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.
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.
If anyone else would like to contribute, please feel free to do so.
Any 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?