From the Horse and Groom Inn ….
Adeline takes us on, up Nottingham Road ….. “Returning past the old Gallows Inn, we again cross the bridge, and very soon are at the house standing back from the road, where Mr. and Mrs. Flint, Mrs. Flint, sen., and the two daughters, Lizzie and Lavinia, lived. Mr. Flint was a cattle dealer”.
In 1871 this was 32 Nottingham Road and in 1874 it was called ‘Grove Cottage’.
Newthorpe-born John Flint and wife Ann (nee Beet) came to the Ilkeston area about 1850, shortly after their marriage.
The 1851 census finds John working as Station Master at the railway gate house in Shipley.
Daughter Sarah Elizabeth was born at Shipley in January 1851 and Lavinia in 1853.
By 1861 the family were living at Gallows Inn where John was a cottager.
“Lavinia married Mr. Ted Tatham, second son of Mr. Edmund Tatham.
Unfortunately she fell a victim to consumption after her first baby died”.
In May 1874 Lavinia Flint had married Edmund ‘Ted’ Tatham, the third son of needlemaker Edmund and Elizabeth (nee Burgin-Richardson).
The couple had two children, John Percy and Lizzie Ann, both of whom died in infancy, and it was about four months after the birth of the daughter that Lavinia died of consumption ‘after a lingering illness’, aged 23.
Thus Edmund lost his wife less than two weeks after losing his mother.
In October 1878 Edmund married again, to Eliza Ann ‘Lizzie’ Goodacre, daughter of miller and farmer Samuel and Sarah Eliza (nee Parker) of Manor Farm, Trowell, and just over a year later daughter Lizzie Winifred was born.
Edmund Tatham about 1887.
In the early 1890’s the family went to Long Eaton to keep the Royal Hotel there.
Two views of the erstwhile Royal Hotel, nestled between Clifford Street, West Gate and Main Road (September 2021)
About 1893 the family again moved, this time to the New Inn in King Street, Derby and it was there that Edmund died in June 1894.
He was buried at Nottingham Road Cemetery in Derby.
Lizzie (Lavinia’s sister) also died of the same malady. (i.e. Consumption).
Also aged 23, Sarah Elizabeth died unmarried in October 1874, less than three weeks before the death of her father.
Their mother was very frail and died in middle age.
Farmer John Flint died in November 1874, aged 52.
His wife Ann – ‘their mother’ – was also aged 52 when she died in Kensington, in February 1878.
The Horsley house.
“Coming up the road we come to a very pleasant looking house on the bank, right away from the road”.
Born about 1790 Ann Dorothy James was the daughter of mercer (textile trader) Samuel and Elizabeth (nee Roe) and had married Henry Sharp Horsley, book-keeper later hosier, in 1810.
After her husband died abroad in 1845, she lived with Eliza, one of her daughters — a dressmaker like her mother — and her brother Thomas Roe James, at one time in East Street and later in Nottingham Road.
The family had income from property and land.
Ann Dorothy died in November 1861, aged 62, and her brother in January 1863, aged 78.
Both were buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard.
“In this house lived a maiden lady, Miss Horsley.
“In later years the Rev. John Wilson, junior Wesleyan minister, had rooms in the same house”.
Here Adeline is probably remembering the daughter Eliza Horsley who continued to live in Nottingham Road.
The 1871 Census records her, alone, at 1 Hugh Villa, Nottingham Road.
She continued to live in Nottingham Road but died in Union Road in March 1886, aged 74.
Too late to save his bacon !!
In 1856 the Ilkeston Pioneer reported a shocking story …
As John Knighton, the carrier, was returning from Nottingham last night, some worthless scoundrel stole from his cart a large piece of bacon, while between Gallow’s Inn and Mr. John Eaton’s on Nottingham Road.
Knighton had stopped at Mr. Revill’s Gallow’s Inn and left a side of bacon there, and then tied the remaining piece, as he thought, very securely to the cratch* of his cart, but to the astonishment of Mrs. Eaton and himself, when they dismounted the bacon was gone !
Search was made for it immediately, but only the paper in which it was wrapt was to be found, and that was picked up on the foot-road near Mr. Hobson’s. Some youths at a bonfire stated that they had seen a man walking behind the cart, who, doubtless, would be the thief.
John William Knighton the carrier set out from Granby Street for Nottingham every Wednesday and Saturday (and to Derby every Friday). It looks like he had delivered provisions to ‘Mr. Revill‘ at Gallows Inn on his return journey … this was Samuel Revill who traded as a grocer, close by the Horse and Groom Inn. What was left of the bacon was secured inside the cratch or trough, by the seat of his cart … and off he set for John Eaton who lived near to the White Cow beerhouse at Hunger Hill. And somewhere along the journey the bacon ‘escaped’. Mr Matthew Hobson lived at Field House, at the back of the White Cow, and so the foot-road would be a path in that area.
The Roses in Nottingham Road.
“Continuing up the road we come to another old house, gable to the road. When Mr. Rose, the rate collector, gave up the shoe shop in Bath Street, he, his wife, and daughter, Mrs. Phillips, came to live in this house”.
We shall meet William Rose and his family later in Bath Street.
In this area — at Grangewood House — lived the family of Wright Lissett, in the later years of the nineteenth century.
The house was built on the site of Joseph Siddon’s lodging house.
Writing in November 1891, in a letter to the Ilkeston Pioneer, ‘Kensington’ remembered …
Old Joe Siddons ‘Lodgings for travellers’ has disappeared; and this peculiarly designed villa on its site is the residence for the Town Clerk (Wright Lissett).
The Richards family.
“There were no more buildings until we come to the old cottage opposite Regent Street. Here lived Mr. and Mrs. Richards and their two children”.
There is a Richards family matching this description at 17 Nottingham Road on the 1871 census.
“The girl became a dressmaker, the boy I am afraid I have forgotten”.
The Richards family was perhaps that of Nuthall-born labourer/gardener George, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth, and his wife Mary (nee Henson), daughter of labourer George and Fanny (nee Gadsby).
Coming from the Nuthall area to live in Nottingham Road the family appears on the 1871 census showing daughter Thirza, aged 22, as a dressmaker while ‘forgotten’ son Arthur, aged 12, is a scholar. (Eldest son Henry George had already left home to marry Dinah Owen in 1869)
The Richards left Nottingham Road to farm in Sandiacre/Dale Abbey area where father George was reunited with son Henry George.
The last house.
“The last building on the east side of Nottingham Road was an old farm house. I remember going there for butter and eggs. I believe the name of the people was Gilbert”.
The old farm house on Nottingham Road was perhaps that of Stapleford-born farmer Gilbert Bailey, son of lacemaker Gilbert and Jane (nee Thompson)…. at 8 Nottingham Road in 1871.
He married Mary Ann Allen, daughter of John, the sexton of St. Nicholas’ Church in Nottingham, and Elizabeth (nee Tong). The Bailey family held property in this part of Nottingham Road and into Park Road, comprising several dwelling houses — copyhold and freehold — outbuildings, an orchard, gardens and pasture land.
Their only child was John Allen Bailey who always “seemed to be in a chronic state of ‘elevation’, and whose weekly delight it was to sit on a wall in White Lion Square banging vigorously on a tin can in derisive accompaniment to the Salvation Army Band which performed in the Square on Sunday mornings”. (RBH)
Gilbert died in Nottingham Road in August 1874, aged 71.
Son John Allen died in Nottingham Road in October 1883, aged 36.
A few months after the death of her son — in March 1884 — Mary Ann Gilbert tried unsuccessfully to auction off the ‘estate’ which was described as fronting Park Road and Nottingham Road.
Mary Ann died also in Nottingham Road in February 1887, aged 78.
Gilbert’s younger brother John, a plumber and glazier, had married Mary Ann’s younger sister Sarah Stella in January 1839.
When John died, Sarah Stella lived for a time with her sister and brother-in-law at their Nottingham Road farm.
And this brings us into White Lion Square and the streets leading off from it.
Below the site of the present St John’s Church in Nottingham Road there were no more than about 20 houses before reaching the Erewash.