Curiosities

A Little Hallam wedding

A Little Hallam wedding

The photograph arrived in the same package as Bessy Ling. All we were told is that it recorded a marriage on Little Hallam Hill near the Bull’s Head. The gentleman’s frock coat and topper were used...

Goodbye, Bessy Ling

Goodbye, Bessy Ling

Good-bye, Bessy Ling, Good-bye  (Click red link to download audio file) By Peter Cave This is a surprise: sheet music written and published in Ilkeston. The melody and arrangement was by Amos...

An Edwardian Autograph Album

An Edwardian Autograph Album

This item was discovered during a house clearance by Colin Greaves, who has very kindly allowed us to reproduce it here. It originally belonged to Beatrice Elizabeth Brooks, one of ten children of...

St Mary’s Former Vicarage

St Mary’s Former Vicarage

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...

Archaeological Finds and Sites

Archaeological Finds and Sites

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...