Long Eaton Town Walk

Part 09 - Hamilton Road to Leopold Street
w/e 13 January 2019
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).

In this ninth part of the walk, we start and finish on Derby Road but look at Hamilton Road on the north side before crossing to investigate some of Long Eaton's industrial history on the south side of Derby Road on the streets named Stanhope and Leopold.

Hamilton Road

Hamilton Road is typical of many other residential streets in this area but has the distinction of having its own war memorial as a tribute to the seventeen men from the street who were killed in World War One. It's about half way down the street on the right hand side.
Board School

Returning to Derby Road, our route will take us down Stanhope Street and back up Leopold Street but straddling the two on Derby Road is the former Board School. Now known as Parkside Mews and having been converted into residential apartments, the building was designed and built in 1885 by local builder Goulding Fullalove.
Stanhope Street

Stanhope Street is a mix of residential properties at the Derby Road end but on the left at the far end is the lace factory of 1907 called Stanhope Mills (top left). Opposite (bottom left) is a lace machine shop and factory dating from 1886. Although the usage of many of the mills in this industrial part of Long Eaton may have changed over the years the number of modern day vehicles parked all around testify that many people still earn a living in these old buildings. A right angled turn in Stanhope Street leads past the end of Stanhope Mills and allows a first glimpse ahead of West End Mill (above right) on Leopold Street.
West End Mills

From Leopold Street the entire length of West End Mill (built in 1882) can be seen stretching back towards Derby Road. Designed by Nottingham architect John W. Keating, West End Mill was the first tenement lace factory to be built in Long Eaton west of the Erewash Canal.
Whiteley's Mill

A year later, 1883 saw Whiteley's Mill being built adjacent to West End Mill. Here the architect was William H. Radford, also of Nottingham. It is a surprise to many people to discover that much of the lace that became world famous as Nottingham Lace, was actually produced in Long Eaton in the early days of lace manufacture in factories such as these.
Decorative Features

Radford's design contrasted greatly with the plain features of West End Mill and has decorative features such as stone dressings, polychrome brickwork, terracotta embellishments and street elevation gables that are not normally associated with tenement lace factories.
Harrington Mill

The 1880s was a good decade for the building of lace mills for it was in 1888 that Harrington Mill, the longest of the tenement lace factories in Long Eaton at over 1200 ft was built opposite Whiteley's Mill. This building is noted for having over 250 large windows and has been likened to Hardwick Hall of which it has been said that it is "more glass than wall". It has also been said of Harrington Mill that the series of staircase turrets at intervals along its length resemble the defensive towers of a mediaeval walled town.
Boiler Room

Lace manufacturing in Long Eaton ceased in 2001 when a company in New Tythe Street closed but Harrington Mill is still a hive of industry today being used by several different businesses. Upholstery replaced lace making as a major industry in the town. The former boiler room is now home to a shopfitting business.

The chimney that tops the boiler room is a Listed Building and is one of a very small number in the country to have a cast iron top. The THI booklet describes the chimney as "magnificent" and when standing beneath it and looking up, it is hard to disagree with that.
Former Swimming Pool

Returning now to Derby Road we reach the former swimming pool building just shy of the school. This was built in 1900 for use by all of the town's Board Schools and has been the recipient of a THI grant.

Window Detail

The grant was part of a wider project to turn the building into residential apartments but helped with the restoration of the original windows, work on the roof and masonry repairs.
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