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  • The general cemetery on Stanton road was created as a 2-acre parcel in 1864.
  • The corporation of Ilkeston created Park Cemetery out of 22.5 acres. The first burial here was in 1892.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the Park Cemetery entrance on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
  • The webpage author has a report that the cemetery was closed to further burials in 1947.
  • The Ilkeston and District Historical Society have created a Portable Document File (you will need Adobe Reader) about the cemetery, its history and some of its occupants. You'll find this at Stanton Road Cemetery.
  • John BENISTON has a photograph of the Stanton Road Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.


  • The parish was in the Ilkeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2126
1861 R.G. 9 / 2436 and 2437
1891 R.G. 12 / 2664 thru 2666


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ilkeston area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church tower and spire were damaged in a great storm in 1714. In 1731 the tower was rebuilt. In 1855 that tower was removed a a new tower was built.
  • The church seats 700.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of St. Mary's Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2006.
  • A mission church, dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, was built in 1893-94 on Nottingham Road.
  • The mission church seats 300.
  • Holy Trinity was established as an ecclesiastical parish in 1888. The church of Holy Trinity was completed in 1890 on Granby Street, but was completed with no tower. Mining in the area left doubt that a tower could stand.
  • Holy Trinity Church seats 500.
  • The church of Saint Bartholomew was built in Hallam Fields in 1896.
  • St. Bartholomew Church seats 450.
  • The Church of Christ was built in Cotmanhay in 1847-48.
  • Christ Church seats 600.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1586, but the years 1676 and 1679 are missing.
  • The register for Holy Trinity church dates from 1888.
  • The register for Christ Church dates from 1848.
  • Marriages at Ilkeston, 1588-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • We have a pop-up window of Cotmanhay register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the Ilkeston rural deanery.
  • The Baptists had a chapel here on Queen street founded in 1784.
  • The Catholic Church, dedicated to Our Lady and Saint Thomas of Hereford, was built in 1862 on Regent Street.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of The Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Salvation Army Hall in Chapel Street on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ilkeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ILKESTON is small, improving market-town, and watering place, of modern date, in the parish of its name and hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, about nine miles and a half N. E. from Derby, eight W. by N. from Nottingham, nearly 15 S. by W. from Mansfield, and ten S.E. from Belper. It stands on an elevated site near the river Erewash, commanding beautiful prospects in every direction, and its situation is considered remarkably healthy. Both the Erewash and the Nutbrook canals pass through the parish, affording a communication with the rivers Trent and Mersey. This place was anciently called Elchestane, and obtained a grant for a market and fair so early as 1251."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish is about 125 miles north of the city of London. The parish contains the hamlet of Hallam Fields 2 miles south-east of the town. Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the Ilkeston Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2003.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ilkeston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • The town hall in the Market place was built in 1868.
  • The town received its charter of incorporation in 1887.
  • Ilkeston was granted a charter to have a Fair in 1252. To find out more about this, see  Ilkeston Fair History
  • The Gallows Inn on the Nottingham Road also served as a post office and telegraph office in 1912.

Medical Records

  • Ilkeston Hospital on Heanor road was built in 1893 with separate wards for children, men and women. It had a single operating room, a mortuary and several outbuildings. This is now the Ilkeston Community Hospital (part of the NHS).
  • A Municipal Borough Sanatorium was also built in 1893 to hold 18 patients.
  • The author does not know what records have been retained. Hospitals were not required to archive their patient records. And the 1998 Data Protection Act makes sharing recent patient records even more unlikely.

Military History

  • In 1912, G Company of the 5th Battalion of Sherwwod Foresters was headquarted here at the Armoury on Stanton Road. Captain G. G. BAILEY, commanding; color-srgt. M. McPHERSON, drill instructor..
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial at the Roll of Honour website.

Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial in the Market Place. The names are listed at Ilkeston History.

One name on the memorial is: Thomas John FRISBY, died 1915.

Names, Geographical

  • The ancient name for this place was "Tichestone".


  • The Heanor Advertiser was published here every Friday.
  • The local newspaper has been the "Ilkeston Advertiser", published weekly.
  • The Ilkeston Pioneer was a Conservative newspaper, also published every Friday by Wilfred EDMUNDS.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1794.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Basford Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ilkeston petty session hearings at the Town Hall every Thursday.