Dorothy Haywood and her parents

Dorothy Lavinia Haywood lived all her life at 22 Flamstead Road in Ilkeston.

This was posted by Ilkeston Life on April 12th, 2018 (corrected version)

A well-known and respected Ilkeston lady has died following a short stay in hospital.
Dorothy Haywood was known to hundreds of local families because of her lifelong involvement with Chaucer Nursery, Infants and Junior Schools; also for her Sunday School and church work at St Andrews.
She was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital after Easter and passed away five minutes to midnight (Wednesday 11.4.18) aged 81..
Friends at St Andrews and other churches have been left in shock. Dorothy was involved in many activities as an event organiser, worship leader and church contact.
Many tributes have been received on ‘Spotted Ilkeston town’ and ‘Ilson Bygones‘ from people who knew her, including the following:
“The loveliest, most gentle person anyone could know.”
“One of the best teachers ever.”
“The best teacher and friend. Always cared about all the children she taught.”
“I do not know a better lady in the world.”
“She is with her Saviour who she spent her life loving and serving.”


Dave Johnson writes …. “In 2003, in pursuit of my family history, I visited Dorothy Haywood and her cousin at Dorothy’s home in Flamstead Road, Ilkeston. I recall that she wasn’t at all interested in family history, nor in the past in general; Dorothy’s main concern seemed to be to help other people in the present, to enable them to have a better future. However both she and her cousin were very gracious and generous with their time and helped me enormously. I visited the home on several occasions and each time they had more infomation and photos to help me. With this information and their words, I have put this section together.”


Dorothy’s story

I have lived all my life at 22 Flamstead Rd. As a child, when I was 5 years old, I went to Chaucer School, infants and junior, on Chaucer Street at that time. This was during the War (Dorothy Lavinia was born on October 15th 1936) but there wasn’t a lot of disruption … just the odd air-raid warning. What I do remember is going from the school down to the air-raid shelter on the recreation ground just behind my house (the Ashes, now called Chaucer Park, at the back of Dorothy’s house)…..for practice. I just remember those as happy times that my cousin Marie Elizabeth and I shared together. We did have to go into the shelters but especially at night, with a cushion.

After Chaucer School, I went to Hallcroft, about 1947. I left school aged 15.

Chaucer Schools

Hallcroft School


At first I worked at a Chemist shop for about 4 years. But then I saw a job advertised as a nursery nurse at Chaucer School …. that would be 1956. And so I worked for over 40 years at Chaucer Infants, as a nursery nurse, and loved every minute of it……. stayed there all my working life. I retired at 60, in 1996.
I worked in the nursery,…that was right down in what I called ‘the pit’, because you literally looked down to it, through the railings on Chaucer St. All the infants department was on this lower level but you got used to it. The Girls’and Boys’ schools were on a different level.


Dorothy’s family photo album

Dorothy takes a ride at the back of 22 Flamstead Road

Dorothy (left) and her cousin Marie Elizabeth Richards on Flamstead Road


The houses on the right are on Flamstead Road. Dorothy is standing on land opposite her house.(This land now has houses on it)

Dorothy and her father Jack (right) with cousin Marie Elizabeth Richards and her father John Richards


Dorothy with her mother and grandma (all on the left)



The bride was Audrey Jolly who was a second cousin to Dorothy. Behind Audrey is her brother David


Dorothy with cousin Marie Elizabeth, daughter of John Richards and Ethel (nee Figg), at 22 Flamstead Rd, Ilkeston, with the “Ashes” behind them (September 2003)

Dorothy’s artwork at the side of her row of terraced houses in Flamstead Road … you may be able to recognise who the initials represent ?


Flamstead Road where Dorothy lived all her life


Dorothy’s parents

Dorothy was the only child of John (Jack) Haywood and Elizabeth (nee Richards).

Father Jack (1898-1982) ….

This is part of a copy of Jack’s birth certicate, made in 1910 so that he could begin work.

On August 2nd 1930, at Bath Street Primitive Methodist Chapel in Ilkeston, Jack married Elizabeth Richards, the youngest child of John and Ann Elza (nee Johnson).

… and mother Elizabeth (1900-1974)

Here, above, is Elizabeth pictured with brother John, two years older, and cousin Hilda May Jolly, one year older, the daughter of George Frederick and Ada (nee Johnson)

And on the left is Elizabeth with brother John.


Elizabeth with her mother Ann Eliza Richards (nee Johnson)

On the reverse is an address….J W Hardy, Photographer, Alexandra Rd & Promenade, Cleethorpes

On the reverse in pencil is written ” Miss Betty Richards, 22 Flamstead Rd, ‘Fernleigh’ Ilkeston”.


The following is an extract from a Family Review, a poem written by a friend Bernard Shaw, dated Feb 15th 1921. Bernard Shaw was Elizabeth’s first boyfriend (she would be 21 then) while she was his one and only girlfriend, whom he is writing about here ….

My last link for discussion is that girl Lizzie
For whenever I’ve seen her she’s always busy
But work brings out good qualities we’re told
I think work makes young people old.

Work is now a question which makes Lizzie cough
For she works this week and has next off
So if you tell her she works she’ll say it’s bosh
But I’ve changed my mind now I’ve seen her wash.

She says a nuisance all young men are
And she’s going next week to Prims Bazaar
She wanted a jumper to stand at the stall
So her mother said “ Lizzie to the Novelty I’ll call”

Lizzie is happy and full of joy
To think that tonight she’ll see her boy
Now Richards is the name of this family so good
For they let me take Lizzie a walk thro’ the wood

Above; on holiday, at Clifford Rd, Blackpool

Left ; Elizabeth was pregnant at this time, 1936. This was taken at Skegness by Speedy Snaps Ltd

And below are photos of Dorothy with her dad Jack.

Relaxing at Gyagee Hotel in Skegness

at home

at Sandringham Gates

Quite often we would go on holiday to Skegness and often stayed at Gyagee Hotel. The original owner was Jane who was our grandma’s sister*, and she married Jonathon Horridge to become Mrs Horridge. I went there very frequently because my father used to do the cleaning there…and that probably paid for the holiday. I know he did the lights there, and would help of course. It’s not there now….they’ve all been joined into big hotels now.

* Mrs Horridge was Sarah Jane Johnson, who was born in 1854 and, as a widow, married Jonathon Horridge in 1901. She was in fact the aunt of Dorothy’s grandma, Ann Eliza Johnson. Their hotel was at 42 South Parade.

My dad drove a van for the Electricity Board. When I was a very little child I think he used to drive lorries for Willie West…I think that he would do it on his holidays from the Electricity Board. (He would take my cousin and me in the lorry and we would sit on the front seat….we used to go all over the country. William West used to have his firm somewhere at the top of Nottingham Road but went down Furnace Rd. Harold Jolly married Marcelle West who was William West’s daughter.

And here (right) is Jack in his uniform as mace bearer ….

When dad retired from his work with the Electricity Board, at the age of 65, he immediately saw the position of Mace Bearer for the Mayor advertised….he went for it and he got it.

It was absolutely marvellous for him…he loved it.

He held that position for at least 10 years, probably more.

And now for other family members