Long Eaton Town Walk

Part 10 - Leopold Street to Lawrence Street
w/e 10 February 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).

As we begin this tenth part of the Town Walk around Long Eaton's centre, we are within touching distance of the start and end point at the Town Hall but our route this time takes us away from there along the Erewash Canal.

Canal Bridge

We pick up the route at the end of Leopold Street and turn right over the canal bridge on Derby Road.
Bridge Mills

Across Derby Road from Leopold Street is Bridge Mills which was the last steam powered lace factory to be built in Long Eaton.

The bridge over the canal has stood here since 1779 when the canal was first constructed but has been rebuilt twice since then with the cast iron parapets dating from 1910.
Erewash Canal North

The CTT leaflet says that "a beautiful walk follows the canal in both directions" and this is the view from the bridge looking to the north. Today this is part of the western side of the 30 mile Erewash Valley Trail.

Erewash Canal South

To the south the canal continues to the River Trent and the southernmost point of the Erewash Valley Trail at Trent Lock. Long Eaton Lock that we passed on our way into West Park in Part 06, the first lock on the canal after Trent Lock about a mile and a half away, is just visible from the canal bridge and our route from here takes us along the towpath towards the lock.
Coal Wharf

Access to the towpath is by means of a steep flight of steps from Derby Road and opposite is an overgrown area of land that once served as the Coal Wharf where the mineral would have been unloaded to power the steam powered lace factories. Maps from around 1900 show the wharf and electricity did not arrive in the area until 1903. We shall see the generating station site in the next part of the walk.
Co-op Bakery

A little way along the towpath is the remaining section of the Long Eaton Co-operative Society's machine bakery which dates from 1907.

A note in the THI leaflet says of the bakery "The very poor condition of the chimney was remedied with the help of a THI grant to rebuild the head and re-point the shaft ...." but in all honesty, some of the brickwork still looks in poor condition. Looking back from here though towards the canal bridge also presents a good view of another chimney, that of the 33m high structure dating from 1902 at Bridge Mills that has a cast iron head.
West End Mill

Continuing along the towpath, the view opposite is of the rear of West End Mill which fronts onto Leopold Street and it shows the canted cornered staircase turrets to good effect.

The THI leaflet now refers to two gateways on the left of the towpath although there are gates at neither. The first is a passage to Regent Street and the second which we will follow in the next part leads to Lawrence Street where on the corner of Milner Road is the aforementioned electricity generating station site.
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