Trowell - Over The Boundary - Part 01
w/e 15 March 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

This two part circular walk in Trowell is only about a mile and half in length, the first part being along a busy road whilst the return is by a much quieter route along a pleasant footpath on the line of the former Nottingham Canal.

River Erewash

Although Ilkeston is in Derbyshire, as soon as you cross the River Erewash at the bottom of Nottingham Road just beyond Gallows Inn Playing Fields seen here on the right, you are also over the boundary and into Nottinghamshire.
Into Trowell

Not only are you in a different county but you are also in the Festival Village of Trowell. Our outward route on this walk is around the corner and along the road to the village centre but the return back to this point will be over the railway footbridge, which if you look carefully you will see between the telegraph pole and the lighting column, and then emerging via a footpath on the left of the chevrons.
Railway Bridge

The road takes us to another bridge over the railway. The road here was closed to vehicular traffic for about five weeks in 2004 to allow for the reconstruction of the bridge. Below are some photos I took at that time.

Reconstruction of railway bridge 2004.

Reconstruction of railway bridge 2004.
Station Site

The view northwards from the railway bridge is over the site of the former Trowell Station and in the distance is the footbridge which is the return route.

Continuing past the bridge - and the daffodils - we crossed Stoney Lane and walked along Ilkeston Road. This is the main road between Ilkeston and Nottingham and as such is always busy with traffic.
Notice Board

Part way along Ilkeston Road is a post box and a Trowell Parish Council notice board. Notice the emblem at the top right of the board, a reminder that Trowell with its mix of urban and rural characteristics was chosen as the "Festival Village" for the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Ilkeston Road

The choice of Trowell in 1951 was quite controversial as at that time it had a backdrop of Stanton Ironworks with all the associated air pollution. It was this combination of country and industrial that helped it achieve the award. Now though, as seen along Ilkeston Road, it is mainly a residential area.
Road Junction

Inn SignFestival InnAt the end of Ilkeston Road, the main road changes to Nottingham Road as it rounds the bend whilst another road leads off to the right to Stapleford. That road naturally enough is called Stapleford Road. The corner site itself on the left is occupied by the Festival Inn (left) where once again the emblem from the national event which was held on London's South Bank during the summer on the 100th anniversary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, makes an appearance on the inn sign (right),

St Helen's Church

The village church, St Helen's stands on the corner of Nottingham Road and Stapleford Road and is a Grade II* listed building. It has a long history probably dating back some 1200 years - for more very interesting information about the church see its website here.
Nottingham Road

Following Nottingham Road around the corner we walked past Walkers of Trowell, the fishing tackle specialists, and the Church Hall and up the hill to the bridge over the former Nottingham Canal. The canal is now a Nature Reserve and it was here we left the road to return to Ilkeston.
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