Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 10 - Top of Derby Road
w/e 15 June 2003

The Miners Arms

We rejoin the Town Walk at Cluny Lace on Belper Street and a short walk of less than a couple of hundred yards brings us to Derby Road. The name of the pub on the corner "The Miners Arms" is a reminder of another of the industries that were prominent in the area for many a year - coal mining. Many a miner as well as workers in the lace factories must have crossed its threshold over the years.
The Three Horseshoes

On the other corner of Belper Street is another pub, "The Three Horseshoes". This too has been a popular venue for workers in the area including, between the late 1960s and early 1980s at any rate, those from the office block at 1, Derby Road next door. It was the custom in those days for the Manager or Chief Engineer to invite their employees into their office during the morning of Christmas Eve for a small glass of sherry and a mince pie to thank the staff for their efforts over the preceding year. At lunch time the staff enjoyed a buffet lunch and then adjourned to the Horseshoes for a little liquid refreshment. Since then the company that occupied the offices, East Midlands Electricity, introduced a "no alcohol" policy so the aforesaid festivities had to cease.
Toll Bar House

As you have probably guessed I was one of those employees and I had a desk in this building - next to the first window to the left of the central section on the third floor - for about fifteen years. The building was designed by a local architect, Harry Tatham-Sudbury, and was built for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Electric Power Company about 1927-30 although the top storey was not added until 1937. East Midlands Electricity moved out in 1986 and the premises were taken over by Erewash Borough Council who renamed the building Toll Bar House.
Information Board 
Outside Toll Bar House is one of a number of information plaques spread through the town. This one is titled White Lion Square but this is now something of a misnomer. White Lion Square was a short section of road with a traffic island at each end linking Derby Road, Stanton Road and South Street at the western end with Nottingham Road, Park Road and Market Street at the eastern. It was named after a pub that stood on the corner of Nottingham Road. Halfway along White Lion Square on the southern side stood the Traveller's Rest - you've guessed, another pub - alongside businesses like Taylor's Chemist, Bramley's Hardware, Aldred's Bakers, Greenaway's Grocers and the Premier Garage. All of these have now gone with many of the buildings being demolished to make way for the town's inner relief road.
The picture below is used with permission from Nick Tomlinson and The Project Team of the Picture The Past web site. Digital Image copyright © North East Midland Photographic Record. All rights reserved.

Ye Olde Toll Bar

Years ago this is the view that would have been seen from White Lion Square with Stanton Road to the left, Derby Road ahead and South Street to the right. The thatched building to the right of centre is believed to have been an yet another pub. In the 18th century pub it was called the "Rising Sun". I kid you not - you'd never go thirsty in this town! Although the picture is titled "Ye Olde Toll Bar" this is not strictly true as the toll bar that Toll Bar House is now named after was situated around South Street to the right.

White Lion Square

Without taking my life in my hands and standing in the middle of the road at what is one of Ilkeston's busiest road junctions, this is the closest I could get to see the same view as it appears today.

This picture on the right too, is used with permission from Nick Tomlinson and The Project Team of the Picture The Past web site.

Digital Image copyright © North East Midland Photographic Record. All rights reserved.

The picture shows the former toll bar cottage of the Nottingham and Ilkeston Turnpike Trust which was situated at the junction of South St (to the left) and White Lion Square. It was demolished by Ilkeston Corporation in June 1914. Contrary to popular belief, that's before my time and even I am not old enough to remember that!
 1825 Toll Board

I have however, seen the original Toll Board of 1825. It now hangs on a wall in the Erewash Museum.

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