A rare survivor

A rare survivor

A ticket to Ilkeston’s Vauxhall Gardens

Long time Society member and local literary legend John Titford (one half of the team which brought you ‘Ey up Mi Duck’) was lucky enough to spot this item for sale recently – a paper ticket for tea at Ilkeston’s own Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens nearly two hundred years ago.

The Gardens were situated off the bottom of Bath Street near to the Rutland Hotel, now part of the site of the Aldi store. Named after their larger and more successful counterpart in London, they existed at the same time and as part of the accompanying attractions of the short-lived Ilkeston Spa Baths.

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