The Wilkinsons of Little Hallam

Below the Cemetery grounds …..

At the bottom of Stanton Road on the East side, near Little Hallam, were two old detached houses.
Mr. Wilkinson lived in one.

Isaac Wilkinson and his family were long-term residents of the Stanton Road/Little Hallam area.
He was born in Cossall in 1820, the son of cottager Henry and Mary (nee Badder).
In 1841 he was working at the Little Hallam farm of John Taylor with his older brother James, and in November 1845 he married Elizabeth Straw who was living just up Boot Lane with her parents, sawyer William and Catherine (nee White).
During the rest of his life Isaac remained wedded to Elizabeth and to Little Hallam.
He died there in February 1888.
His widow Elizabeth also died there in December 1905, aged 79.

Sons William, Robert and Isaac junior were equally attached to the area.
The only son to tear himself away was Henry and he got as far as Park Road before leaving the town in the later years of the century… to arrive at Breaston.
The only other son was James and his unfortunate death has been noted. (See George Small, a terror to evil-doers).

The only Wilkinson daughter was Catherine who married Jacob Hawkins at St. Mary’s Church on Christmas Day of 1883 and went to live in Belper Street.
(On the same day and at the same place her brother Isaac married Ruth Flatman, daughter of Norfolk labourer Robert and Mary).

Jacob was the son of iron founder William Hawkins and worked with his father before trading as a gunsmith and ‘cycle engineer’.

This is the Bull’s Head Inn on Little Hallam Lane, close to the croft where young James Wilkinson (above) died.

In March 1875 William Small gave up his licence at the inn to John Harris, victualler of South Clifton near Nottingham.

By 1881 the inn was in the hands of William Henry Hardy, who, about 1884, passed it over to Matthias Pacey. In the late 1880’s it was back in the hands of William Small’s family. About ten years later it passed to Godfrey Beardsley and it is his name above the door in about 1900.

Accident Black spot !! Alert !!  May 1885. Philip Bacon, grocer of South Street, was in his cart travelling down Stanton Road and turning into Little Hallam Lane when he was amazed to see an unaccompanied horse, pulling an unoccupied cart, racing towards him. Unable to navigate that corner, the runaway horse turned violently into the Bull's Head Inn yard and sustaining some, but not life-threatening, injuries. The cart and horse belonged to lace maker William Barber of Stanton by Dale who had involuntarily parted company with his transport as he was leaving home that morning, about to travel to Ilkeston. The horse and cart subsequently made the journey without the driver, and William had to find alternative means of transport to be reunited with his errant animal.

We now walk back up Stanton Road towards White Lion Square, where we meet more Carriers.