The definitive source for this period of Ilkeston Town Council’s history is “Ilkeston as a Borough” (1974) by Cyril Hargreaves. However there might be something in the following collection of anecdotes which may be of interest, and not covered by Cyril.
So let’s start with the second 1887 Local Election in November. When we were reading about the transfer of local power from the Local Board to the Borough Council in May 1887, we examined the first 1887 election, and left with Mayor Francis Sudbury in “ebullient mood“; he had been sworn in as Ilkeston’s first mayor and had now just been appointed as a county magistrate.
So, on to the Election of November 1887