Long Eaton Town Walk

Part 06 - The Chatsworth Centre to West Park
w/e 07 October 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).


Wilne HouseThis sixth part of the Long Eaton Town Walk moves us on from the Chatsworth Centre and the Duchess Theatre along Salisbury Street, across Tamworth Road and into Broad Street to cross the Erewash Canal to West Park. Salisbury Street was built early in the twentieth century and is typical of many streets built around that time. Wilne House (left) for example, which now houses eight companies, bears the date stone 1908 and many of the houses in Salisbury Street pre-date it by a few years. Heading towards Tamworth Road the THI booklet mentions a number of houses on the right with "highly decorated tiled front porches" but since the booklet was printed some have disappeared and only two now remain.

Broad Street is directly across Tamworth Road from Salisbury Street and on the left hand corner is a building worthy of closer inspection - Long Eaton's library. Access from Tamworth Road is through the Art Nouveau style gates that were once matched with similar railings around the grounds until the Second World War.

The listed Grade II library itself was built in 1906 for the Long Eaton Urban District Council to a design by Gorman and Ross following a competition open to local architects only. Typical of many Carnegie libraries built at the same time the Arts and Crafts building has several interesting features. The philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in fact, expressed a willingness to provide £3,000 for the new library.

The large plate glass windows are not normally found in Arts and Crafts buildings of this period but show a number of classic features such as the ceramic tiles above the window and the small panes of glass at the foot of the window among others.

The blue and gold mosaic above the entrance depicts an angel with an open book in one hand and a torch in the other and it is flanked by two gold mosaic panels with the Latin words PAX (peace) and LUX (light) another classic example of the Art Nouveau movement.
Stained Glass

Inside the library it was not until 1924 that borrowers were able to browse the books. Originally they had to request them from the counter but today they can not only peruse the books but also have access to CDs (on request), DVDs, local studies and free internet access. They can also admire the wonderful stained glass window by Andrew Stoddart of Nottingham with panels depicting Music, Painting, Literature and Poetry and bearing the words "read not to contradict and refute but to weigh and consider".
Sensory Garden

Leaving the library by the Broad Street gate you pass a sensory garden which was installed in 2002 which is a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by - or maybe read a book!
Spiritualist Church

At the other end of Broad Street to the library one of the last buildings before a ramp leads up to the footbridge over the Erewash Canal is a wooden building that houses the Long Eaton Spiritualist Church. Spiritualist churches are found all over the world, a spiritualist church being one affiliated with a movement that started in the USA during the 1840s.
Long Eaton Lock

Looking in a northerly direction from the footbridge is Long Eaton Lock about 100 yards away. This is the first lock on the canal following its junction with the River Treat at Trent Lock about a mile and a half to the south.
West Park

Also from the footbridge before descending another ramp to access West Park, there is this general view over the park. The park covers a much larger area than can be seen from here and it is here we will pick up the walk in Part 07 but for a more detailed look at the park and the Tree Trail within it, refer to the West Park Index.
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