First Impressions
No. 02 - Part 05 - Station Road
w/e 22 May 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Parking BaysMini-RoundaboutSeveral months have passed since Part 04 of this occasional series but I was prompted into action for this part by work that has recently been ongoing along Station Road. This work has effectively narrowed the road by the creation of parking bays (left) and also the construction of a mini-roundabout (right) at Flamstead Road where we concluded Part 04.

Residential Area

Off LicenceNew "Station Road Residential Area" signs have been erected near the Waterside Retail Park and at the juction of Station Road and Chalons Way and a weight limit introduced to restrict heavy vehicles on the road. Whilst the mini-roundabout is universally accepted as an improvement, the other alterations have not been met with the same enthusiasm by everyone and the weight limit will only be effective if it is enforced. It has to be acknowledged though that there are many residential properties in this section but there are also several corner shops as well such as Sue's Off Licence (right) at John Street and the 5 Star Fish Bar (above).
Taylor Street

Not all the corner shops are occupied though and this one on the corner of Taylor Street appears to have seen much better days in the past. The side streets, like Taylor Street, that meet Station Road in this area do so at an angle which presumably accounts for the stepped frontages of the properties on both side of Station Road.
Cash & Carry

King Street also crosses at an angle and the former lace factory is now occupied by the Seven Stars Cash & Carry business supplying goods to the food and drink industry. The building itself is a reminder of several more in the town that were involved in the lace industry although only one, Cluny Lace on Belper Street, now remains It was lace manufactured at Cluny Lace that was used on Kate Middleton's wedding dress when she married Prince William to become the Duchess of Cambridge.
Diverted Road

Beyond the Cash & Carry, much of the south side of Station Road was demolished in the early 1980s to make way for Chalons Way to be constructed, Station Road being diverted to a new route to meet it.

Much of the north side however remained intact and the portion from Wood Street to Chalons Way now has houses on one side only and has become a cul-de-sac, the last property being number 28. The Erewash Hotel, number 23 and seen here in the distance, stood on the corner of North Street but numbers 25 to 27 Station Road inclusive were demolished along with the whole of North Street to be replaced by Chalons Way.
Chalons Way

Erewash HotelRoundaboutChalons Way actually marks the end of this "First Impressions" route into the town but Station Road continues on the other side of the roundabout (left) to Bath Street. USA resident with Ilkeston ancestors, Shirley Hall, must have stood in the vicinity of the future roundabout when she captured this image on the right of the Erewash Hotel back in the 1970s before Chalons Way was built.
25/26 Station Road

And it is with a couple of Shirley's photos taken in 1971 that we end our look at Station Road. Shirley writes: "My Great Grandparents, Edward and Alice (Booth) Smith ran a shop at 25/26 Station Road around 1925. When I first came to Ilkeston with my husband Chuck, we found the shop all boarded up and some man had his car parked smack dab in front of the shop, so I could only get a half way photo. I think all this area was razed for the ring road, if I'm not mistaken as I couldn't find it at all the next time we visited.

According to Kelly's directory of Derby for 1925, Alice Smith was the shopkeeper at No. 26. She is also listed in the 1928 edition while the 1932 edition names Edward as shopkeeper. From my understanding, Edward was too involved with cricket (also a well respected referee), so Alice ran the shop. They sold pickles in big barrels, had all kinds of sweets. The Smiths probably lived in number 25."
North Street

Shirley also sent this photo of the corner of North Street opposite the Erewash Hotel. Even in 1971 it looks as though the demolition process had started but there are a couple of images at Picture the Past (see DCER000478 and DCER000480) from 1982 that show the old factory that stood on the North Street/Chapel Street junction. Originally this had been built as a mineral water factory that became the Erewash Valley Brewery in 1899/1900. That only lasted until 1905 but the buiding stood until the early 1980s and was used by a number of other business concerns before its demolition.

My own particular memory dates from the post war years when buses ran "Evening Tours" on Sundays. The destination of the tours was always a secret but they usually called at a pub on the return and were known as "Mystery Trips". The increase in popularity of private vehicles in the post war years meant that the trips ceased to be a viable propostion for the bus companies and they were discontinued sometime in the 1950s. I can only echo Shirley's sentiment when she writes "Wouldn't it be wonderful to re-run those days and see what Station Rd looked like in 1928?" Or 1950 or 1971 or .any other year but all we have now are the memories.

Shortly after uploading this page Bob Martin contacted me with some of his memories. He wrote: "The pictures of Station Road really took me back! I spent a lot of time in that area as a child, my grandma lived on Mill Street. Where "Sue's Off Licence" is, used to be a butchers, called Woods, I think. The "5 Star Fish Bar" is where I used to have my hair cut, at a barbers run by Tommy Chapman. The Erewash Hotel was the terminus for the Kimberly buses. The buses from Kimberley came up Station Road and turned into North Street, returning via North Street, Carr Street, Mill Street, Canal Street and back onto Station Road.

There used to be an electrical shop on Station Road between Wood Street and North Street, where I used to take grandma's accumulator to be charged, so she could listen to her radio - this must have been in the late 1940s!

I too, remember the Sunday night mystery trips 'on General' and remember going to Loughborough, Matlock and Ashbourne on them."

The "General" Bob refers to was the Midland General Omnibus Company (MGO) but he says the mystery trips started from outside St. Mary's Church. He also remembers a butcher's shop on the corner across from Starrs that had a cast of a cow's head above the door. Although Bob doesn't have any photos of old Ilkeston, he says that there are still a lot of images in his head from days gone by. Thanks for sharing your memories Bob.

The next route we will follow into Ilkeston will be along Nottingham Road.
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