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The Manor House

After the Rutland Arms

At the bottom of Bath Street on the West side we come to Manor Road, in which was the Manor House.


The Cockers and Taylors

The Manor house was formerly Cocker’s Farm — and was also known as Ilkeston Hall.
The Cockers came from Heanor about 1634 when nailer Richard Cocker bought a farm in Ilkeston from William and Eleanor Marshall. For some years the family made little impression on Ilkeston.
In 1658 George Cocker had an Ilkeston mill by the river Erewash.
The family later occupied the Manor House and had strong connections to the Unitarian Church in High Street.

A son of John and Hannah (nee Dovrale?), Isaac Cocker died in February 1849, aged 68, at Ilkeston Hall.
On the day of his burial, Shrove Tuesday, a performance of the ‘Messiah’ was held at the South Street Wesleyan Chapel as recalled by Kensington.
“Henry Farmer conducted, and he was ably supported by George West, John Richardson, and an army of Goddards, Adcocks, Tilsons, Harrisons, Carriers, and others”.

Henry Farmer (1819-1891) was an organist, composer and ‘Professor of Music’, born in Lenton, Nottingham … he has his own short Wikipedia page.

The Cockers have their family burial section in St. Mary’s Churchyard, at the east end of the Church.


The Manor House (was) occupied by Mr. John Taylor, a gentleman farmer, his wife, son and daughter. 

Hannah Cocker was an older sister of Isaac and married Little Hallam farmer John Taylor in November 1794.

The Taylors were often called the Cocker Taylors.
Mrs. Taylor was the last of the Cocker Family.
Miss Taylor and her mother used to drive each morning in their pony carriage to their farm in Kirk Hallam. Mrs. Taylor always wore a velvet bandeau across her forehead.
After Mr. Taylor’s death Mrs. Taylor and Miss Taylor left the town, and so ended the line of Cockers.

Born in 1811 ‘gentleman farmer’ John Taylor junior was the son of John senior and Hannah (nee Cocker) and married Elizabeth Frearson of Sawley Grange, daughter of farmers William and Elizabeth in May 1844.

The son, John Cocker Taylor, who was fond of shooting, was out one day in heavy rain, he took a chill which developed into rheumatic fever from which he did not recover.
He was about sixteen years old when he died.

John Cocker Taylor was the only son of John and Elizabeth and he died from ‘spinal meningitis’ at the Manor House on June 17, 1867, aged 16.

Young John and his sister, who was older, attended the British School when Mr. Holroyd was the head — that is, from about 1856 to the end of 1862.

The older sister was Mary, born in 1845.

At the end of 1877 John Taylor junior put much of his farming stock up for sale at Manor Farm and left Ilkeston to live in Spondon with his wife and daughter Mary.


Frederick Shaw

In June 1878 builder Frederick Shaw moved into the Manor house, leaving behind his living premises at 109 Bath Street, between the premises of china dealer Richard Riley and the Alms Houses.
Frederick had an office and building yard in Rutland Street and had been in business for 20 years.
He was born in Ilkeston in 1833, the son of framework knitter William and Mary (nee Mather) and married Marina Matilda Hawley, daughter of butcher John and Mary (nee Burgin-Richardson), in June 1855.
Frederick’s father had been born in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, in 1796 and Frederick died at Chilwell House in Wilmot Street in June 1895.


And we are now ready to walk beyond Bath Street, towards the Cotmanhay area.