Welcome to the Ilkeston and District Local History Society (IDLHS)

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Welcome to the Ilkeston and District Local History Society (IDLHS) website. If you are a new visitor, please find time to browse through the pages. The site features information on the history of Ilkeston and district and you can find more about the Society on the About the IDLHS page.

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Membership

Why not join? Membership would bring you several benefits. All members receive the Society’s magazine, The Herald several times a year and can attend all our indoor speaker meetings, outside visits and walks free of charge (excluding external entry fees and transport costs). It’s only £12 yearly each or £18 for a couple at the same address (2024).

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Ilkeston and District Local History Society are pleased to help with any general enquiries that visitors to the site may have. We cannot undertake any genealogical or large scale research on your behalf, but we will at least do our best to answer any questions. 

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News & Stories

Tales of the Railways

Tales of the Railways

The Erewash Valley changed enormously after the railways arrived in 1847. They affected every aspect of local peoples’ lives.Until 1948 there were...

FaceBook image gets 76,000 posts

FaceBook image gets 76,000 posts

The old Flower Pot, Chapel Street by Andrew Knighton A facebook post on the IDLHS group page has generated an amazing 76,000 post reach, meaning it...

Trowell

Trowell

Just over the border into Nottinghamshire is the village of Trowell, which is probably most famous for being the Festival of Britain Village in...

Ilkeston Town Hall

Ilkeston Town Hall

Ilkeston’s recently formed Local Board was responsible for the building of the Town Hall in 1866-67. The site was previously occupied by three or...

Who was St John Houghton?

Who was St John Houghton?

Beauvale Priory, near Eastwood, achieved fame when its one-time Prior, John Houghton, became the first English Catholic Martyr. Born in Essex in...

Bits and Bobs… An Ilson Miscellany

Bits and Bobs… An Ilson Miscellany

If you don’t have access to Facebook you won’t be aware of the large number of posts on various topics which appeared during the Covid lockdowns....

Deals on Wheels

Deals on Wheels

The companion volume to Jeff Wynch’s A Town on Two Wheels — Deals on Wheels — is now available. In the final two decades of the nineteenth century...

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Publications

 

The Society sells a variety of publications both by the IDLHS and its members. These can be purchased directly from the Society by post. 

Prices shown include postage and packing but only relate to UK postage rates. For overseas orders or other enquiries relating to these publications please contact the Secretary at the address below. Please note that postage rates can change, so the Society reserves the right to amend prices without prior notice. 

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