The Hooley family

(Two beerhouses)

Again in Nottingham Road. In one house lived the Hooley family. (In 1871 this was 65 Nottingham Road).
Miss Hooley had a girls’ school.

This Hooley family was another one fiercely attached to this part of town.
The father of the family was Trowell-born cordwainer Esau, son of John and Millicent (nee Bacon).
The mother was Cossall-born Ann Wheatley, daughter of framework knitter Mark and Sarah (nee Wallner).
The couple married at Cossall in April 1829 and at least nine children were born to them.
They moved to the Hunger Hill area in the early 1840’s and the parents remained there for the rest of their lives.
As did sons Thomas, Esau junior, Oscar Joseph, Mark Wheatley and John.

Still residing in Nottingham Road, shoemaker Esau junior died of ’alcohol poisoning’ in January 1893, after a Christmas drinking celebration with his brother who lived in Derby. He was a ‘portly man’ weighing about 20 stones.

Elder brother and master shoemaker Thomas died five months later at 274 Nottingham Road.

Daughter Sarah was the schoolmistress.
In 1863 she found herself residing in Bath Street, next door to cordwainer John Chadwick, a proximity which led to an appearance at Ilkeston Petty Sessions.
A common gutter served both Sarah’s school and John’s house, taking away rain water from both premises. The pair had quarrelled and the result was an unseemly ‘water-fight’ interlaced with a variety of other assaults.
The magistrates couldn’t sort out the contradictory evidence, dismissed the case and ordered both to pay costs.


Little Hallam Lane was simply a lane.

Traffic warning!  April 12th 1879.

Having just delivered a parcel in Trowell for his father Charles, George William Woolliscroft was riding his pony up Nottingham Road when the animal was startled by seven-year-old Jesse Clifton who was ‘obstructing the highway’. The pony reared and George William was thrown to the ground but not seriously injured.
This was not the first time the pony had been frightened by loitering lads and although he wished the practice to cease George William didn’t really want to press the matter.
Thus when the lad appeared at the Petty Sessions he was admonished by the Bench and the case was withdrawn.

Jesse’s mother, Eliza (nee Phillips), informed the magistrates that the lad had been severely flogged by her husband, ironworks labourer John Walter.

At the bottom of Nottingham Road we meet Thomas Attenborough.