banks on both sides of the road and became more abundant as we went down the hill.

What more can I say - daffodils.
Cossall Marsh

At the end of Church Lane the area is known as Cossall Marsh and there are more flower displays which will still be there long after the daffodils have died back.
Millennium Park

There's also an entrance here to what is now called Millennium Park. When I was a child I would often go by bus with my parents to visit relatives in Kimberley on Sunday afternoons and would often see this area filled with crowds watching motorbike scrambling on the muddy or dusty bank (depending on the weather conditions) that is now the park.
Coronation Road

It was also here that we ended this walk and waited for the bus to take us home but this is Coronation Road and the aforementioned new school stood a little further along on the right. It would have been quite a walk back up the hill into the village centre for the schoolchildren but it was built here to also serve the children who lived at the far end of the road in Ilkeston Junction. the school closed about 1980. For a time it was Chatterley's Hotel/Restaurant and has had various uses but is now a private dwelling. To the left of the road which is now an industrial estate was Cossall Colliery - but that's another story for another time.
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