Park Road

Ilkeston Pioneer December 9th 1869


Leaving behind neighbours Hithersay, Brand and Raynes, Adeline accompanies us, “returning to White Lion Square, which had three shops in it.”

Samuel Rice … again

“The first was under a tree at the top of Park Road.   
Mr. Samuel Rice took this, leaving the one in the Market Place”. …. we have already met him there.
“He was a grocer, and when he retired from business, went to live on a farm at Kirk Hallam.”

Born in 1836 Samuel Rice was one of the nine children of tailor Richard and Hannah (nee Meer), all born in Ilkeston, before the majority of the family moved to Basford in the 1850’s.

The oldest surviving child, Samuel, a stone miner, remained at Club Row in Ilkeston and in March 1860 married Mary Shaw, youngest child of labourer William and Mary (nee Mather).

By 1871 the couple and their five children – one had died and several more were to follow — had moved to number 48 Park Road and Samuel was now a grocer while Mary was listed in the census as a baker.

There were further moves into Market Street where the family retained a grocery shop and to Little Hallam, before eventually Samuel and Mary moved to live at Ladywood Farm in Kirk Hallam, where Samuel died in October 1905.


Pioneer correspondent ‘Aesculapius’ (January 1871):
When is Park-road to be improved? The cricketers and the Floral Society having deprived the public of the most delightful walk in the town, that around the Cricket Ground*, it is now more than ever necessary that Park-road, and the footpath to the Park and Cossall, by Mr. Norman’s**, should be clean and accessible. If members of the Board had often to walk in these directions, I think they would see that Park-road was improved, and that the filthy alley leading out of High-street was regularly attended to by old George, when sweeping the gutters in that quarter’.

*The Cricket Ground was at the other end of Market Street, at the southern side of St. Mary’s Church and we shall be there shortly. Previously open to the public, in 1871 it had been enclosed and shut off by a high wooden fence.

**‘Mr. Norman’s’ was Dalby House — now home of Erewash Museum — and the ‘filthy alley’ leading out of High Street went past Severn’s Yard, over Hilly Holies and what is now Park Cemetery, to Larklands and the Erewash Canal.


“One of the two first houses on the north side was tenanted by Mr. and Mrs. Amos Tatham and their family, They came from Crich about 1853 or 4.
“They had three sons, Herbert, William and Edmund. The latter died before reaching manhood.  The daughters were Eliza and Sarah.
“The other property was very old, some of the cottages faced south, the backs being to the road.

We have already met this Tatham family in Nottingham Road.

The ‘Edmund’ mentioned by Adeline was probably Arthur Amos who died in Stanley Street in April 1893, aged 30.

Traffic warning 1 !!

In 1866 two-year-old Harry Meer, son of coalminer William and Mary (nee Harrison), was playing in the horse-road outside his Park Road home when he was run over by a horseman, riding up the road. Initially the accident appeared to be leading to the infant’s death but, attended by Dr. Date, he progressed well and made a complete recover

No blame was attached to the horseman as there was a slight turn in the road at the scene of the accident but the view was expressed that the parents should have known better than to allow the child to wander out.

Harry Meer died at 10 Dale Street in January 1911.

Traffic warning 2 !!

January 23rd 1888, just after 1 pm … in his pony cart, Alderman Henry Clay was travelling to Park Farm, the home of his daughter, Annie Belfield Potter (widow of farmer John Cecil Potter). With him he had two grandchildren, Bertie (Gilbert Marcus) and Willie (William Cullen) Wilkinson, aged 6 and 3 respectively — sons of Gilbert and Mary Belfield Wilkinson. They were turning into Park Road from Market Street, too quickly, such that the cart overturned and pitched the occupants out into the street. The horse, which had a reputation for being troublesome, then shot off, down Park Road and only stopped a mile or so later, when it reached the farm.

Meanwhile Henry and the two lads, now with numerous cuts, bruises and grazes, had been rescued from the road. The youngsters, though shaken, quickly recovered, but there was more concern for Henry, now almost 70. Dr. Albert Roland, Henry’s son-in-law, was sent for and administered the bandages etc. before the three injured were transported home.


One family greatly ‘attached’ to Park Road were the Walkers.