A Sentimental Journey - No. 09
Sandiacre - Down Memory Lane
w/e 18 January 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Gonna take a Sentimental Journey, Gonna set my heart at ease.
Gonna make a Sentimental Journey, to renew old memories.

Memory Lane
There's a shop at Sandiacre on the Longmoor Road to towards Long Eaton that trades under the name of "Memory Lane" and the Village Trail around Sandiacre that we followed in 2005/6 caused David Roberts to take his own trip down Memory Lane from his home in South Wales to the time in the 1940s and 50s when he lived with his parents in this corner of Derbyshire. Following that series part by part caused David to recall his childhood in the post war years and put pen to paper to produce a hard copy (or more correctly, fingers to keyboard to create an electronic file) recording his memories for posterity.

End of Lock Lane

David has now sent me a copy of his "Memories of Sandiacre" which I have incorporated into the original series but he also recollects some places that were not covered in that series. This Sentimental Journey will follow an alternative route back from Sandiacre Lock to the village centre instead of retracing our steps as we did in the final part of the series. We'll begin here near the end of Lock Lane close to the Erewash Canal.
Moored Boats

The lane rises up to cross over the Derby Canal where these boats are moored, close to its junction with the Erewash. The continuation of the Derby Canal in the opposite direction to this view is now filled in and has been converted into a footpath but the bridge over it is still intact.
Old Houses

From the bridge Lock Lane swings to the right to follow the Erewash Canal and some of the old houses that David recalled are apparent on the left.
Parallel Routes

Now running parallel with each other both the lane and the canal pass under the A52, recently named Brian Clough Way in honour of the former Derby County and Nottingham Forest manager. The A52 of course is a post 1950 construction and would not have been there in David's time in Sandiacre, although many of the properties on the left will have changed little.
Road Junction

Looking back from the junction of Lock Lane with Longmoor Road bridges carrying the A52 can be seen crossing both roads.
Cricket Ground

Cricket PavilionCricket Ground GatesBut turning 180 degrees from the previous picture brings another of David's memories into view - the cricket ground. The ground may not have changed much in the last half century but much of the housing that surrounds it is new. As is the pavilion (left) that now graces one corner of the ground which is accessed via a pair of fine gates (right), again probably not stored in David's memory banks.
Longmoor Road

David does recollect though that the cricket players would proceed along Longmoor Road and head for the White Lion pub after games. The cricket ground, the green patch above the orange van, can be seen here from the village centre where Longmoor Road joins what was the main Nottingham to Derby route prior to the construction of the new A52.
Derby Road

The White Lion where cricket club meetings were also held in the late 1940s is just visible here above the vehicles on the right and is on the Derby road out of Sandiacre. To the right of the picture above is Town Street which again runs alongside the Erewash Canal at Padmore Moorings (right). David, who is now more or less housebound in his South Wales home, doubts that he will ever be able to walk along Town Street again. Maybe he won't but maybe, just maybe, these few images will rekindle a few more memories of the time he spent here all those years ago. Thanks for sharing that time and those memories with us David.

Cue song:- Never thought my heart could be so yearny. Why did I decide to roam?
Gotta take that Sentimental Journey, Sentimental Journey home.

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