Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 01 - The Erewash Museum
w/e 08 September 2002

Eight Into One

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.
Dalby House

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.
Pleasant Grounds

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.
Main Entrance

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 building.
Walled Garden

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.

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