And so we come to Market Street, linking the White Lion area to the Market Place, running parallel to South Street on its east side.
The Ilkeston Pioneer reported on the beginnings of an idea for this new street in March 1853 …
‘We are glad to learn that it is in contemplation to form a new street commencing at the south side of the Market-place, running along the Cricket Ground, and the fields adjacent, until it joins the Nottingham Road, of which important thoroughfare, it will form a continuation. This, should the project be carried out, will be a decided improvement, and a great public convenience, to say nothing of its enhancing the value of land along the line of the street’.
Such a new street would mean that the toll bar, set at the south end of South Street, would be redundant unless it moved elsewhere … passenger and goods traffic would simply be able to avoid it by travelling along the new route.
At the same time there were discussions between certain local landowners — including William Ball — and the directors of the Midland Railway, to construct another new thoroughfare, from the junction of Chapel Street (which was then a dead end) and Burr Lane, northwards to Awsworth Road/Cotmanhay Road and crossing the railway line near the Town Station (along the line of what was later North Street/North Road).
Having given his views on Park Road, here is Aesculapius again, in 1871:
“Look at Market-street and Gladstone-street, which years ago were set out by Mr. Hobson, and which have ever been and remain in a most abominable condition – a disgrace even to the names of Hobson and Gladstone, and the Ilkeston Local Board”.
The old Wesleyans, after leaving South Street Chapel, worshipped in a small chapel on the west side of Market Street, below Gladstone Street.
On the east side was Extension Street.
In this new street were Mr. John Childs’ houses built about 1857 which have been dubbed ‘ Little Peck* Row.’
Mr. Childs had sold large quantities of potatoes, and unkind people said that he had been able to build these houses because he gave short weight.
*A ‘peck’ is an imperial unit of capacity equal to two gallons or just over nine litres — as in ‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers’. It was a bulk food measure and so the suggestion is that John Childs wasn’t too careful when measuring out his produce.
We now wander further along Market Street to the Anchor Inn and Hubert Henri Sugg.