Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 08 - Union Road & Belper
w/e 27 April 2003
Picking up our wanderings around the town on Union Road, a look
back to where we left off in the previous Stage reveals an interesting
variety of buildings. Terraced houses on the right look across
to semi-detached properties with small front gardens or yards
on the left and a newer detached dwelling on the corner of Belper
And yet another dimension to the variety of buildings is visible
about half way along Belper Street with the addition of three
storey factories .
The factories were once engaged in the same business but the
one on the left hand side of the street now houses the offices
of Charnos. Once an employer of many Ilkestonians at their Hallam
Fields site, the hosiery, lingerie and knitwear manufacturer
now has a much smaller presence in the town and the Hallam Fields
site now stands empty.
Most people passing along Belper Street would hardly give the
factory on the right a second glance but I had the cheek to ask
if I could have a look round to take some photos for this site
and the management were very obliging. The photo above and the
two below therefore, provide a little quiz for you with three
clues. The first clue shows an import from Egypt.
In this one, the metal object is just one of thousands that are
used in the manufacturing process.
And the final clue is a name plate that states "John Jardine,
Maker, Nottingham". So there we have it. As Loyd Grosman
might have said on the "Through The Keyhole" TV programme,
"An Egyptian import, thousands of metal objects and John
Jardine. What do you think the end product could be?"
You'll find the answer in the Stage 9 of the Town Walk.