As with any town, a great deal of Ilkeston’ past is inaccessible, either swept away entirely by the need for more substantial construction, or locked away by new building on top of old. The rare opportunity to examine a site in the centre of the town — the grounds of the old vicarage of St Mary’s — gave us an insight into the medieval life of the area.
Fortunately, there are locations that haven’t been overbuilt that have secrets waiting to be revealed — when time, money and opportunity permit.
The more intriguing are items that serendipity uncovers: the chance discovery of a chance loss. Finds of everyday objects, from neolithic times to the present day, suggest stories about our antecedents and bring us closer to the past.
Introduction The site as it appeared in early 2001. Overgrown and covered with a huge pile of garden rubbish. This view was taken looking west toward the wall which surrounds the property and divides the church yard...
Ilkeston: Roman coin site at Comanhay SK469437 A Roman bronze coin of Gratian (367-383 AD) was found by Mr Birch in a mole hill on rough ground alongside the canal and River Erewash off Sleaford Way, Cotmanhay. The...