Stapleford - Part 4 - Pinfold and Wesley
w/e 26 October 2008
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Stapleford Town Trail title image

One thing I have noticed during the first three parts of this series is the number of times phrases and words such as "formerly", "previously" and "used to be" have crossed my mind for much of Stapleford's history and heritage has succumbed to twentieth century development. It's a similar story in much of Part 4 but whereas I have been able to resort to old images at the Picture The Past website in earlier instalments, that source, apart from a couple of images, also seems to have run dry in this particular area.

Across Church Street

We resume our walk at the opposite end of Mill Road to where we left off in Part 3 and our route will take us across Church Street into Pinfold Lane.
Manor House Site

Currently on the left hand corner of Pinfold Lane and Church Street is a row of undistinguished town houses but they occupy the site where the Manor House once stood. This was built by George Jackson in 1689 and was here for nearly three hundred years before being demolished in 1970. But the Manor House too replaced an earlier house on the site owned by Newstead Abbey. Regrettably this is another case of "formerly", "previously" and "used to be".
Pinfold Lane

It is man's seemingly insatiable urge to move on, modernise and change that has led to much of the heritage being lost so the Stapleford and District Local History Society are to be congratulated on producing the Town Trail leaflet to preserve the knowledge about the area that remains. The leaflet indicates a position on Pinfold Lane at the opposite end to the Manor House site where there was a secure enclosure or pinfold. This held stray animals until they were reclaimed by their owners and the position of the pinfold was here. The leaflet states that the ancient wall remains but I am not 100% sure as to which wall that reference refers.
Wesley Place Chapel

Wesley Place ChapelPinfold Lane meets Wesley Place at a combined junction with the main Nottingham Road and it is here that something of the past does remain in the shape of the Wesley Place Chapel. The Chapel was built near where theologian, evangelist, and founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley Wesley Place Chapelpreached in 1774. It was enlarged in 1848 becoming a Christian Education Centre in the 1970s and the interior of the building is said to have a fine hall and balcony. The leaflet says that it is now the home of the Stapleford Volunteer Bureau and I had hoped to follow the advice and ask at the reception to see the interior. The boarded up windows and doors however suggest that further change has taken place since the printing of the leaflet. Time waits for no man but at least the exterior of the building is still recognisable as a chapel.

The couple of images I mentioned earlier at the Picture the Past website both show similar views from from near the chapel. They show a view from about 1900 and a 1977 view along Pinfold Lane.
Nottingham Road

In the early parts of the series we walked away from the town centre at The Roach towards Derby before retracing our steps most of the way back again. Then we left the main road to explore Warren Avenue and Mill Road. Now we have reached the main road on the other side of The Roach and in similar fashion we will follow this towards Nottingham to a point approximately where the houses are on the left of this image. Again we will turn to retrace our steps back as far as the Wesley Place Chapel and in the next part there will be more historical buildings to be seen than have been visible in this part - I promise!
Rocky Hillside

But before we conclude this section of the walk it is worth a glance to the south where between the buildings a rocky red sandstone hillside is clearly to be seen. There are a number of places in the Erewash Valley where it is possible to see these rocky outcrops that were deposited in the early Triassic period over 200 million years ago. I suspect that it was in this vicinity that those French prisoners in the Napoleonic Wars were put to work excavating rocks for road repairs. Not only did the French word "roches" for rocks give rise to the name of The Roach but nearby Sandiacre also owes its name to the sandstone. It doesn't take much imagination either to see from where the local motoring company Sandicliffe who have premises on Nottingham Road derived its name.
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