In the 1930’s Adeline Wells wrote a series of letters to the Ilkeston Advertiser, describing her life in Ilkeston in the 1850’s. The content of these letters has formed the basis of this site, which also includes a collection of sketches, anecdotes and data relating to some of the people who lived in Ilkeston from the 1840’s to the 1880’s, about the places they inhabited and about events in their daily lives. Also included is a lot of genealogical detail about these people in the hope that it may be of use and interest to others.
What is the connection between this magnificent clock and the Durham Ox Inn ? (Image courtesy of Graham Shead)
What is the connection between the two people who signed this paper (above) and the estate of Samuel Riley, coalminer of Station Road, who died in 1876 ? The answer is to be found in the website section called ‘Old Ilson Relics
And this splendid family photograph was sent to me by Andrew Knighton and appears in the same section.
Andrew writes …. This is a photo that would date to the mid 1890s and shows my great great grandparents, Isaac Knighton and his wife Sarah (formerly Robinson, daughter of John Robinson the Butterley Company’s mine agent) and all of their children, including my great grandfather. The photograph is in superb condition, pristine, with no surface marks or fading and great care taken to look after it over the last circa 125 years – it even has the original envelope and also the tissue paper attached to the photo for protection.
The ‘Relics’, of course, are not the people who appear in the photo … the term refers to the other items which Andrew has kindly sent in and which appear in this section. My sincere thanks to him for pioneering this new development.
Any contributions and comments are all very welcome.
If you have any questions about your own Ilkeston research please put them forward.
You can contact me either via ‘Your Comments’ on the site (click on ‘Have a question? Make a comment?’ and scroll to the bottom)
or by email at email@example.com
Now are you ready to start the journey?