Useful Links

This page contains links to other websites and organisations, as well as addresses of other local societies and groups, which you may find useful. The IDLHS cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred through their use

Ilkeston Library

Erewash Museum

Local History Societies, Organisations and Websites

Beeston History Society

Bramcote History Group

Dale Abbey Parish Council

Derbyshire Archaeological Society

The Derby and Derbyshire War Memorials Project

Derbyshire Family History Society

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association

Friends of Bennerley Viaduct

The Friends of Kirk Hallam Church aim to help maintain and refurbish the church and to ensure its future as a centre of worship in Kirk Hallam.

Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery

Heage Windmill Society

Healey Hero — Fionn Taylor’s tribute to miners both local and national

Heanor and District Local History Society

Ilkeston Cam — View photographic images from in and around Ilkeston and the district — Local news, views and events can be found on Paul Bednall’s website

Lenton History Society — The Long Eaton Community Homepage

Nottinghamshire Local History Association

Elaine Sarson’s Mapperley History Web Site

Sandiacre History Group

Spondon Historical Society

The Stanley One-Place Study — A site for those researching their ancestry in the Stanley area

Stanton Ironworks — A superb website for those with an interest in Stanton Ironworks

Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall Churches

The Stapleford Community Homepage

Trowell Parish Council website

The West Hallam Community website

Other History Sites

The Richard the Third Society — The Battle of Bosworth on August 22nd 1485 saw the end to an unbroken ancestral line of Ilkeston’s lords of the manor dating back to the Conquest. Following the defeat of Richard III the manor passed into the hands of the Savage family.

Belvoir Castle — In 1608 Sir Thomas Savage sold the manor of Ilkeston to Sir John Manners, ancestor of the present Duke of Rutland and who is still Titular Lord of the Manor.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire. This medieval house is home of Lord Edward Manners, younger brother of the present Duke of Rutland.

Family History Related Sites

Derbyshire Family History Society

Cyndi’s List — Lists thousands of links to other family history sites

Gen Uki — This website contains links to thousands of sites relating to local and family history

The Nottinghamshire Family History Society

Libraries, Record Offices and Other Archives

The Derbyshire Records Office at Matlock holds a huge number of records relevant to Ilkeston.

The Staffordshire Records Office at Lichfield holds many records relating to Ilkeston and district including hundreds of wills dating from the early 16th century.

The Derby Local Studies Library, Iron Gate, Derby (tel:01332 255393) holds both census and parish records, amongst many others.

The Church of England Records Centre in Bermonsey London and which holds the Church of England’s archival collection amongst which are many items which relate to Ilkeston and district.

The National Archives collection of records and contains many items relevant to Ilkeston and district. Many can easily be purchased and downloaded.

The Domesday Book of 1086 contains the earliest recorded name of Ilkeston which was recorded as 'Tilchestune'.

Picture The Past — A joint project by the local authorities of Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to conserve and make publicly accessible the photograhic heritage of the North East Midlands.

British Listed Buildings — An easy-to-use index of the listed buildings of the UK.


The Erewash Museum is based at Dalby House, High Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The museum contains a large range of archival material and displays relating to the area’s social, industrial, archaeological and political history.

Five hundred years of Bakewell history at the Old House Museum

The Crich Tramway Museum near Matlock

The Midland Railway Centre at Ripley

The Peak District Mining Museum at Matlock

The National Mining Museum

Local Schools

Ilkeston School

Friesland School Sandiacre Derbyshire

Countryside Books — Publishers of an excellent range of books essential for both the local and family historian