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, and had a population of around 50, with four manors and a church, by...
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 farmer who lived at the old Manor House on Manor Road. These cottages...
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 degree in law and, as his parents then wanted him to marry (against his...
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 Shipley had several owners over the centuries. Early in the seventeenth...
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 Norman conquest. By 1199 the Lords of the Manor were the de Cromwells, who...
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 House’, which, in 1899, was the first to be built....