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Ironville maps

Historic maps of Ironville and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Ironville maps

Ironville photos

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Riddings| Swanwick| Ripley| Alfreton| South Normanton| Pentrich| Heanor| Eastwood| South Wingfield| Newstead Abbey| Ambergate| Crich| Belper| Sutton-In-Ashfield| Stretton| Hucknall| Holbrook| Ilkeston| Milford| Duffield

Ironville area books

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Memories of Ironville

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Nottinghamshire memories

Good And Happy Memories

I was born in the village of Jacksdale in the year 1937. I went to Jacksdale Primary School and later went to Matthew Holland School at Selston. I then served an apprenticship at Stanton Ironworks at their Riddings Works, and I am an electrician. My wife was also born in 1940 also in Jacksdale, we met in Scarborough and married in 1960. We now live in N.S.W, Australia and have lived here for over 40 years. We visited Jacksdale a couple of times and the village just does not seem to be the same village I was brought up in.

When I Was Young

I was born in Jacksdale in 1962, my dad was a bus driver with the Midland General Bus Company based in Underwood. I now live in Ollerton near Newark, but have fond memories of the village as I grew up. I often think back about my years at the primary school and the friends I used to knock around with all those years ago. Can anyone remember Mr Storer, who was the headmaster when I was at the primary school? Can anyone recall going to the old 'Grey Topper'? Or even the year they demolished the viaduct... My memories of the village and those who lived there will always be in my heart.

Born in Brinsley

I was born in Brinsley in 1926. My parents lived in the first council house just by the post office at the time. My grandparents lived next door but one to the post office. Their names were Mr and Mrs Ted Hallam. We moved to Ollerton in october 1926. I often went back to Brinsley to have my school holidays with my grandparents. I remember the children I used to play with - Roy Houseley, Erica Marriott, Geof Mills. We used to play down by the brook against the pit. They were happy days. I am now 86 and stiill go back to the old place. We used to go to Eastwood carnival, it was the best show on earth, nothing happens like it nowdays. Can anyone remember any of what I have mentioned? Wilf Holmes, now of Edwinstowe


Hilltop c1955, Eastwood
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1940 - I had joined the W.A.A.F in London and chose to be posted to Nottinghamshire; I was just 18 and my posting was firstly to Hucknall and then to Watnall when the Ops room was ready. 1940 was a dreadful winter but thanks to the snowfalls the whole area was transformed. Our huts, we were told by the locals, had been built on the site which had been the local village pond. The Royal Oak was our local pub, just a few yards from the camps main gate, which was quite useful as it was within the area if one was confined to camp. We were sent to a large house called Lambs Close to sleep when we were on 6 weeks night duty. I had a very happy time in my stay in watnall.

Waiting at School

Beauvale School c1955, Eastwood
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The lady on the photo is my Mum. She was waiting to meet me out of Beauvale School. The baby in the pram was a neighbour's little girl, my friend Teresa. ( We are still friends today.) Teresa was 10 years younger than me, so I would be nearly 11 at that time.
Years later, from 1965-67, after 7 years at Nottingham High School for girls and 3  teacher training college at Thornbridge Hall, in Derbyshire,, I went back to Beauvale as a teacher ! Sadly my Mum died on Jan, 5th 2008.

Eastwood, Beauvale School 1956

Beauvale School c1955, Eastwood
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I started Beauvale School in 1956 when I was 5 years old. At that time I lived with my parents at number 53 Raglan Street, Hilltop. I walked to school and back every day with my mum. I have fond memories of the old school and was there for 6 years and then my dad found work outside of Nottingham. My dad used to work at Moorgreen Pit in the NCB Workshops. I only wish that all schools were like this one today. I can also remember going and working in the school allottment on the opposite side of the road which I really enjoyed.

When I Was A Lad

Hilltop c1955, Eastwood
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During my schooldays I often visited Eastwood from Hucknall, my mate David Scrimshaw and I had many happy times there. We were travelling back to Hucknall one day on the bus, and two girls waved to us from a small park near hilltop. We got off and asked them for a date, they both accepted. My date's name was Irene and she lived on Nottingham Road, Eastwood, it was love at first sight. My mate begged me not to go to Eastwood again because he did not want to see his date again. I said ok, and never saw Irene again. I can't really explain my actions, but I still love Irene today, although I have not seen her for about 50 years. I would love to see her again if hopefully she is still alive. I understand she moved to Brinsley, but its difficult because I have forgotten her suname (then). If anyone can help please email me at,   Thank you

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