Latest updates 2022

May 25th … a new page on the continuing work of the Town Council 1891-1892

May 20th … 1892: Turmoil in Robey’s Yard

May 16th … yet more burial troubles for the Rev. Edward Muirhead Evans

May 12th … trouble at the old Toll Bar

May 11th … more on the life and career of architect George Haslam

May 4th … the sad death of Harry Spencer

April 30th … updated Supplementary Index to show all the recent additions

April 30th … 1892: son of Professor Jackson arrives in Ilkeston to continue the exploits of his late father, and with much the same success

April 29th … More on the 1892 Genral Election in Ilkeston

April 26th … the death of Priscilla Martin, one-time housekeeper of hosier Henry Carrier

April 23rd … more on Captain Gregory of the Wine Vaults

April 22nd … an error corrected, thanks to Alison Reid

April 19th … 1892 and more Irish activity around White Lion Square

April 1st … the continuing saga of bankrupt baker Amos Beardsley, February 1892

March 31st … updated Supplementary Index to show all the recent additions

March 30th … not Felix Sisson again !!!

March 17th … the Howe family of Springfield Terrace, with a few Savages and Sheldons, Henshaws and Hensons … and a Beardsley !!

March 4th … the unfortunate Potter family of the Potteries 1891

March 2nd … the first in a series of the gravestones and tombs of Old Ilkestonians

February 28th … updated Supplementary Index to show all the recent additions

February 24th … another look at Park Road and at the Goddard family living there

February 23rd … more laudanum deaths, this time in Rutland Street

February 22nd … fostering and adoption in late Victorian Cotmanhay

February 21st … domestic abuse, theft, attempted suicide and wilful murder (?) at 109 Station Road !!

February 21st … don’t always trust a census !!!

February 17th … William Manners Manners, town councillor, landlord of the Commercial Inn, and miserable misanthrope ?

February 15th … Felix Sisson, a lad who knew the Ilson way to express his love.

February 13th … a little more on the Rev. Edward Muirhead Evans, Vicar at St. Mary’s Church

February 11th … Angie has asked about Thomas Calladine (c1819-1878). I have posted her question, here or here or here. Can anyone help ?

February 10th … you may have noticed that I’ve added the Old Ilson Quiz to the end of the Grand Tour.

February 9th … an update of the Solomon Beardsley page

February 5th … I have moved the collection of school photos into the Grand Tour section, to make them more accessible

February 5th … additional material on the Tatham family of Nottingham Road

February 4th … Early Issues (1887-1890) for the new Town Council

February 3rd … a new section on Ilkeston’s Town Council 1887-1890 (to be cont’d)

February 1st … the first month of the 1858 Ilson Blog is now complete

February 1st … updated Supplementary Index to show all the recent additions

January 31st … additional detail on all the tradesmen/women on the east side of Bath Street, from Chapel Street up to the Market Place, 1871-1901.

January 27th … Sam Cresswell’s suicide and Carrier’s mysterious warehouse fire 1896

January 25th … the residents of South Street, from Queen Street to West Street

January 23rd … additional detail on the landlords of the Nag’s Head beerhouse in South Street … and the Knightons, Turtons and Duros

January 20th … the Colliers’ Cemetery in Cotmanhay — with Webster and Duro family connections

January 17th … two Ilkeston lads fight in the Indian Rebellion of 1857/58

January 14th … prompted by Jim Beardsley, I have added what I consider to be a complete list of Ilkeston’s Wheatley Straws up to 1901 … prove me wrong ?

January 13th … Christmas accidents 1890

January 10thOld Ilson Blog 1858 starts. Find out all that happened in the town in 1858

January 8th … a curious incident in the life of Ilkeston Baptist minister Charles Frederick Aked

January 6th … the Great Singer Sewing Machine Massacre

January 1st … 1890 and a new way to pay old debts; the Pollard brothers

January 1st … Old Ilson Blog for 1857 now complete