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 Street.
Off Main Street

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 road.
Hall Farm

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.
Road Junction

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.
Stanton Lake

 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.
Autumn Fruits

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.

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