Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 05 - Around Park Cemetery
w/e 12 January 2003

Another page where the pictures were taken at various times throughout the year which accounts for why some have leaves on the trees and others don't.

Park Cemetery Chapel

Leaving 'Illy 'Olies we cross the road to the Park Cemetery. Although the first burial took place here in the 1892, the cemetery's chapel was not built until 1910.
Memorial & Parkhurst

Standing just inside the cemetery gates is a memorial inscribed thus: "This cross of sacrifice is one in design and intention with those which have been set up in France and Belgium and other places in the world where our dead of the Great War are laid to rest." The building standing directly across the road ('Illy 'Olies is to the right) is now Brooklands Nursing Home but for many years it was the town's maternity home and called Parkhurst. This is where both myself and my wife along with many other Ilkestonians began that great adventure we know as "life".
Still Hilly

The cemetery is situated on an area of land that once formed a large park down to the River Erewash. 'Illy 'Olies (Chaucer Old Park) is the remains of that park but the hills and holes caused by mineral extraction from which the name is derived could possibly be the reason for the undulating landscape within the cemetery too. Originally the cemetery had plots for "first, second and third class" citizens. Wildlife has no such distinctions and grey squirrels can often be seen scampering between the headstones. There are also many bird boxes attached to the trees in the cemetery.
Standing On The Corner

Leaving the cemetery and standing on the corner with the ex-maternity home on the left and the cemetery gates to the right, many people will be familiar with this view towards 'Illy 'Olies looking particularly attractive here in this photo taken after a snowfall during the winter of 2002.

Standing on that same corner far fewer people would be aware of the cast iron fingerpost sign immediately behind them. Made locally at what was the Stanton Ironworks, the sign bears a crest with words "Borough of Ilkeston". Pictured here in contrasting seasons, this composite shows it is dwarfed by trees and an adjacent lighting column so that the unwary would pass by without giving it a second glance. I believe, as it is part of our heritage that it deserves one, hence the two images.
Park Avenue

Our route now takes us away from the cemetery along the tree lined Park Avenue. Taken from near to its junction with Park Road and Park Drive is this picture in dull, damp and cold weather. Nevertheless it presents a good view of the chapel before leaf growth on the trees obscures it until the autumn.

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