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.
This is the inside front cover of the family bible belonging to Mike Hallam.
Mike writes …
It might jog someone’s memory to mention that the last Hallam in business in Ilkeston was my father’s sister. Phyllis Hallam owned ladies’ hairdressing shops in Ilkeston. One was at 21 Bath Street. I’m not sure where the other was.
She married Leslie Fox but I think she ran the shops under her maiden name and he died long before her.
I believe the 21 Bath St. Shop was there before WW2 until the 1970’s.
Mike has previously written about his family, on the site.
Your contributions, comments on the content, suggestions, requests what to include in the site or how to improve it …are all very welcome.
If you have any questions about your own Ilkeston research and you think that I or others may be able to help, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Now are you ready to start the journey?