First Impressions
No. 02 - Part 04 - Station Road
w/e 21 November 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The Good Old Days

After crossing the bridge over the Erewash Canal, this next section of Station Road leaves behind the industrial sites and retail park taking on a more residential feeling. There have been changes to several sites in this area over the years and for people who remember former buildings this could well be a trip back to the good old days. And "The Good Old Days" is the name of the pub that stands on the north side of the road alongside the canal but it has only gone by this name for a handful of years. Prior to that the building which has stood here since early in the last century, was for members only and known as the "Ilford Club".
Rupert Street

The pub faces down Rupert Street which again has undergone changes in recent years. A builders' merchant traded from here until a new canal side housing estate was built and the corner site on the right was were the Wesleyan Methodist Church stood for a hundred years until it was demolished about 1990. A photo dating from the first decade of the twentieth century showing the church that was designed by J H Nicklin and built by John Manners can be seen at the Picture The Past site (ref DCER001022). Peering through the fog it was just possible to make out the trees at the end of Rupert Street which is where Gordon Street joins from the right. This also marks the entrance to Gordon Street Playing Fields or as they are more commonly known The Ashes. The playing fields stand on the site of an old brick works.
Station Road

Blake StreetCanal StreetContinuing along Station Road, the north side is occupied mainly by three storey residential dwellings but there are a number of short streets like Canal Street (left) and Blake Street (right) that lead to Mill Street and an area of terraced dwellings of the late Victorian era. On the other side of Mill Street is the Wash Meadow playing field (Johnny's) that we saw in the Millership Way part of this series.
Enterprise Club

On the southern side of Station Road at this point is another hostelry that unlike "The Good Old Days" has retained its club status. This is "The Enterprise Sports And Social Club" which boasts its own bowling green at the rear of the premises.
Pedestrian Crossing

Despite the construction of Millership Way, Station Road is still a busy thoroughfare used by traffic to reach the Waterside Retail Park and industrial premises at The Ropewalk and Ilkeston Junction. Such is the flow of traffic that at certain times of the day, it is only when someone uses the strategically placed pedestrian crossing just beyond Blake Street on the right, that traffic joining from Alvenor Street on the left can actually access Station Road safely.
Alvenor Street

The corner of Alvenor Street too is the site of another former church. I remember a green corrugated iron building standing here that was often referred to as the Tin Tabernacle but was officially called St Mary's Alvenor StreetStation RoadChurch Army Mission Hall. See DCER000303 at Picture The Past for a photo from 1911.

Although this area is now mainly residential, there are still a number of "corner" shops like the one on the opposite corner of Alvenor Street (left) and more as the road starts to climb (right) as it gets closer to the town centre.

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