Kimberley - Part 04 - Up, Up & Away
w/e 13 February 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We began our walk through Kimberley in the west and have meandered eastwards to reach the town centre. In this part we continue in an easterly direction and climb up to the Stag Inn, Knowle Hill and Kimberley Cemetery, or as I've titled this part, Up, Up and Away.


Picking up the route on Main Street near the former Primitive Methodist Chapel, the next building along is Kimberley Library. The library is obviously a very useful amenity for the local population and although the architect has made an attempt to blend this comparatively new building with its surroundings, personally I don't think he has completely achieved that objective. The library now stands on the site of the YMCA building that originally opened in 1908 and was known as Hardy House.
Lord Clyde

A little further along and opposite the end of Greens Lane (formerly Factory Lane) is another of Kimberley's pubs. This is the Lord Clyde. Comparison of two photos in a book of old postcard pictures indicate that the raised entrance and the bay windows were added to the frontage some time after the first decade of the twentieth century but before 1933.
War Memorial

Diagonally across the same junction from the Lord Clyde is the War Memorial which was unveiled by Sir Dennis Readett-Bailey (chairman of the Giltbrook Leather Co.) and dedicated by the long serving (1890-1932) rector, Rev. Frederick Hart in 1921. In those days it was surrounded by an open aspect but by 1956 an extension to Wolsey's factory that stood on the opposite side of Factory Lane had been built to house hosiery machines, a dying plant and the dispatch department. Production continued through the sixties until cheap foreign imports took their toll eventually causing Wolsey's to close and the factories to be demolished. The site is now occupied by Sainsbury's supermarket. Despite an attempt to re-site the memorial it still stands where it was originally installed and the landscaped area around it has a number of notice boards and information panels supplementing the names on the monument of those who gave their lives in the service of the country.

One such panel (left) indicates that the monument was rededicated after the Second World War and is also in memory of those who served in more recent conflicts. Another panel (right) commemorates the 50th Anniversary of 617 Squadron's Dam Busters Operation and Rear Gunner Sgt. Richard Bolitho of James Street Kimberley, who was killed on 17th May 1943 when his aircraft crashed.
United Methodist Church

Nottingham RoadBroomhill RoadMoving away from the War Memorial along Nottingham Road (left) we reach an imposing building on the corner of Broomhill Road (right). Now converted into business premises, this is the former United Methodist Free Church, the third Methodist church (along with St Paul's on High Street and the Prims on Main Street) near the town centre. The United Church was built with local stone in 1890 and seated 700 worshippers.
The Stag Inn

Nottingham RoadStag Inn from Knowle HillIn those days Nottingham Road still went by the name of Main Street. Broomhill Road also had another name but was renamed in 1938. Prior to that it was known as Cemetery Road and although our route will take us to cemetery we will reach it via the gentle slope of Nottingham Road (left) and then up the steep Knowle Hill from where we get a good view of the Stag Inn (right and above).

The half timbered Stag Inn has its roots in the early eighteenth century when it was located in a row of four cottages. Deeds for the inn at the National Archives are dated 1753 and it is believed it was built some years before that. In the 1860s it was called The Reindeer and during its history it can claim to have been a farmhouse and a coaching inn with an attached blacksmith's.
Kimberley Cemetery

From opposite the Stag Inn, Knowle Hill rises steeply up by the Kimberley Cemetery and towards Swingate. It had become apparent by the middle of the nineteenth century that a suitable site for a new cemetery was needed and an offer of this site on The Knowle by Earl Cowper, the largest landowner in the area, was accepted with the first burial being carried on November 10th, 1883.
Mortuary Chapel

The mortuary chapel that, until the 1950s sported a bell turret, was designed by Richard Charles Sutton of Nottingham who also laid out the grounds.
Wildflower Conservation

Part of those grounds now on the top of the hill have been designated by Broxtowe Borough Council as a Wildflower Conservation area. The sign goes on to say that the grass areas are rich in uncommon wildflowers and that mowing schedules have been revised to give the flowers more time to seed.

View Over Kimberley

The views from this high point over Kimberley into both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire especially on a clear day, make the climb up Knowle Hill well worthwhile. I had originally intended to finish the walk through Kimberley here but as we are so close to Swingate, we may as well continue to a fifth part.
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