Stanton By Dale - Part 3 - Stanhope Street & Dale Road
w/e 08 June 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.
Red Post Box

As far as I know there is nothing remarkable about this view of Stanhope Street and the bright red of the post box is possibly what attracts the eye most.
Victorian Pump

But just a few paces from the post box stands this cast iron pump. It carries the inscription "Erected in loyal commemoration of the beneficent reign of Queen Victoria, June 22nd 1897. The gift of the women of Stanton". Marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it was made at the Coalbrookdale Foundry, Ironbridge, Shropshire. Methinks this probably caused some consternation to the men of Stanton - at least those working at the nearby Stanton Ironworks!
The Stanhope Arms 

There are two pubs in the village and this one, The Stanhope Arms, takes its name from the Earl Stanhope of Chevening, Kent. The Earl was a local landowner and in earlier times, the "lay bishop" of Dale Abbey. When the last Earl died the title became extinct. The Prince of Wales declined the offer of Chevening House in Kent which is now used by the Foreign Secretary and the estate is managed by the Chevening Trust.
Village Cross

Behind the village cross, a sealed letter box with the insignia "GR" that was in use until 1990 can be seen in the wall of the cottage next door to the Stanhope Arms. The octagonal shaft of the cross and parts of the church are all that remain in the village from mediaeval times. The fleur-de-lys at the head the cross dates from 1632.
First Post Office

We are now moving off Stanhope Street into the mouth of Dale Road but a look back reveals not only the Village Hall but also No 4 Stanhope Street directly opposite the Village Cross. This was the village's first Post Office and the white painted letter box is still prominent in the wall. We shall see the current Post Office (at the time of writing - it was closed in 2008) later in the series.
Weslyan Chapel

We now move around the corner and into Dale Road proper where the Wesleyan Chapel of 1860 overlooks an interesting variation on a bird table in the shape of a dovecote. Doves would have to be pretty small though to get in there.

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