Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 27 - Heanor Road & Charlotte Street
w/e 31 October 2004
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Busy Road

From the end of Boweswell Road (Stage 26) we should cross Heanor Road and follow a footpath behind Granby Junior School to Charlotte Street but as can be seen in the two images above, Heanor Road is one of the main thoroughfares into Ilkeston and can at times be very busy.
Heanor Road

A much safer option therefore, is to continue up Heanor Road as far as, and perhaps even beyond, the school to use one of three pedestrian crossings near the entrance seen here on the right, to the Shipley View Estate. Following England's first Education Act of 1870, elected School Boards were set up as a step towards providing free education for children. One of the first Board Schools in Ilkeston was here at Granby School. The school was built for the Board by Frederick Shaw in 1882, opening on 8 January 1883.
Rutland Manor Nursing Home

Following this option we also pass in front of the building that for many years housed Ilkeston's hospital. The hospital was built in 1893-4 on land donated by Edward Miller Mundy, of Shipley Hall and served the community for nearly 100 years before being replaced by a new hospital further up Heanor Road in 1988. The original hospital building was officially opened by Lord Belper on February 28th 1894 and today is still serving the community as the Rutland Manor Nursing Home.
 Ebenezer Methodist

Church HallGranby SchoolOpposite the home is the Ebenezer Methodist Church with the Church Hall standing alongside (small picture left). I chose to cross Heanor Road at the third pedestrian crossing and then returned in front of the church to Charlotte Street (right) where I turned left to walk down by the side of Granby School picking up the published route again at the other end of the footpath seen in the first picture on this page.
Charlotte Street

The post on the right of this image marks the end of the footpath and the road entrance beyond used to lead to Selby's Nurseries. The nurseries have now gone and have been replaced by a small residential development.
Elim Centre

The name of the development, Haddon Nurseries, recalls the former use of the land whilst just below and opposite, the impressive three storey building and former clothing factory has also found a new lease of life as the Elim Christian Centre. It was built in 1897 as a warehouse for Joseph Hickman, a smallwear dealer.

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