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Ilkeston

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Archives and Libraries

The Artizans' and Mechanics' Library in bath Street was opened in 1834 and held 800 volumes.

The Free LIbrary in the Market Place was opened in 1904.

The Ilkeston branch of the Derbyshire Library on Market Street is open six days a week. It has a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your searches.

In addition, the Library has a learning and training centre with eight PC workstations, Internet connected. Check the schedule before using, because classes may be scheduled.

Cotmanhay, just north of Ilkeston village, is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the Monyash Close every fourth Friday in the late morning.

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Bibliography

Ann FEATHERSTONE and Beverley KILBY, Ilkeston as it was — Its history in 50 chapters, publ: Ilkeston and District Local History Society, ISBN-13: 978-1526703200.

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Cemeteries

  • 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.
     
  • The man in charge of the cemetery in 1895 was William SHAKESPEARE.
     
  • John BENISTON has a photograph of the Stanton Road Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Ilkeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2126
1861 R.G. 9 / 2436 and 2437
1871 R.G. 10 / 3481 thru 3483
1891 R.G. 12 / 2664 thru 2666

Churches

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

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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 tower was taken down again in 1909, the nave was doubled in size and a brand new tower erected. The bells were recast, too, and the organ renovated. The church re-opened in 1911.
     
  • The church seats 825.
     
  • 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 church was completed in 1911.
     
  • This church's ecclesiastical parish was formed in January, 1912.
     
  • The mission church seats 504.
     
  • 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.
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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 General Baptists had a chapel here on Queen street founded in 1784 which was enlarged in 1842 to seat 500.
     
  • 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.
     
  • The Independent chapel, Pimlico, was built in 1781 and taken down and rebuilt in 1849.
     
  • The Congregational chapel, Wharncliffe Road, was founded in 1772 and rebuilt in 1905.
     
  • There was another Congregational chapel, somewhat smaller, in Kensington.
     
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Salvation Army Hall in Chapel Street on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
     
  • The Unitarians had a chapel on Stamford Street.
     
  • The United Methodists had a chapel on High Street, founded in 1700.
     
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Civil Registration

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

The parish is about 125 miles north of the city of London, 8 miles west by north from Nottingham city and 9 miles east-north-east from Derby city. The village sits on a hill overlooking the Erewash Canal. Traditionally, the Nutbrook Canal is the western border of the parish. The parish contains the hamlet of Hallam Fields 2 miles south-east of the town.

Cotmanhay was a hamlet in this parish just north of Ilkeston village. There was also a chapelry of Cotmanhay that included the hamlet and spread over part of Ilkeston and Heanor parishes. This hamlet/chapelry adjoined the Erewash River and Canal, and abutted the border with Nottingham.

The Pewit Carr Local Nature Reserve is a great place to relax and enjoy the views. It comprises a section of the Nutbrook Canal, a pond, carr woodland and a meadow.

Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the Ilkeston Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2003.

You can see pictures of Ilkeston which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

  • The transcription of the section for Ilkeston from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin HINSON.
     
  • We have this transcription of the section for Ilkeston from John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72:
"ILKESTON, a town and a parish in Derbyshire, a sub-district partly also in Notts, and all in the district of Basford. The town stands on a hill, at the terminus of a short branch of the Erewash Valley railway, near the Erewash canal, the Erewash river, and the boundary with Notts, 9 miles NE by E of Derby.It was anciently called Elchestane; it obtained a grant for a market and a fair in 1251; it was once, in the time of a plague, the place of the Notts assizes; it possesses freedom from toll in Derby and Nottingham, on the strange condition of keeping a gallows; and it has lately risen into note as a watering place, in connexion with the discovery of a mineral spring. The water of this spring is said to differ from that of every other spa in England, and to resemble that of Seltzer in Germany; and it is used as well for bathing as for drinking. Baths were erected in 1830, and enlarged in 1832; and they stand contiguous to a well appointed hotel. The town has a post office‡ under Nottingham, a railway station, gas works, water works, a church, five dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a town hall of 1 866, and several public schools; and publishes a newspaper. The church comprises nave, aisles, chancel, and chantry-chapel, with lofty pinnac1ed tower; and contains a stone screen in the decorated style, and an interesting ancient monument. A weekly market is held on Thursday; fairs are held on 5 March, Whit Thursday, the last Thursday of Oct., and the Thursday after Christmas; and the manufacture of hosiery and lace is extensively carried on. Pop. in 1861, 3, 330. Houses, 709. "

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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.

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History

  • A tramway used to bring coal from the mines above the town to the Rutland Wharf on the Erewash Canal.
     
  • Ilkeston was granted a charter to have a Fair in 1252. To find out more about this, see  Ilkeston Fair History
     
  • Market days were on Thursday and Saturday. A hiring fair for servants was held on the last Thursday in October.
     
  • The town hall in the Market place was built in 1868.
     
  • The town received its charter of incorporation in 1887.
     
  • The Gallows Inn on the Nottingham Road also served as a post office and telegraph office in 1912.
     
  • The police station on Wharncliffe Road opened in 1906.
     
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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). Miss Alice DEAN was the Matron in 1895 and Miss M. W. THOMPSON was the matron in 1911.
     
  • 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.
     
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Military History

  • Inside the church there is an altar tomb with the effigy of a Crusader knight sculpted in stone, with a dog at his feet. The figure is intended to represent Nicholas Cantilupe (c1290 - 1355), Lord of Ilkestone. The stone is from Malta where he reportedly died in 1355 of disease, during a crusade. Tradition assigns to him the construction of the church chancel.
     
  • In 1895 only half of M Company of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of Sherwood Foresters was here. Captain M. HUNTER, commanding; Lieut. W. E. WALKER, instructor.
     
  • In 1912, G Company of the 5th Battalion of Sherwood Foresters was headquarted here at the Armoury on Stanton Road. Captain G. G. BAILEY, commanding; color-srgt. Malcolm McPHERSON, drill instructor.
     
  • During World War I, the Red Cross set up Ilkeston Hospital, Heanor Road, as a military hospital treating wounded service members.
     
  • On 31st January 1916 a Zeppelin (airship L20) flew over the East Midlands passing over Ilkeston and the Stanton Iron Works and dropping bombs on the way. Walter WILSON of Station Road Ilkeston and James HALL of Stapleford were both killed by the bombing.
     
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial at the Roll of Honour website.
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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.

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Duncan SHAW, Phd, 1898-1999, army marksman and explosives expert was born here.

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Names, Geographical

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

  • You can always see local news at the Derby Telegraph.
     
  • 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, created by John WOMBELL in 1853 and also published every Friday by Wilfred EDMUNDS. The Pioneer ceased publication on March 23rd 1967.
     
  • In 1849, Mr. Thomas R. POTTER took on the role of Editor of the Ilkeston Advertiser. In 1856, he transferred his role as Editor to The Ilkeston Pioneer. In 1858, he helped start a new newspaper, the Leicester Guardian.
     
  • In 1836 Thomas Russell POTTER of Wymeswold, noted poet and prose writer, married Frances Sarah FOSBROOK. He wrote "A History of Charnwood Forest" in 1842. In 1849 Mr. POTTER accepted the editorship of the Leicester Advertiser, In 1856, Mr. POTTER became editor of the Ilkeston Pioneer. In 1858, he left the Leicester Advertiser and transferred to the Leicester Guardian, a new paper, which he assisted to start. In 1865, Mr. POTTER assumed the editorship of the Loughborough Monitor. Mr. POTTER was a fertile writer both in prose and verse on local subjects. He is buried in Wymeswold churchyard.
     
  • The Derbyshire Library has almost complete files, on microfilm, of all known Ilkeston newspapers:
  • Ilkeston Advertiser 1881 to present
  • Ilkeston News 1855 to 1858
  • Ilkeston Leader 1861 to 1863
  • Ilkeston and Erewash Valley Telegraph 1868 to 1879
  • Nottingham Review 1808 to 1870 (incomplete)
  • Ilkeston Pioneer 1853 to 1967
  • Ilkeston Journal 1896 to 1900
  • Ilkeston Observer 1923 to 1927
  • The Gazette 1933 to 1939
  • Ilkeston and Ripley Trader 1982 to present
  • Ilkeston Express 1989 to present.
     

Jon CANTRILL tells us that the Derby Mercury for Wednesday December 19th 1900 mentions a Charles HANFORD, 19 of Ilkeston.

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Obituaries

The Ilkeston Advertiser still caries obituaries on its back pages.

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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).
     
  • The Town Hall was built in 1868.
     
  • The parish formed a Municipal Borough encompassing Cotmanhay in 1887. The town received a charter of incorporation dated 31 Jan. 1887.
     
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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.
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Schools

A National School for boys was held in a room above the Butter Cross in the 1800s and early 1900s. Average attendance was about 80.

A Girls' School was built in 1851 in front of the church. It was built to accommodate up to 130 girls.

A British School was erected in Bath Street in 1845.

The Stanton Iron Works School (mixed and infants) was built in 1879 and enlarged in 1898.

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Societies