Stanton By Dale - Part 2 - Into Stanhope Street
w/e 11 May 2003
For the information about
Stanton By Dale I am indebted to my wife Sandra who conducted
much of the research, the staff at Ilkeston Library for help
with archived material and the Erewash Groundwork Trust who provided
an excellent leaflet packed with information.
As we pass through the gate of the drive leading from St Michael's
Church, it is worth taking note of the brickwork on the northern
wall of the property that fronts onto Stanhope Street. The sandstone
ground floor walls with the half-bricked mullion window are indicative
of a 17th century building.
At least 16 of the sandstone blocks on the ground floor have
triangular masons' marks and there is a strong probability that
the stones came from the nearby ruins of Dale Abbey.
At first glance there appears nothing remarkable about this dwelling
a little further up Stanhope Street but until 1987, this was
the village forge. The wheelwright's hearth now makes an interesting
feature in the front garden and has been listed for conservation.
On the opposite side of the street, this building, the Manor
House, in the hey day of Stanton Ironworks, was used as a private
guest house for visiting senior executives.
Adjacent to the Manor House is a row of dwellings that were probably
the first workers' cottages to be built in the village by Earl
Stanhope. The centre house is dated 1790. Many of the properties
in the village were let and maintained by the Stanton Estate
and only workers at the ironworks were allowed to occupy them.
The buildings were all painted "Stanton Green" and
although not predominant, the colour can still be seen throughout
Stanton By Dale today.
A little further up Stanhope Street is the Village Hall. Originally
built in 1789 as an Odd Fellows Hall it acquired its current
status when the Village Institute was sold to become a private