First Impressions
No. 03 - Part 02 - Nottingham Road
w/e 05 May 2013
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Marathon runners sometimes "hit a wall" and I have to admit that's what happened to me after the initial part of this First Impressions series at the bottom of Nottingham Road. Now nearly eighteen months later a fine sunny morning prompted me to "grasp the nettle", " bite the bullet" or do whatever management phrase is currently in vogue and I picked up the camera and returned for this second part. It is possible to see similar images to those on this page on Google's Street View but here I can also add a little background information.

Playing Field Entrance

Gallows Inn Playing FieldsKRM Site For example the building at the entrance to the Gallows Inn Playing Field (left) previously housed the offices and showrooms of Pola Blinds Ltd but now stands empty. Opposite KRM Building Supplies' site (right) extends to occupy the former Shipstone Street which until at least the 1980s had about a dozen terraced properties on the left hand side with another seven facing onto Nottingham Road.
Patriotic Houses

Next to the former Pola Blinds building are a pair of semi-detached houses that are probably the most patriotic in Ilkeston. There is usually at least one national flag flying and on special occasions such as International football matches, the Olympic Games or Royal Weddings, both houses are usually draped with huge flags and traditional bunting as well.
Babbington Close

One thing you won't currently see on Street View is this new housing development called Babbington Close for when the Google car passed this way, the site of the former Jet Petrol Station and Car Wash was standing empty with all the former buildings having been demolished.
Canal Bridge

Nottingham Road is now starting to rise to cross the bridge over the Erewash Canal. There's an interesting photo (ref DCER000249) on the Picture The Past website looking in the opposite direction which shows a World War II pillbox on the crest of the bridge. Half of the pillbox extended part way into the road and the photo also shows the terrace mentioned previously and the front of the "Horse and Groom" public house.
The Gallows Inn

The pub is now called "The Gallows Inn" and has been known as that for many, many years despite at one time having the name "Lock, Stock and Barrel" on the inn sign. The building seen today is the same as the one in the Picture The Past photo taken during the war as it was built for brewers Joseph Shipstone and Sons in 1936. An inn had stood on this site for many years before that though, the first being built as "The Crown" in 1765. Even back then because of the proximity of the gallows built to execute criminals when the assizes were moved to Ilkeston from Nottingham following the outbreak of the plague that broke out in the fourteenth century, it had become known as "The Gallows Inn" before the year 1800. The gallows remained nearby (on what is now the Gallows Inn Playing Field) but eventually fell into disrepair and were blown down in a storm in 1870.
Information Board

A path from the road leads down to the canal towpath passing a recently erected information board describing a thirty mile route along each side of the Erewash Valley.
Erewash Canal

The towpath along the Erewash Canal also provides a safe way to cross the busy Nottingham Road as it passes under the bridge to the car park at the pub on the other side. Work to build the canal began in 1778 and it was opened in July 1779.
Rutland Windows

Gallows Inn LockHousingThere are fourteen locks on the canal which runs for some eleven miles from the River Trent to Langley Mill. Gallows Inn Lock (left) is at the side of the inn. Steps lead down from the bridge on this side on the road whilst opposite, Rutland Windows trade from the site occupied previously by Kennings Garage. An independent upholstery business has been replaced by more housing at the foot of the steps (right).

Back to Part 1
 First Impressions Index
Forward to Part 3

Site Navigation

"Pick A Picture"
Weekly Favourites
Latest Images
Holidays &
Days Out
Special Features
The Guest Page
Site search Web search

powered by FreeFind
Jigsaw Puzzles
Recommended Links

Terms & Conditions of Use
This website is copyright but licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence.
Please credit the photographer Garth Newton, or add a link to these pages.