Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 01 - The Erewash Museum
w/e 08 September 2002
The walk starts at the gates of the Erewash Museum close to the
centre of town. For the picture above I have combined no less
than eight digital images from various events held at the museum
during 2001 and 2002.
The building that houses the museum stands at the top of High
Street which is off East Street. Previously it has been known
by the names Dalby House - John Dalby lived in the house from
1806 to about 1810 - and St George's House. It was originally
part of the Duke Of Rutland's holdings.
Standing in pleasant grounds, the house dates back to the 1760s
and probably had an earlier foundation. It was extended during
the Victorian era and has been home to several distinguished
families throughout its history. After Dalby's departure, the
house was rented to various families but was occupied from the
1880s by the Maltby family.
After the Second World War, the house was acquired by Michael
House School in 1946 to be used as a hostel for boarding pupils.
This is now the main entrance to the museum at the side of the
The walled garden that now features a sundial in the centre of
the lawn has survived the years even though Ilkeston's inner
relief road, Chalons Way, is in close proximity.
(During the summer months, a maze is sometimes cut into the
lawn. See "Bank Holiday Fun")
Passing through the museum (right), a door leads to a small courtyard
and the Hayloft (left) which is available for public hire and
is ideal for talks and small functions. The vista through the
passage between the buildings is across the Erewash Valley towards
Awsworth and Cossall.