Around and About Town

A selection of photographs taken at various locations that form part of the Society’s latest book, Around and About Town, compiled by Stephen Flinders, Alan Edwards and David Hudson. There are many more pictures in the book and details can be found in the Publications section.

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Burr Lane

This picture, taken in the 1980s, is looking north along Burr Lane. When the Inner Relief Road was constructed in 1993, the houses on the right were lost to it, but most of the houses on the left still remain. In the distance can be seen the former Erewash Valley Brewery, premises which were also used by Ariel Pressings, a firm in the radio and television component business and later by car accessory business Carr Fastenings.

Chapel Street

This picture in particular demonstrates how much some parts of Ilkeston have changed. Both Lodge Row, pictured on the left in 1974 and the nearby Chapel Row, stood off the north side of Chapel Street. Lodge Row consisted of two terraces of houses, seven on the west side, six on the east. It is interesting that the only point of reference in these two pictures is the three-storey building which was formerly David Johnson’s DIY and Art Shop on Station Road.

Cotmanhay Road

The Hand and Heart on Cotmanhay Road came into being around 1872. It appears therewere two houses set back from the road onto which the frontage seen here was constructed. The original Hand and Heart was demolished in 1906 and a new one, designed by local architect Harry Tatham Sudbury, built in its place. This in turn was demolished fllowing a fire which occurred in 2002.


This view along Pimlico looking eastwards towards the King’s Head Inn in 1961. The street was eventaully declared a Clearance Area in 1972 and numbers 1 to 11 were acquired for demolition in 1974. Throughout their existence, these houses on Pimlico retained their original panelled doors with lights over and small canopies, the sash windows having bold lintels. Other dwellings to the rear had plainer front elevations.