Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 12 - A Detour To The Past
w/e 17 August 2003

 West Street

We leave South Street at this point for a short detour into the past, first of all heading along West Street.
The Last Smithy

A few steps in and this building comes into view. These days it hardly deserves a second glance but it is within living memory that horses were shod here as it housed the last working smithy in the town. Run by Mr. George Lloyd and his son, the smithy was also the place where the gates to St Mary's Church on the Market Place and St John's Church on Nottingham Road were made.
View To Albert Street

From the side of the smithy the other end of West Street and its junction with Albert Street comes into view. Directly opposite is another link with the past for it was here that the Rutland Foundry stood for many years and on the right the former premises of Price's painting and decorating business still advertises its services from the gable end. Don't try ringing the phone number though - that's long gone.
Queen Street Baptist

A right turn into Albert Street reveals two nursing homes standing on the Rutland Foundry site and another right turn takes us into Queen Street. Here the Baptist Church has stood since being built in 1858 to a design by W Booker of Nottingham and externally, it has changed little in all those years. If you compare this image with one from a similar position taken about 1901 on the "Picture The Past" site (search for ref DCER000003) you will notice that the wall is lower today, the gates and overhead lamp have gone but little else has changed.
Gladstone Street
 Yet another right turn takes us back down South Street to the end of West Street where we can cross the road to continue along Gladstone Street. Sandwiched between the refurbished properties on the corner and the newly built doctor's surgery, Gladstone House, and partly hidden by a tree is the remains of another old workshop that only ceased business in the early nineteen fifties.
Hidden Workshop
Wheelwright's Forge

This plus the chimney above is all that remains of a wheelwright's forge. Now within the grounds of Gladstone House, to the unsuspecting passer-by it would surely go unnoticed but thankfully it has been preserved as part of the town's heritage.

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