No. 02 - Part 02 - Ilkeston Junction
w/e 23 May 2010
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
As we rejoin the walk on Coronation Road where the pedestrian
footbridge over the railway meets the road again, the view directly
in front is along Middleton Street which will be familiar to
anyone who has ever visited the large building on the left. This
former textile mill is the well-known retail outlet that trades
under the name of Armstrong's Mill. Also well-known to Ilkeston
people but perhaps not as widely as the mill is the Dewdrop pub
which can be seen on the right behind the white building.
Access to both the mill and the pub is via Station Street which
means negotiating a tight hairpin bend when approaching from
Coronation Road. This area is called Ilkeston Junction primarily
because of the railway connection but it could also equally be
applied to the road network as this is where five of them meet.
Apart from the two already mentioned, Wentworth Street is on
the left which is directly opposite Digby Street just out of
shot on the right. This is also the point where Coronation Road
directly ahead changes to Station Road behind..
Wentworth Street which we saw in an earlier part from Millership
Way is mainly a residential street but it does give access to
a few business premises as well and there is a footpath from
the end that leads to the Erewash Canal and Millership Way. From
here the new road can be seen running across the end of Wentworth
Street at a higher level.
In contrast to Wentworth Street, the Digby Street/Middleton Street
area of Ilkeston Junction is mainly an industrial zone with a
few residential properties. As we travel further along Station
Road we shall pass even more retail outlets and industrial premises
before reaching the mainly residential area nearer the town centre.
In this view however, from near the end of Wentworth Street there
is a row of houses standing opposdite the Waterside Retail Park.
Also worth noting in this picture are the walls on either side
of the road which mark the crossing of the River Erewash.
The Erewash is the natural boundary between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
but as already pointed out, the boundary in this area has been
realigned to include the Junction within the Ilkeston town boundary
and therefore be in Derbyshire. This is the view north from the
bridge on Station Road with some of the units on the Waterside
retail Park just visible on the left.
From the opposite side of the road the view to the south show
the proximity of the river to the buildings on Digby Street.
It could never be called a major river and presently the water
level is relatively low but it was responsible during the wet
summer of 2007 for flooding and damage at many of the properties
residential, retail and industrial at the Junction.