Ilkeston’s Industries

Although most of the large-scale industries that contributed to the social and economic development of the town have gone, their presence can still be seen if you know where to look.

Much of the mining scars have disappeared under landscaping, and most of the Stanton Ironworks site has been cleared and is undergoing redevelopment.

Stanton at War 1939-45

Stanton at War 1939-45

Stanton Gate Bomb Plant Within months of the outbreak of war with Nazi Germany in 1939 it became apparent to the British Government’s Ministry of Supply, that the available steel plants and foundries already in existence would be unable to meet the huge demand for...

Stanton Ironworks

Stanton Ironworks

The Stanton Ironworks at New Stanton, south of Ilkeston was once the town’s largest manufacturing concern and consequently its biggest employer. The Stanton and Staveley group was later part of the Tubes Division of British Steel Corporation. At its height, the...

The Local Mining Industry

The Local Mining Industry

Ilkeston lies almost at the southern end of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire coal field, with the deepest seams finally outcropping or bassetting out in the neighbouring parishes of Kirk Hallam and Stanton by Dale. Coals and probably ironstone also had been mined on...