Dale Abbey - Part 8 - Around and About
w/e 04 September 2005*
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Page revised 01 February 06

The route of our walk at Dale Abbey started at the Cat and Fiddle Windmill and once we had entered the village proper proceeded in a clockwise direction along Moor Lane, Woodpecker Hill, through Hermit's Wood and into The Village. This final part of the series returns to a point about half way round the original route and once again proceeds in a clockwise direction to see six more locations that are a little further away from the centre of the village.


In order, the locations we will visit in this final part are marked and numbered on this map:

1 - Parsons Piece Field

2 - Potato Pit Lane and Boyah Grange

3 - Dale Abbey Malt House

4 - The Flourish

5 - Baldock Mill

6 - Furnace Pond
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Parsons Piece Field

We begin at the point on our original route where we left Woodpecker Hill to cross the field into Hermit's Wood and here, by balancing precariously on top of the style into the field, I was able to turn and look along the lane towards Stanton By Dale. Furnace Pond which will be the last location in the series (near the bottom of this page) is about half a mile along this lane and down a track on the left but we'll start by continuing up Woodpecker Hill to the right. First though, the reason for me perching on the style was to look into the field opposite. This is known as Parsons Piece Field and in the past, the Parson would have been paid a tythe for the use of it.
Boyah Grange Farm

Potato Pit LaneJust beyond the brow of the hill is the location of Potato Pit Lane which was also known as "Tater 'Ole". This was because there was a small cavern with a wooden door used for the storage of potatoes. A profusion of summer growth inhibited locating the exact position of Potato Pit Lane but I believe it was in the vicinity of the hedgerow (left) seen here from the road. Crossing the field via a footpath from the brow leads to Boyah Grange. Nearby is Boyah Grange Farm which stands on the site of a former Grange of Dale Abbey and the eighteenth century farmhouse is within a mediaeval moated enclosure. It is thought that the site of the former hamlet of Boyah, first recorded in 1160, is in a field to the immediate north of the farm.

A farm track leads in a short distance to a footpath that continues in the direction of Ockbrook. The track turns to the right where a gate bars the way. This panoramic view just does not do justice to the view from here.

Malt House

Although there is a prominent sign in the centre of the Village containing information about the Dale Abbey Malt House including information about a covered well (see right), it should be noted that the location of the Malt House is actually on private property. At the request of the owner of the land I have removed the original image that appeared here of a few bricks of the building visible through the bushes as it appeared I had strayed from the public right of way to capture it. It should be noted that the building dating from the eighteenth century is unstable and that public access is NOT permitted. Cattle and often young bulls are grazed on the adjoining land and shooting parties often operate in the area.
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The Flourish

Our next location in our clockwise tour is on the main Ilkeston to Derby road and is The Flourish so called because the site "flourished" when coach drivers called in on the old coaching road for food and a drink. Before the Second World War, Flourish Farm (inset) which now operates as an antiques business was an inn called The Stanhope Arms.
Baldock Mill

Moving on to our penultimate location we must head back towards Ilkeston and turn down Cat and Fiddle Lane by the side of the windmill where we began this series. Baldock Mill SignNear the edge of the parish is the site of Baldock Mill, evidenced by this sign (left) on the wall. Many people passing by, think that the mill is the building shown here on the right but this has been converted from Baldock Mill Cottages. Baldock Mill CottagesThe site of the mill is actually at the rear of the cottages and with the kind permission of the owner I was able to capture the image above. The mill itself stood on the grassy area, the mill race can still be seen by the fence and the mill pond was up the bank to the right. The original mill was built in the late twelfth century by canons of Tupholme whilst in residence at Dale Abbey and after the dissolution, it was sold and became known as Baldock Mill in 1555. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was altered and modernised but it had fulfilled its purpose by the twentieth and was demolished in 1930. Excavations on the site unearthed the original mill wheel which can now be seen nearby.
Furnace Pond

And so we reach our final location, Furnace Pond. Today with Ilkeston in the distance, this is a quiet and peaceful spot but it has not always been so. As the name suggests, the pond is the flooded remains of an old ironstone mine that supplied a small furnace on the site of Bassett Farm. A footpath from here goes via the farm to reach the ford that we saw earlier in the series. The pond is also the scene of an act of bravery that occurred 100 years ago in 1905. A collier, John Padgett, saved three people from drowning in one rescue. In conclusion I would like to thank those who have helped and made this series possible, in particular the Erewash Groundwork Trust, the Ilkeston & District Local History Society, Rev. Ruth Allen and of course, all the people of Dale Abbey.

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