Stanton By Dale - Part 6 - Main Street & School Lane
w/e 07 September 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.
We resume our wanderings around the village in Main Street but
a glance down Stanhope Street shows not only the welcome mat
out (inset) but also a couple of old iron bootscrapers. Another
bootscraper of a more ornate design can also be seen at 29 Main
Motorists speeding through the village would surely miss details
like bootscrapers and many would also miss pleasant and picturesque
views like this between the cottages that front on to the main
On the opposite side of the road, buildings of the eighteenth
century Hall Farm, like those of Manor Farm in Dale Road, have
been converted to provide residential accommodation.
The road now swings to the right and becomes School Lane. We
shall return to this point to explore Quarry Road on the left
later but first we'll follow School Lane to the end of the village.
And at the end of the village in a hollow under the boughs
of a horse chestnut tree is a pond that I once saw referred to
on an old map as Stanton Lake. Hardly big enough to be a lake
but the inset taken from a similar position almost 3 years ago
(November 2000) following heavy rains shows the water level as
high as as I ever seen it and extending into the field beyond
the surrounding fence.
The horse chestnut tree was laden with conkers and nearby a bountiful
harvest of damsons was overflowing from someone's garden into
the hedgerow - sure signs of the changing season.