Stanton By Dale - Part 7 - School Lane
w/e 05 October 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.
Having reached the end of the village near the pond (see Part
6) we now return along School Lane where the yellow of some late
summer flowers adds a welcome splash of colour to the first properties
in the village on the left hand side.
That same yellow is also apparent on the right hand side of the
road in the form of a road safety notice fixed to a lighting
column advising about the dangers of driving too quickly. The
campaign is running under the umbrella title of "Better
Late Than Never".
That same lighting column, pictured here prior to the current
campaign, is of interest for another reason as it bears the name
of the manufacturer "Stanton and Staveley". Stanton
By Dale of course overlooks the plant where these reinforced
concrete columns are made and although they can now be seen world
wide, the village can claim to be the place where some of the
first columns to be made were erected.
At a break in the fence two signs, one for the Post Office (closed
in 2008) and another for the village shop proclaim the proximity
of these business premises but the building beyond bears little
resemblance to a modern shopping arcade.
The building is in fact, the old school dating from 1853.
These days it is used as a meeting place for the church and is
used as a mother and toddler centre. Schoolchildren now have
to travel out of the village for their educations.
In an earlier part of this series I promised that we would later
see the current Post Office (closed in 2008) and here
tucked away in a corner of the old playground, next to a garden
shed, is the building that doubles as the village shop. According
to my information, this is a converted Second World War air raid
shelter and although a far cry from the out of town shopping
centres of today, it's a valuable asset to the villagers.