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.
Mason's Mark

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.
The Old Smithy 

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.
Manor House

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.
Stanhope Street

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.
The Village Hall

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 house.

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