Category Archives: Derbyshire

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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. Its major industries were traditionally coal mining, iron working and lace making / textiles, but these have all but disappeared in the last few decades.

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.

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John CHAMBERS

John CHAMBERS was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, in about 1849. He was the son of the rather wonderfully named Thomas Mordecai Sherwin Chambers and Charlotte (née SMITH, poor girl!).

He is featured on the 1851 census as the youngest child with three SMITH lodgers, who I believe to be Charlotte’s brother, sister-in-law and nephew, and his older sisters Sabina and Mary.

In the 1861 he is still living with his parents in Ilkeston, along with his sister Mary and 4 younger siblings – Hannah, Thomas, Samuel and William.

He married Paulina GREEN in 1870 in Sheffield. In 1871 the newly married couple were living in what looks to me like Hayle (or Hazle?) Road in Attercliffe-cum-Darnall and  their first child John Thomas arrived the following year.

By 1881, John and Paulina had moved to Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and were living at 112 Potter Street.

In 1891, they were back in Yorkshire, at West Bank in Hoyland.

By 1901, they were still in Hoyland, on Broad Street, where they remained in 1911, at number 3, which went on to be the home of their grandson (Mary Ethel’s son) Albert Lodge. I didn’t know this at the time, but after Albert died, the wake took place at 3 Broad Street.