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.
These images are courtesy of the Andrew Knighton collection.
They show a snuff box, made of sterling silver with a gilt interior, and belonging to Richard Evans.
Where in Ilkeston did he live ? What was his contribtion to Victorian Ilkeston’s commercial, political, religious and social life ?
Where was the snuff box made ? Who made it ? In what year was it made ? (Look closely at the hallmark).
Why was this period important in Richard Evans’ life ?
The answers to all these questions can be found here.
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?