First Impressions
No. 03 - Part 04 - Nottingham Road
w/e 14 February 2016
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Towards the end of the nineteenth century there were two communities on Nottingham Road that were separated by open fields. One was the area around the Gallows Inn which ended round about the Little Hallam Lane road junction and the other was further up the hill that was known as Hunger Hill - an area now more commonly referred to as Kensington. In this part we look at the infill development between the two communities.


This area of Ilkeston harks back to when almost every street corner had a shop on it and whilst many of the shops in other parts of the town have closed, here at the bottom end of Nottingham Road, most of the street corners still have business premises although many like the Coral shop on the corner of Little Hallam Lane now offer different products and services to that earlier time period. The white painted building on the next corner, Stanhope Street, is now the Wayfarer Store but for many years it was a branch shop of the Ilkeston Co-Operative Society. At the time of writing it is due to expand its services to include a Post Office at the end of February 2016 when the existing Post Office branch that we passed in Part 3 of this series closes its doors for the last time.
Terraced Housing

The 1880 OS map of the area shows fields on both sides of Nottingham Road here and a stone engraving on the Wayfarer Store is dated 1884. By 1900 a similar map shows that the road had been lined by terraced houses and was already beginning to resemble this view minus the vehicles and satellite dishes of course!
Perseverance Cottage

Whilst most of the properties are pretty similar in appearance, one distinctive feature between Stanhope Street and Newdigate Street is a gated archway with the words "Perseverance Cottage" on the lintel.
French St Junction

Newdigate St JunctionManners St JunctionAs the population grew so did the housing and a clay pit in a field at the edge of the road on the 1880 map had been replaced by housing some twenty years later. By the start of the First World War in 1914, further development had taken place to create French Street (on the right in the above photo), along with Shaw Street and, on the other side of the road, Newdigate Street (left) and Manners Street (right).
Cavendish Rd Junction

Cavendish Road did not appear on maps until the 1930s when it linked the Little Hallam area of the town with Nottingham Road running almost parallel with Little Hallam Lane. For many years it formed a T-junction with Nottingham Road but more recently a mini-island was painted in the road and more recently still in 2014, the road junction was widened to make the island a more permanent feature.
Old Cottages

We've already established that in 1880 there was open countryside between the two communities at Gallows Inn and Hunger Hill but midway between them stood these cottages that now face Cavendish Road. By the turn of the century the Church of St John the Evangelist had been built next to the cottages.
30s Housing

The houses on the left as the hill begins to get steeper between Cavendish Road and Hunger Hill date from the 1930s as do the houses opposite and on the Ashdale Road development.
St John's Church

1893 Foundation Stone1908 Foundation StoneIt is from between Cavendish Road and Ashdale Road that one of the best views of St John's Church is obtained. I spotted two "foundation" stones, one stating it was laid by Charles Robert Crompton on August 1st, 1908. The church actually appears on the 1900 map which is rather confusing as the other stone is dated April XIX, MDCCCXCIII which in modern parlance translates to April 19th, 1893.

Clarification of this anomaly is provided by the Church of England's A Church Near You website which states that "St.John's is a brick structure built in the Early English style. Designed by Currey of Derby, and initially built as a chapel of ease to St.Mary's, the foundation stone was laid in 1893 and was dedicated in 1894 by the Bishop of Southwell. Though not fully completed until 1911, it became the parish church of the newly formed parish of St.John's in 1912."
Hunger Hill Area

Above Ashdale Road more of the 1930s housing can be seen along with the older properties in the Hunger Hill area.
Kensington Business Park

Opposite are some more old cottages which have stood since at least the mid 1800s on one side of the entrance to the Kensington Business Park whilst the large house on the left "Hillside" is dated 1885. Back in the day, the entrance led to a Lace Factory, the lace industry growing from and replacing the framework knitters from the earlier part of the nineteenth century. In 1850 there were six lace factories in Ilkeston and in 1900 the map makes the one at Hunger Hill as the "Kensington Needle Works and Lace Factory". Hunger Hill by the way is thought to have been derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hangra" meaning a sloping wooded area while the name now used for the Kensington area comes from the Lace Factory established in 1824 by William Tatham and Co. After the Second World War other companies leased the Kensington Works until disrupted by an event on October 15th 1963 - and I'll tell you more about that in Part 5.
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