Sandiacre - Part 02 - The Golden Mile
w/e 6 November 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

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Part 2 of our walk around Sandiacre takes us along Station Road towards Stapleford.

Station Road

Car ParkIt is Station Road that was once known as The Golden Mile and looking at the upper storeys of the buildings above the modern shop fronts it is quite easy to envisage a late Victorian or Edwardian scene which is when the area developed as a shopping centre. Compare this picture above with a similar one on the Picture The Past website taken about 1920 (search for image ref. DCER000031) and there are few obvious differences on the northern side of the road. The southern side of the road though has lost some of its gilding and this small picture right taken a similar position to the one above shows only a car park in front of the warehouse type buildings that are so reminiscent of many of today's out of town retail outlets.
Bradley Street

It was this southern side of Station Road in days gone by that was the home of some of Sandiacre's engineering companies. I remember from early in my own working life being able to drive down Bradley Street to the Sandiacre Screw Company. Taylor Brothers is another name I recollect and gas engine manufacturers Premier Crossley were also sited in this area. Now the road is gated and although some of the old buildings remain, much of the site is occupied by Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd.
Railway Station

The company undertakes both the renewal and upgrading of existing track and the construction of new systems and it is perfectly sited alongside the Erewash Valley line which opened in 1847. The railway bridge over the line marks the eastern extent of our walk along Station Road as by crossing it we are entering Stapleford. Our route from here is back into Sandiacre but before we return a glance from the bridge, again to the south, shows the site of the former Stapleford and Sandiacre Railway Station. Another search at Picture The Past for image DCHQ500001 will show a view of the bridge from the platform taken in the middle of the last century.
Wagon Sheds

Crossing the road and looking from the northern side of the bridge, we can see further evidence of the influence the railway had on local industry. Here were wagon making sheds that have now found a new lease of life as part of an organisation providing spare parts for Vauxhall cars. Before we leave the railway, here's a bit of trivia. In 1932 - a prominent year in Sandiacre's history as we shall see later - a day trip to London was organised at a return fare of 7s 0d, that's just 35p by today's standards. You'd probably need that to buy a platform ticket now!

The old wagon sheds are sandwiched between the railway lines and this unusual water course which flows at different levels through these channels and beneath Station Road. This is the River Erewash which at one time, before being channelled and straightened, meandered through the valley forming not only the boundary between Sandiacre and Stapleford but also between the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Station Rd & Regent St

Our route now is back along Station Road (above left) before turning right into Regent Street (above right).

River Erewash

From a footbridge over the Erewash at the bottom of Regent Street we can look back towards Station Road along the straightened portion of the river and see the start of the channelling. The channels were constructed after major flooding occurred in the area in the prominent year in Sandiacre's history that I mentioned earlier - 1932. Flooding had also occurred in 1890 but the 1932 floods left the whole area between the canal bridge near where we started our walk and the railway under several inches of water. To see photos of these floods we can once again turn to Picture The Past and this time search for images with these references: DCHQ001146, DCHQ001148 and DCER000036.

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