Welcome to Old Ilkeston – the growing story of a Victorian town
You can write to the site with questions or stories, or contribute your own material. Use either the Contact Form (left) or email me … [email protected]
To find your way around the site, there is a guide, a main index to the Grand Tour, and a supplementary index which is updated every month. You can also use the search boxes — top right and top left — or use the menus on most of the pages.
Who is this fine-looking chap from the 1880s ?
Courtesy of Chris Willis (his great great grandson)
Another look at the mid-Victorian Town Hall
A prominent monument in St. Mary’s Churchyard. But whose is it and what is his connection with George Small ?
Who are the long-term residents of Albion Place ?
Where can we spend this ?
Look who’s visiting Ilkeston
Chapel brothers: do you recognise them ?
Who built the seven bedroom house in Market Street in 1878 (marked X on the map below) and was living there in the 1880s ?
Clue: At this time he also owned the Horse and Groom Inn at Gallows Inn.
Seduction in Market Street … but who’s seducing who ??
A new church for Ilkeston is begun 1893
Who lies in this neglected grave in St. Mary’s Churchyard ? You might be surprised at the office he once held in Victorian Ilkeston.
The photo above can be found in Trueman and Marston’s History of Ilkeston. It is labelled as “A bit of old Ilkeston, in Bath Street“. Any idea what it was called … or where it was ? (Be careful !! — don’t make the same mistake as the census enumerator Arthur Perriam made in 1881)
This is supposedly a copy of an oil painting by G. Paulden (1952), imagining “Ye Olde King’s Head Hotel about 1895”. (courtesy of Ilkeston Reference Library).
There are a couple of clues within the painting to help provide an exact year … and it isn’t 1895.
Jim Beardsley has very kindly loaned a bundle of unique documents to the Old Ilkeston site from his personal collection. The papers include fascinating details of Victorian property ownership. All of the plans below are from Jim’s collection.
Any idea what this plan below is showing ? .. there are lots of clues within it.
Burr Lane … but perhaps not as you know it
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