First Impressions
No. 08 - Part 02 - Heanor Road
w/e 12 February 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

This part follows Heanor Road from its junction with Church Street to just beyond Charlotte Street.

Community Hospital

From the entrance to Shipley Wood, Heanor Road is lined on the western side by a spur of the wood behind which is an area known as Shipley Common*. It was on part of the Common that Ilkeston's Community Hospital was built and which was opened on 10th December 1987 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. In August 2009 the hospital was also visited by Olivier and Tony award winning actor, stage, screen and television star, Robert Lindsay who returned to his home town to open a new operating theatre.
Petrol Station

Diagonally across from the hospital entrance is a petrol station and mini-supermarket which is the equivalent for residents of the area as a "corner shop".
Traffic Lights

There now begins a series of four traffic lights, the first being at the junction of Shipley Common Lane and also to the Shipley View Housing Estate. On the corner of the lane and adjacent to the hospital grounds is the Coppice and Oakside Care Home.
Heanor Road

At the turn of the last century there was no development on either side of Heanor Road but by the start of the Second World War it had become lined with residential properties. There was still open land to the east between the properties and Cotmanhay and to the west were the fields of Abbotsford Cottage Farm. An aerial photo on the
Picture The Past site (ref DCCS001660) shows the early development of the Shipley View Housing Estate in 1970. I remember this well from having to record the meandering route of an electricity cable between Heanor Road and the furthest corner of the site through waterlogged fields armed with nothing more than a clipboard, paper, pencil and 20m tape measure while bulldozers were ripping up the landscape. Not the easiest of tasks I can assure you!

Rutland Cottage

One building that was standing on this part of Heanor Road at the start of the last century though was the Rutland Cottage which is shown on a map of 1881. Another map of 1900 shows a cricket ground behind.

There is still a small open green space behind the Rutland Cottage but during the latter quarter of the last century it has been bounded by the Wardlow Road (to the north of the pub) and Broadway (to the south) housing development.
Old Hospital

We've now reached the second set of traffic lights and these are at another entrance to the Shipley View Housing Estate via Kedleston Drive. The large building on the corner is the Rutland Manor Care Home but prior to 1988 and the opening of the new Community Hospital, this was the town's hospital. It was built in 1893-4, opening in 94, on land donated by Edward Miller Mundy of Shipley Hall fame. (Picture The Past - DCER001661)

Across from Kedleston Drive is the former Ebenezer Methodist Church and adjacent Church Hall. The large notice on the wall at the entrance to the Hall is now headed "Plymouth Brethren Christian Church". The Brethren actually purchased the 1936 built church in 2017 but the building has since undergone a major refurbishment and re-opened as
ILKON, a contemporary arts centre, on 18th January 2023.
Granby School

ILKON stands on one corner of Charlotte Street whilst on the other corner is the Granby Junior School. The School has stood here for over 140 years having opened in January 1883. There's a photo of the school and its pupils from about 1890 at Picture The Past - ref DCER000001. The third set of traffic lights is just visible in this photo and is at a pedestrian crossing on Heanor Road.
Victorian Houses

The fourth set is near the bottom of Heanor Road but from Granby School the road steady drops down to the lights. This view from near the school has changed very little since those early days of the school with Victorian era houses on the right and allotment gardens on the left although as we shall see in Part 03, there has been more development with houses on both sides of the road since then.
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