Morley - Part 04 - Morley Hayes
w/e 02 November 2014
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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I have been trying to discover the origin of the term "Hayes" but with little success. A number of locations in the east of the Parish of Morley bear the name as we shall see in this part of the Village Trail but the leaflet for Morley describing the village concentrates mainly on the western side with scarcely a mention of the east. All of the images in this part have been captured at various times during the last six years (since 2008) but are appearing here for the first time. The first half of this part will take us to the point where we ended Part 02 to cross the field to Morley Smithy but the second half will continue from there to Morley Hayes Golf Club.

Church Lane

We begin however back on Church Lane and this image from September 2011 is from near to where the long distance path between Ilkeston and Ashbourne called the Centenary Way meets another long distance path, the Midshires Way, from the right. Both routes continue together along Church Lane toward St Matthew's Church. In 2011 I had enjoyed a solo walk along the Centenary Way from Stanley Village in wonderful autumn sunshine but this year with the Erewash Ramblers I had approached this point from the left on an Autumn Footprints walk.
Typical Countryside

The latter walk followed the Centenary Way in the opposite direction to my solo excursion passing through the undulating countryside between Morley and Stanley of which the above image is typical. The Village Trail leaflet does say that Morley is "surrounded by farms with a mixture of arable and pasture land" adding that "Even today it still draws most of its livelihood from farming."


The Centenary Way leads to one of those farms or perhaps it is more correct to say, two of them. The Ordnance Survey map for the area displays two names for this complex of farm buildings. On the left is Park Farm and to the right Hayes Park Farm. Both the above images were taken in September 2014.

These three images too all come from this year's Autumn Footprints walk and show the farmland we walked through after passing Hayes Park Farm.Arable LandPasture Land We followed the Centenary Way as far as Little Wood and then, instead of carrying on to another farm with the name of Hayeswood, we almost doubled back on ourselves to walk across some more of that arable and pasture land to head for St Matthew's Church, the spire of which is visible on the horizon in the large image above. The path across the ploughed field can also be made out in the image above as it heads towards the gap in the distant trees.
The Gripps

That gap in the trees enabled us to drop down into and cross the narrow wooded valley that is called The Gripps. This valley takes water from the Brick Kiln Ponds that we encountered at Morley Smithy in Part 03 and various other deep dykes and ditches on Morley Moor.

After crossing The Gripps, the path continues across the farmland to eventually reach the corner of St Matthew's churchyard and a right turn soon leads to the point where we had the choice to cross the field to Morley Smithy or carry straight on alng the farm track towards Morley Hayes Golf Club. This image from September 2009 was captured on a Heritage Walk when we followed the route to the Golf Club the first objective being the brick tower straight ahead.
Cat & Fiddle Mill

Although still heading for the tower our guide on that occasion pointed out over The Gripps and Stanley Village to the east, the Cat and Fiddle windmill at Dale. This view once again highlights the patchwork of arable and pasture landscape.
Victorian Water Tower

Probably just as prominent from Dale as the windmill is from Morley, is the Victorian Water Tower that stands in isolation on a high point here. The tower was built in 1890 to provide piped water to Morley Manor (not to be confused with Morley Hall near the church) although it also supplied Hayes Farm and Smithy Farm. There is evidence in The Gripps of an old bore hole pump where the foundations can be seen and local residents believe it was an old fashioned wind pump. Water was pumped up to the tower to supply the Manor and farms. This image is from yet another walk in the area in September 2008 and when we walked this route this year the tower looked pretty much the same but the views were not half as good in the fine drizzle that was falling at the time.

From the tower the path leads across through the stubble to the edge of the Morley Hayes Golf Course, the buildings of which are visible beyond the hedgeline. In September 2009 the path was uneven across the hard ground but I have known this path to be through a muddy ploughed field at other times.
Golf Course

Path Across Golf CourseGolf Course Access RoadThat fine drizzle was still in the air when we reached the course this year (above) where a warning notice advises walkers to keep to the footpath which is identified across the course by a line of yellow-topped posts (left) as seen here in 2009 in much brighter conditions. The path leads directly across the course to the entrance road to the club also seen here (right) in 2009.
Morleyhayes Wood

Part 05 of this Village Trail will begin at the entrance to the Golf Club but in 2009 an Autumn Footprints walk in September actually began on the car park of the club. The first thing we did was to ascend a small mound overlooking one of the greens where we, as a group, were given some interesting facts which I'll summarise before continuing our exploration of the parish.

So far I have referred to the Golf Club but the complex is also a Hotel, Restaurant, Conference Centre and Wedding Venue, the original Hayes Farm being built about the same time in the 1890s as the Manor House, also being part of the Morley Manor Estate. The original farmhouse was demolished in the 1980s as part of the development of the complex but back in the 1940s the land had been outcropped for coal. Between the two, it had returned to farming and had been home to a herd of pedigree Friesians but an ever constant was the wood seen in the distance. This is Morleyhayes Wood and is where Sir Hugh Alleyne Sacheverell Bateman suffered the riding accident that led to his subsequent death and interment in the mausoleum at St Matthew's Church.
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