Some Hallam family history

To link Club Row with the Hallam family, we first need a very brief family history background on this branch of the family  ….

Francis Hallam, coalminer of Mapperley/West Hallam married Sarah Brentnall at Duffield on October 30th 1797. They had at least 10 children, the penultimate one being James, born on June 14th, 1817.
Son James Hallam married Ann Pickering at St. Werburgh’s Church in Derby on November 26th, 1843. Thomas seems to have been their last child, born on August 1st, 1859.
He married Mary Ann Moore of Club Row at Ilkeston Ebenezer Chapel in 1888 and when she died in 1903 Thomas remarried, the following year, to Emily Rebecca Meadows, at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Castle Donington.
One of their sons was James Hallam, born on February 7th, 1913.


Michael James (Mike) Hallam is very keen to contact any associated Hallams. He writes …

Francis Hallam, Mapperley, collier, and his wife Sarah (Brentnal) were producing at least 7 children between 1800 and 1820.
His son James with his wife Ann (Pickering ) had 10 children and one of them was Thomas 1859-1931. I believe this Thomas was my grandfather and he bought the bakery from his brother in 1910. 
I was the first child of James Hallam, baker, son of the above Thomas. I arrived during an air raid in the Battle of Britain 5th Sept 1940 in Ilkeston, 2 am.  
My father still ran the bakery for his widowed mother when I was born.


One of my most treasured possessions to do with Hallam family history is a 50 page notebook dated 1910 in which a detailed valuation of every item in a bakery and shop at 52 Station Rd., Ilkeston are written by John Hallam and Thomas Hallam. Page one values the contents of the stable in which the horse is £20, the cart £12 down to brushes, combs and a whip.
The contents of the premises were being valued I think because John was selling the business to Thomas. The contents totalled nearly £170.

Dave writes “The year is 1910 and  brothers Thomas and John Hallam kept premises including a shop at the crossroads of King Street and Station Road (on the north-west corner). The shop had one window looking out onto Station Road and another window facing Lower King Street.
I can imagine my own recently married grandparents setting out from their own house and shop in Station Road, almost opposite the Erewash Hotel — perhaps to visit a cousin living further down the road, and taking their baby (my father) with them. They would pass the Hallam corner shop and bakery at the Station Road/King Street crossroads and perhaps pause to look into the Station Road window. Mike’s notebook tells us exactly what they would see”.

… including

Fresh and tinned fruit like strawberries, pineapples, pears,,peaches

Fish meals — salmon and sardines

Puddings and cakes


Washing materials


The whole lot for less than £3

They might walk round into King Street to look in the window there ….

More tinned and fresh fruit, incuding pineapples, apricots and peaches

Tinned fish

Washing materials, dyes and clotheslines

All types of brushes and polishes

Quaker oats

Baking ingredients, sultana and currants

Mason’s extract

Tarantella and crown tomatoes

All valued at almost £5


Not including the scullery, lobby, bathroom, the shop, and outside sheds, the Hallam premises at number 52 had five rooms. In addition there was of course a shop, a lobby containing mostly bags of flour and corn, sugar and soda, and potatoes; storerooms stuffed with bags, packets, jars, bottles and cases of stock for the shop; a bakehouse with machines, tins, churns, trays, and knives; a cellar housing butter, lard, eggs and candles; a stable with a horse and cart and various associated items; and other outbuildings.

The eventual death of Thomas in 1931 meant his widow, my grandma, became the owner. On the last page it’s her signature ( E. Hallam :  Emily Rebecca ) over the stamps, witnessing each payment of the debt from Thomas to John and how much was still owing. My Dad learned his trade in this bakery working for his mother and went on to own his bakery in Cambridgeshire 1947 to 1967.

The last pages show the debt being paid off in instalments by Thomas 



This ‘invoice’ (below) dated 1912 from the bakery at 52 Station Rd., Ilkeston that was in Hallam ownership … It tots up the interest on the decreasing debt of Thomas to his brother John over 2 years. Thomas finally pays off what he owes his brother”.

2. Two 1940 “congratulations on birth of first child” cards, one blue and one pink.    

3. A family bible with birth date entries. The Bible was published in 1821 and the first owner was Elizabeth Pickering. It is signed by her in 1821 the year of her marriage (nee Potter). So I think it was a wedding present.
She wrote  “1821 Elizabeth Pickering” inside the front cover and went on to write about 10 lines of a poem warning anyone who dared to “steel” her new bible that they would be cast down below into the fires of Hell.
Her new husband had a sister, Ann Pickering, who married James Hallam and the bible passed into Hallam ownership through her. Pickering, Hallam, and Moore names are scribbled inside. 
This family bible will be finished its restoration in 2 weeks. (dated July 11th 2019)

And here is Mike’s family bible, dated from 1821.

Two more family items from Mike

Mike adds …
I would welcome contact with any Hallams who are distantly related to me. So far we Hallams have only produced daughters for the continuation of the line of descent. I would like to make contact with Hallam families who share my ancestral bloodline, who have male children etc.

It might jog someone’s memory to mention that the last Hallam in business in Ilkeston was my father’s sister. Phyllis Hallam owned ladies’ hairdressing shops in Ilkeston. One was at 21 Bath Street. I’m not sure where the other was.
She married Leslie Fox but I think  she ran the shops under her maiden name and he died long before her.
I believe the 21 Bath St. Shop was there before WW2 until the 1970’s.

Can anyone help ?

Can anyone recall the Station Road bakery ?


and now, continuing down Bath Street, on to Mrs. Burgin’s butcher’s shop.