Social Histories

Interesting characters, incidents and memories

Hallam Fields Memorial

Hallam Fields Memorial

by Grant Shaw The sometimes-overlooked Hallam Fields War Memorial is in the grounds of the former Stanton Institute (“The ‘Stute”) and is a replica of the...

John ‘Jack’ Lally

John ‘Jack’ Lally

An inspirational teacher by Danny Corns John or Jack to his friends, “Pop” to his pupils, was a founder member of the Ilkeston & District Local History...

The fastest barber in town?

The fastest barber in town?

Joseph Wright of Ilkeston 1861-1942 Joe Wright was a well known Ilkeston character at the beginning of the last century. Born on Christmas Eve, 1861 in a...

The ‘Squire’ of Shipley Hall

The ‘Squire’ of Shipley Hall

The life of Alfred Miller Mundy ‘Squire’ Alfred Miller Mundy (9 January 1809 – 29 March 1877) of Shipley Hall was born on 9 January 1809 at Shipley. He was...

Wartime childhood memories

Wartime childhood memories

by David Kirk As I was born in December 1937, my memories of this conflict are limited but I have tried to give some flavour of my early childhood. My...

Great War stories

Great War stories

(A longer read) When we think of the First World War, most of us think of trenches, machine guns and mud in France and Belgium. Most of the men from Ilkeston...

Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Ilkeston’s ‘Waterloo Men’

Researched by Peter Cave. Sixty or so local men who served in the army during the Napoleonic Wars have so far been rediscovered. Mostly these are 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...

Portrait Gallery 3

Portrait Gallery 3

This page contains more images which will be of interest to the family historian. Though not of the same social standing as some of those featured in Portrait...

Portrait Gallery 2

Portrait Gallery 2

Most of the persons featured on this page were prominent members of the local community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as featured in two...

Portrait Gallery 1

Portrait Gallery 1

Most of the persons featured on this page were prominent members of the local community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as featured in two...

Ilkeston Remembered

Ilkeston Remembered

(A longer read) Memories of Ilkeston past... your stories can add to this page. Remember to tell it like it is (or like it was) and don’t be afraid to include...

Remembering the Co-Op

Remembering the Co-Op

Ilkeston's Co-operative Department store, 2006 (Eddie King) While the grand days of the Cooperative store have gone, we can still remember the cultural and...