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 King’s Head Inn and its neighbours in the 1870s
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.
A wide range of historical sources has been used….
… contemporary trade directories, census returns, records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials, local newspaper articles and gossip, the printed recollections and anecdotes of Ilkestonians alive at the time, minute books, photos and pictures, maps and several other articles and books.
The site is a ‘work in progress’, helped by your contributions, comments on the content, suggestions, requests what to include in the site or how to improve it … and all are very welcome.
The work of several ‘readers’ has already be included … and many thanks for that.
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
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