Ilkeston is a town within the Borough of Erewash, in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the River Erewash, from which the local borough takes its name. Its population at the 2001 census was 37,550, increasing to 38,640 at the 2011 Census.[2] Its major industries were traditionally coal mining, iron working and lace making / textiles, but these have all but disappeared in the last few decades.

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We're always seeing interesting things at our monthly informal meetings at the U-Choose Smoothie Bar. Recently, a century-old autograph album was brought in. The original owner had sewed and embroidered a linen envelope to keep it safe, but it's a chance survivor that we can all recognise.

Ilkeston-born actor Robert Lindsay met with the Society’s President Danny and Chairman Stephen Flinders at Paul’s Smoothie Bar on Bath Street, Ilkeston recently to discuss events for the Society’s Golden Jubilee Year, of which he has very kindly agreed to be Patron.

Ilkeston is a traditional market town centrally located halfway between Nottingham and Derby in the borough of Erewash with a population of around 44,000. The town sits beside Junction 25 of the M1 and has good links to most major cities within Britain.

So, if you are thinking of setting up a business or even planning a visit, this website should tell you all you need to know!

Seasoned spokesperson for the Society, Danny Corns was very pleased to conclude a project to commemorate the birthplace of an internationally-known son of Ilkeston, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Duncan Shaw. His story will appear in the next Herald.

On 31st January 1916 a Zeppelin flew over the East Midlands passing over Ilkeston and the Stanton Iron Works and dropping bombs on the way. This plaque, placed on the north wall of St Bartholemew’s Church in Hallam Fields, records the event and the names of the only two local men who lost their lives that night, Walter Wilson of Station Road Ilkeston and James Hall of Stapleford.

We are proud to be supporting When you wish upon a Star as our charity of the year for 2016.

He’s seen in this photograph talking with two good friends of the Society, Robert Attewell of Ilkeston Life newspaper (left) and Paul Opiah, Smoothie Bar Proprietor.

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This website aims to promote businesses and events in the town as well as offering a detailed directory of businesses in the area and information on how to get more involved with the Erewash Partnership.

Copies of the new book will be available at just £10.

A recently rediscovered certificate celebrating the Ilkeston Corps of St John Amulance’s fifty years of service was brought in to one of IDLHS’s Saturday morning open sessions recently. This was first presented to the Ilkeston Corps in 1949, so we contacted SJA so we could give it back.

The town is close to both Derby and Nottingham and is near to the M1 motorway. Although Ilkeston lies within Derbyshire, it is closer to Nottingham than it is to Derby. The eastern boundary of Ilkeston is only two miles from Nottingham's western edge. Ilkeston is considered by the Office for National Statistics to be part of the Nottingham Urban Area.

The current Unit has about 20 members, doing public duties in and around Ilkeston. The youth side starts at 10-years-old and the adults start at 17½-years-old. They meet at the Arena in Ilkeston on Monday nights at 6.30 for the youth side and adults at 7.45. New members of all ages are always welcomed.

A hundred years ago mourners who could afford it followed the hearse in a special carriage supplied by the undertaker. Barry Dibb has discovered the remains of such a conveyance and his report is here.

Welcome to the Ilkeston and District Local History Society (IDLHS) website. If you are a new visitor, please find time to browse through the pages. The site features information on the history of Ilkeston and district and you can find details on the About the IDLHS page.

Next meeting: Saturday 24th September from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

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Ilkeston Market Place is the site of a Charter fair.[8] The fair celebrated its 760th anniversary in 2012, the Charter being granted by King Henry III in 1252. This makes the fair older than Nottingham's famous Goose Fair and it is one of the largest street fairs in the Country, indeed in Europe.

“We’re delighted to return this to its rightful owner,” said Chairman Alan Edwards. “This is an important document for St John’s — it’s part of their history.”


Launch is on Saturday 8th October, 10am-1pm at the Smoothie Bar at the top of Bath Street. Come and meet the authors.

A look at some of the events, people and things that have shaped the Ilkeston we know today and celebrating 50 years of the Ilkeston and District Local History Society.

Ilkeston was probably founded in the 6th century AD, and gets its name from its supposed founder, Elch or Elcha, who was an Anglian chieftain ("Elka's Tun" = Elka's Town). The town appears as Tilchestune in the Domesday Book when it was owned principally by Gilbert de Ghent. Gilbert also controlled nearby Shipley, West Hallam and Stanton by Dale.[3] Ilkeston was created a borough by Queen Victoria in 1887.

Hednesford Town New Manor Ground Tuesday 20th September 7:45pm

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The plaque was unveiled by Fred Wilson, the great nephew of Walter Wilson.

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Ilkeston is one of several places where the distinctive dialect of East Midlands English is extensively spoken. Ilkeston is referred to as 'Ilson' in this dialect. One might greet a friend with "Eh up, me duck!" or "Ah do?".

The Ilkeston branch was one of the earliest to be set up, following representation to the St John Ambulance by the Duke of Rutland. “Miners were trained to be a quick medical response following accidents,” said Craig. “From these beginnings, the Ilkeston Branch was created in 1898 to cover public and private events, just as it does today.”

v Hednesford Town (NPL (H)) 20 Sep 2016, 7:45pm - New Manor Ground

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Railway Tales — already on the third printing! Find ordering details for this book and others on the Publications page.

The American Adventure, a large theme park which closed in 2007, was located on the outskirts of Ilkeston on the former Woodside Colliery adjoining Shipley Country Park.

The book is also available by mail order, priced £13.50 including p&p for the UK. Drop us an email to reserve a copy or to request overseas mailing prices.

Two hundred copies were ordered before publication and more than 200 copies were signed and sold by the authors in the four-hour launch at the U-Choose Smoothie Bar.