Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 13 - Market Street
w/e 14 September 2003

End Of The Road

We have now moved to the intersection of Gladstone Street and Market Street where a glance to the right reveals that approximately one third of Market Street no longer exists. Residential dwellings, shops, schools and a garage were all flattened prior to the construction of the inner relief road. All the properties on the lower end of Market Street, the whole of Extension Street (which was were the blue vehicle in this image is now visible) and the remainder of Gladstone Street all disappeared.

This panorama looking in the opposite direction shows Market Street on the left and Chalons Way on the right. Hallcroft and Gladstone Schools which later combined to become Cantelupe stood on the extreme right of this picture (see An Ilkeston Education).

Anchor Inn

Properties on Derby Street too were also demolished to accommodate the inner relief road but the Anchor Inn which fronts onto Market Street was not affected. Despite the anchor hanging over the door, there are no seafaring connections. The name was derived from a proprietor called Anchor Carrier. The lintel over the central window bears the date 1859 which was when the inn was built. At that time it overlooked the old town cricket ground.
Hallcroft Road 

On the other side of the Anchor Inn is Hallcroft Road. This used to be one of the main access routes for pupils to the former Hallcroft Schools. Although it retains the name it now only leads to the footbridge over Chalons Way. The footbridge is also visible in the panorama above and it was from there that the background image used on Ilkeston Cam was taken.
Weaver Row 

Opposite the Anchor Inn is a footpath through to South Street. Called Weaver Row, it is a reminder of the 17th and 18th centuries when weavers' cottages stood on this site.
 Rutland Mills

 At the top end of Market Street is an old factory building that has recently been cleaned and renovated. Now used by a number of different organisations, it was originally constructed about 1881 for C and F Sudbury as a hosiery and glove works. In more recent times it was known as Rutland Garments but since its renovation it has been renamed Rutland Mills.
Cricket Terrace

Opposite the factory on the corner of Coronation Street is a two storey building constructed about 1895 as a warehouse also for the Sudburys. In the diamond shape between the two terraced properties in Coronation Street, close inspection reveals the words "Cricket Terrace" although some of the letters have been worn away by the weather. This again is another reminder of their proximity to the town's old cricket ground. An Erewash Groundwork Trust leaflet reveals that two cricket matches were played on the ground in the 1850s between a local team and an All England XI and that a commemorative picture hangs in London at the home of cricket, the Lords Cricket Ground.

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