Long Eaton Town Walk

Part 05 - Station Street to The Chatsworth Centre
w/e 09 September 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Information for this series has been sourced from various places including the"Long Eaton Centenary Town Trail" leaflet (CTT) and the"Long Eaton Townscape Heritage Initiative" booklet (THI).

Main StreetStation StreetThe previous part of the Town Walk concluded where High Street changed to Main Street at the crossroads with West Gate and Station Street. In this part we'll continue to the other end of West Gate but in a circuitous route that first of all involves a short walk along Station Street (left) to the railway bridge before returning to the crossroads and turning left into Main Street (right).

Baptist Church

The reason for the detour into Station Street is to mount the footbridge over the railway for this view of the Baptist Church and adjacent schoolrooms to the right. The church was founded in the upper rooms of a carpenter's shop on High Street in 1861 and moved to this site three years later when the first church was built. The current church was built on adjacent land in 1880 with the school building opening in 1908.

The foundation stones and the stonework above the door of the school buildings all show the date 1907, the year before it actually opened. The leaded windows were restored with the help of a THI grant which was in operation between 2009 and 2013 and are probably much appreciated by the community groups that use the Hall.
Bank Street

Returning to the crossroads and turning left we walked past Bank Street , the narrow street where the yellow car was parked, for this view of the building on the corner. The buildings on both corners actually received grants under the THI scheme for help with repairs to the intricate brickwork. In today's environment with a different emphasis on building requirements, it is rare to see such attention to detail in the appearance on new buildings.
Chimney Stack

Chimney stacks such as this, typical of the work of John Sheldon who probably designed these buildings on the corners of Bank Street, would also be a rarity today and are thus well worth preserving.
Orchard's "Old"  Factory

The route now continues along Bank Street into the car park of a DIY superstore, now closed. At the far side of the car park which was once the site of a five storey lace factory built by Joseph Orchard in 1881 is Orchard's "Old" two storey factory. Again a recipient of a THI grant the building has had work done to roof, windows and brickwork.
Chapel Street

I said this would be a circuitous route and although the intention was to walk through the car park to Chapel Street, a temporary fence at the far side prohibited this and that meant returning down Bank Street, turning right into Main Street and right again into Chapel Street to pick up the intended route opposite some of the surviving buildings of the first gas works. These were built in 1852 by a lace manufacturer, William Bush.
Tin Tabernacle

Tin tabernacles were set up in the mid nineteenth century as ecclesiastical building made of corrugated iron. Some of the inexpensive to construct prefabricated buildings still survive as places of worship but this one on Chapel Street in Long Eaton that is passed on the way to Gibb Street is now part of an engineering company's premises.
Gibb Street

Turning right at the end of Chapel Street leads into Gibb Street and at its junction with West Gate the building on the opposite corner is number 18 Gibb Street. Formerly this was a printer's workshop and its appearance has been preserved in part thanks to another THI grant that helped fund roof and chimney repairs.
Bourne Chapel

A left turn here along West Gate and across a small car park brings the Bourne Chapel of 1873 into view on Orchard Street. Originally the chapel had two spires but these were removed in the 1960s.
Chatsworth Art Centre

The chapel fell into disrepair but was purchased by a group of local theatre enthusiasts in 1985 and with the schoolhall converted into a theatre. In 2003 however a fire tore through the building but like a phoenix from the ashes the Chatsworth Art Centre and Duchess Theatre rose. Today it is a thriving enterprise and hosts a wide variety of events.
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