The Local Board; a Victorian melodrama

We must now introduce the Local Board and examine what it was, what role it played in the development of gas provision in Ilkeston, and what part it played in other aspects of town life. In the process we will be introduced to several prominent Ilkeston personalities many of whom we shall meet again as we continue our walk.
Readers should be aware that some of the scenes which follow contain bad language and acts of bloody violence.

From 1864 until 1887 ‘the officials running the business of the town were embodied in the Ilkeston (Local) Board’.
But before that there was the Highway Board.