Stanton By Dale - Part 8 - Quarry Hill Road
w/e 09 November 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.
In the previous seven parts we have looked at most of the main
streets in the village and to conclude the series, our walk takes
us from the junction of Main Road and School Lane into Quarry
A couple of hundred yards down Quarry Hill, a grassy recess bounded
by a stone wall and guarded by two wooden stakes, is all that
remains of the old village pound for stray animals.
The pound overlooks one of the old stone quarries from which
the road derives its name and which provided walling and building
material used in the village. Stone from here was also used in
the locks on the former Nutbrook Canal.
We are now almost at the end of the village and right next to
the village pound is the Erewash Valley Golf Club. Despite the
"Private Property" sign, a footpath leads across the
course, under the motorway and on into Sandiacre.
On the opposite side of the road stand three pairs of "Garden
City" type semi-detached properties. These were designed
by Ilkeston architect H.Tatham Sudbury who was responsible for
many buildings in and around Ilkeston. These houses are known
as "Foremen's Row".
Long before the demise of Stanton Ironworks, the properties were
built to house the company's foremen. Although the industrial
landscape in the valley below has changed considerably over the
years, the foremen would have had a good view of their workplace
from their homes as this picture taken earlier this year shows.
It gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase "Working
From Home"! As we return up Quarry Hill towards the village
centre, there is a footpath by the side of the last (or first)
of the properties in Foremen's Row that offers a shortcut to
the works (inset) but if we follow it and turn left, it will
take us back to our starting point near St Michael's Church.
For the time being, this concludes our explorations and examination
of the historical sites in Stanton By Dale but no doubt we shall
return for another look at this tranquil village on our doorstep.