Towns of West Nottinghamshire and the Erewash Valley


The Erewash Valley is located to the west of Nottingham and forms the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is both rural and industrial in character and despite it's coal mining history it still has beautiful unspoilt countryside. The principal subject of this website is the town of Eastwood but my aim is also to give information and photographs of the surrounding towns together with links to more photographs and other resources. If you run a website on any of these towns, or any organistion based locally, email me and I will add a link.

Please also see the interactive map of the region which shows the relative position of all the towns on this page.


Eastwood

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Eastwood is an important shopping centre and industrial town. It was the birthplace of the poet and author D H Lawrence. There are many other pages on this website devoted exclusively to Eastwood.

Picture Gallery of Old Eastwood | Eastwood Interactive Map | History of EastwoodEastwood Phoenix Project | Eastwood and D H Lawrence | D H Lawrence Birthplace | Eastwood and it's Collieries | Eastwoods Canals and Rivers | Eastwood Pubs | Eastwood St Marys Church | Eastwood Comprehensive School | Eastwood Town Football Club | Joe's Eastwood Town FC Site | Virtual Eastwood | Lawrencetown | Eastwood Phoenix Project - Browtowe BC Site | Durban House | Interactive Map of West Nottinghamshire


Hilltop

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A small shopping area just along Nottingham Road from Eastwood. The Man in Space and Greasley Castle pubs are in the centre of the town but there was a previous pub called the Coach and Horses, which was originally an old coaching inn, with stables to the rear.

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The War Memorial at Hilltop at the bottom of Edward Road.

The Man in Space | Greasley Castle Inn | Hilltop AOG Church


Kimberley

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Kimberley lies about two miles south east of Eastwood and is a small town. It is famous throughout the East Midlands for it's brewery. The heart of the town is dominated by Sainsbury's supermarket, from where the above photograph was taken. Also to the left of the photograph is the town's distinctive war memorial pictured also below.

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Kimberley was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Chinemarilie. It was originally part of the parish of Greasley and became a parish in it's own right in 1848. It's chief industries were it's collieries, hosiery and tanning

Before the building of Sainsburys, the Wolsey Hosiery Factory stood in the heart of the town in Victoria Mills. The picture below was taken in 1950 and still has the look out platform on the roof, used by volunteers during enemy air raids during the war, to spot incendiary bombs landing on the roof. The factory closed in 1983 and was demolished in 1985

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Near to Kimberley is the village of Swingate. Perched on higher ground, it's TV transmitter and water tower are landmarks visible for miles around.

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Kimberley Baptist Church | Kimberley Brewery | Forty Bridges


Ilkeston

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Ilkeston is the principal town of the Erewash Valley and the third largest town in Derbyshire. It is a major shopping and industrial centre. The above view shows the church in the market place.

Recently a coal mining area, like Eastwood it has now moved on to other industries, noteably textiles, with the closure of the mines. It's other previous industry was iron and steel and there was a major steelworks at Stanton and Staveley. again now closed

Ilkeston is listed in the Domesday book as 'Tilchestune' but is known to all the local residents as 'Ilson' It is famous for it's annual fair held in the Market Place and surrounding streets each October, granted by Royal Charter in 1252 by Henry III.

Ilkeston Homepage | Bennerley Viaduct | Cotmanhay


Awsworth

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Awsworth is a small village close to Ilkeston.

Forty Bridges | Bennerley Viaduct


Cossall

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Cossall is a small village of great beauty between Kimberley and Ilkeston. It was the setting for the D H Lawrence novel 'The Rainbow'


Heanor

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Heanor is a small town in Derbyshire with a dominant position at the top of a steep hill, looking down on the Erewash Valley. The above photograph shows the market place on a rainy Autumn day.


Langley Mill

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Straddling the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border between Eastwood and Heanor, on the banks of the Erewash is Langley Mill. The town grew up as a result of the building of the canal network and was the meeting place of the Nottingham, Erewash and Cromford Canals. Also the Great Northern Railway passed through the town. A 1774 map shows only a water mill here, but by 1832 houses had been built to accomodate canal employees as well as wharves and warehouses. With the decline in importance of these forms of transport the worker's housing was eventually demolished but the town together with newer housing remains

River Erewash | Erewash Canal | Canal Basin


Nuthall

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A village cut in half by the M1 motorway, mainly residential housing estates. The above photograph shows the church to the left of the picture.

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Another view of Nuthall Church

Nuthall Temple

Nuthall Temple was demolished in 1929 and the ruins finally disappeared to make way for the M1 Motorway in 1966. The lake and trees which formed part of the grounds are still in existence. These used to form part of the Manor and were originally owned by the St Patricks. The estate was owned by Sir Charles Sedley in the mid eighteenth century and the Temple was built between 1754 and 1757. It stood nearby the site occupied by the original manor house. In 1819 the estate was bought by Robert Holden and remained in the possession of the family until the estate was broken up and sold in 1929, at which point the temple was demolished.

The temple was built in the style of the Villa Capra, near Vicenza in Italy, designed by Palladio. The architecht of Nuthall is not known. It was built around an octagonal hall occupying both floors and was topped by a dome. The walls were decorated with rococo plasterwork depicting Aesop's fables. It stood on the highest ground in the park with panoramic views in all directions.

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The Temple and its interior

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Little now remains of the temple. The gothic summer house is still there, now in a private garden. The Yew Tree Walk, which was once a private path to the church, is now a drive to a house. widened to provide vehicular access. By the side of the Three Ponds public house is a pillar which formed the main entrance. The name 'Three Ponds' refers to the three ponds in the temple gardens, of which only one remains

The Three Ponds


Watnall

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A small village close to Nuthall and Kimberley. It consists of two hamlets, Watnall Chaworth and Watnall Cantelupe. The squires of the village were the Rolleston family who lived at Watnall Hall. Like the Canteloupes at Greasley, the Rollestons were supporters of Charles I during the civel war. The last of the Rolleston family died in 1941 and the Hall was demolished in 1962 and the site used for housing.

In the past Watnall has held an RAF camp ( it was the headquarters of 12 Group Fighter Command during the war ), a coal mine with brickyard and Nottingham Weather Centre, all now closed. Watnall still has a large bakery. Site of the annual Moorgreen Show, an agricultural show held on Front Park on August bank holiday.

Watnall Colliery and Brickworks | Moorgreen Show | The Queens Head | The Royal Oak


Greasley

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Greasley is a small village and a Parish, dating back to the Domesday Book. It has a church and the ruins of a castle. At one time it had the distinction of being the largest parish in the country measuring twenty miles around it's boundaries. Unlike most villages it has little housing and is mainly farmland and the above view shows the approach from Watnall with the church in the distance.

Greasley Church | Greasley Castle


Giltbrook

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Between Newthorpe and Kimberley, the village of Giltbrook has recently had the addition of many new housing estates, greatly increasing it's population. Another former mining town the local mine was called Lodge Colliery but known by everyone as 'Billy Hall's Pit'

Giltbrook takes is place in history as the site of the ending of the Pentrich Revolution in 1817

The Hayloft | Lodge Colliery


Newthorpe

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On the outskirts of Eastwood, this is a mainly residential area.The name is of Danish origin and is listed in the Domesday book as Neutorp. It used to be a mining community and the New London Colliery, which closed in 1937 was on the outskirts of the village. Newthorpe incorporates the hamlet of Beauvale, originally known as Bella Vallis and taking it's name from the nearby priory. The name was converted to it's French equivalent in the middle ages.

It used to have five pubs, The Foresters Arms, the Ram Inn, the Old Spot, the Miners Rest and the Black Bull, but only the first two have survived until today, the rest have been converted to private dwellings.

Dovecote Road takes it's name from a dovecote, or pigeon house once situated there which was owned by one of the early lords of the manor, the birds being killed in Winter as a source of food.

Newthorpe Baptist Church | The Foresters Arms | The Ram Inn


Moorgreen

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Extending between Newthorpe and Greasley, this is a mainly residential area. The name derived from  two local areas of land, one rough moorland and the other rich grazing land called 'The Green'

The Horse and Groom pub was built on the site of a former coaching inn. Across the road from the pub is Manor Farm. A little further down the road is an ancient circular stone building called the Bull Pound, once used for impounding stray bulls and cattle found on the highway and from where the owners could retrieve the animals on payment of a fine.

Moorgreen also used to have a coal mine, which closed in 1985, the site is now an industrial estate and landscaped woodland. The reservoir is a local beauty spot and source of water. The original site of Moorgreen Show was between The Colliery and the Horse and Groom but moved to the larger site at Watnall for reasons of space.

Moorgreen Colliery | Colliers Wood | The Horse and Groom | Moorgreen URC | Moorgreen Reservoir


Brinsley

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One mile to the north of Eastwood, this is a village consisting mainly of residential housing. Like Kimberley, Brinsley was once part of Greasley parish, becoming a parish in it's own right in 1866. It was mentioned in the Domesday Survey as Brunesleia. It used to have a colliery, now closed and is now a sizeable village.

Brinsley Colliery


Hucknall

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Hucknall is a former coal mining town on the outskirts of Nottingham. It is listed in the Domesday book as 'Hochenale' and was subsequently known as Torkard for many years, after the Torcard family and was finally renamed Hucknall in 1915.

Hucknall used to be famous for it's airfield, used for active service in the war. After the war it was used as a testing ground for Rolls Royce and it was here that the world's first Vertical Take Off Aircraft, the Flying Bedstead, flew. There were also annual air shows held here. The airfield is no longer used. It has close links with the local Newstead Abbey, where the poet Lord Byron lived and Byron is buried in the family vault in the parish church.

Hucknall Heritage Page


Aerial View of Nottingham


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