Local Histories

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 1951. The village is believed to have Saxon origins,...

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 four thatched cottages belonging to John Taylor, a...

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 1487, he was educated at Cambridge, where he took a...

Shipley

Shipley

An area known for its coal, theme park and now a country park, Shipley has a very varied history. Shipley Hall, around the turn of the 20th Century Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the manor at...

West Hallam

West Hallam

The Village in the 1920s Although it is not known exactly when the first settlement appeared, West Hallam is mentioned in the Domesday Book as having belonged to a man called Dunstan before the...

Wharncliffe Road in 1914

Wharncliffe Road in 1914

Contributed by the late Paul Robinson When I was little, before and during the Kaiser's War, Wharncliffe Road was still new and only partly developed. My grandfather, George Maltby, was in 'The Red...

Stanton Road Cemetery

Stanton Road Cemetery

In the early 1990s, members of the Ilkeston and District Local History Society became aware of the deteriorating state of the Cemetery on Stanton Road, Ilkeston. A number of Society members began...

Park Cemetery

Park Cemetery

Park Cemetery is the town’s municipal cemetery, and is owned and run by Erewash Borough Council. Many well known inhabitants of Ilkeston since the 1890s are buried here including mayors, local...

South Street

South Street

This block stood on the corner of South Street and Wharncliffe Road until 1937 when it was demolished to make way for an extension to the Cooperative Department Store. It once contained a Post...

Ilkeston Charter Fair

Ilkeston Charter Fair

Introduction King Henry III granted a Charter Hugh de Muskham on April 10th in the year 1252. The charter gave the Lord of the Manor and the townsfolk of Ilkeston the right to hold a market on the...

Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor

The people of Ilkeston have seen a succession of Lords of the Manor stretching back to the Conquest. In the four centuries from Domesday of 1086 through to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the manor...

Ilkeston

Ilkeston

Ilkeston is situated approximately 10 miles east of the City of Derby and 8 miles west of the City of Nottingham in the East Midlands of England. The town stands at a height of around 100 metres...