West Hallam Parish Council

Serving the people of West Hallam

Clerk RFO: Laura Storey
P O Box 8108, Derby
Derbyshire DE1 0ZU

Tel: 07986 740189

  • War Memorial

    War Memorial

  • West Hallam Station House

    West Hallam Station House

  • Village Hall

    Village Hall

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About our Parish

Although it is not know exactly when the first settlement appeared, West Hallam is mentioned in the Domesday Book as having belonged to a man called Dunstan before the Norman conquest.

By 1199 the Lords of the Manor were the de Cromwells, who probably built the Church in about 1275, together with their moated Manor House, the site of which is near to Pinnacle Storage and which is a Historic Monument (no public access).

The de Cromwells often feuded with Simon de Aderne, Lord of Mapperley whose own Hall was on Park Hall Lane (known as 'Simon Lane' to locals). West Hallam's gallows were at West Hallam Crossroads, with the graveyard opposite.

Ralph de Cromwell, Lord of West Hallam was Lord Treasurer of England for Henry VI and was killed in the first Battle of St Albans in 1455. He died without issue and West Hallam was purchased by the Powtrell family in 1467.

The Powtrells kept their catholic faith after the reformation, leading to persecution. West Hallam Hall became a refuge for priests, and there were rumours that a tunnel led from there to Dale Abbey.

In 1662 the Rector, Rev. John Scargill died aged 74. In his will he left a bequest which formed both the Scargill School and the Scargill Trust, and he is buried in the chancel of St Wilfrid's Church.

The last male Powtrell died in 1687 and West Hallam passed to a distant relative, Sir Henry Hunloke. The Hunlokes too were catholics, and Sir Henry (1654-1715) became Chairman of the JPs bench in 1687 under the catholic James II. However when the King was deposed the next year Sir Henry was imprisoned and lived the rest of his life under restriction.

Another Sir Henry Hunloke (1724-1804) was a sponsor of the Nutbrook Canal scheme in the 1790's, but financial ressures led to the family selling its interest in the company and the eventual sale of West Hallam to Francis Newdigate (1774-1862) in 1821.

In 1878 the Great Northern Railway opened its Staffordshire extension throughWest Hallam, with a station ("West Hallam for Dale Abbey") at what is now Station House at the Stanley end of Station Road. The line linked the old Nottingham Victoria and Derby Friar Gate stations.

In 1894, under new Local Government legislation West Hallam Parish Council was formed.

The Newdigates filled the role of Victorian Lords of the Manor well, and there were three in all. The last Squire Newdigate was Sir Francis Alexander (1862-1936) who was an MP and whose first wife was the Hon. Elizabeth Bagot (hence 'Bagot Street'). The family started to sell off land in the 1890's and although the last West Hallam Hall was built in 1876 it was only occupied by them for a short time before being let out. The last part of their West Hallam estate was sold in 1914 through Albert Ball, a local land agent and the father of the WW1 fighter ace Albert Ball VC.

Squire Newdigate went on to be Governor of Tasmania (1917-20) and of Western Australia (1920-24). West Hallam Hall was demolished after the second world war and for many years the site was vacant until Hall Court was built in 1963.

In 1940 West Hallam Dispersal Depot was built by the military off Cat and Fiddle Lane, to relieve pressure on their Chilwell depot. It eventually comprised 112 Romney sheds with nearly a million square feet of storage space and closed in 1959. The site re-opened in the 1960's as Midland Storage, later operated by TDG Pinnacle, and now (2019) by XPO Logistics.

West Hallam had traditionally been a rural community which relied on farming and allied trades for its employment, but from the 19th to the late 20th century also had its fair share of coal mining. Most of the land between West Hallam Village and Ilkeston together with much of what is now the Hallam Way estate was opencast mined in the middle of the 20th century. There were several deep seam mines also, and an ironworks on the Nutbrook Canal towards Mapperley from about 1850. The last working pit was Stanley Colliery, by the side of the railway station and which closed in 1961. Some of the buildings still survive, now used for industry. In the closing years of the century, most of the eyesores and spoil tips were removed, returning the environment to something like what it had been.

The Newdigates had run a brickyard near Mapperley Crossroads, using local clay from a pit in what is now Kiln Close.

In the 1920's West Hallam Pottery made decorative earthenware and examples can still be found locally. For many years the pottery site was abandoned and slowly deteriorated until it was bought in the 1980's by Mr Charles Stone and family and developed as the much admired Bottle Kiln buttery, craft and art gallery, saving the remaining (listed) kiln for posterity in a sympathetic environment, as well as attracting people from much further afield into West Hallam.

The 1960's to 1990's saw a great deal of new housing built in West Hallam together with a new shopping development on the site of White House Farm in the village. The fields between The Village and High Lane West were gradually filled in, although some of the old field boundaries are mirrored by the new road layout.

West Hallam's population increased dramatically, the influx of new residents adding to the village's diversity and opening another chapter in its history.

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Thanks go to Grant Shaw for providing the original text for the above.

Grant Shaw was a Parish Councillor for eight years and was the Council's youngest ever Chairman in 1989-90.

This item also draws extensively from 'A-Z, a 100 Year History of West Hallam, 1894-1994' published by the Parish Council in 1994, and upon The West Hallam Heritage, which is the definitive History of West Hallam, by Brenda Parker BA and published by Moorley's of Ilkeston.

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Tier 3 restrictions in Derbyshire

The national restrictions end on December 2nd and England will now move back into the previous tier system. More »

Regardless of what tier you're in shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will re-open, but restrictions will be in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The Government has placed Derbyshire and Derby into Tier 3 (Very High) coronavirus alert level. This means:

  • you must not meet socially indoors, or in most outdoor places, with anybody you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches or countryside accessible to the public
  • hospitality settings, such as bars pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed but can operate a take-out or collection service
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close
  • exercise classes and organised sport can take place outdoors but avoid higher-risk contact activity, none indoors unless it is with a household or bubble, organised sport for elite athletes, under 18s and people with disabilities can continue
  • you should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays, other than where necessary.

Thank you for your continued support and efforts in the fight against coronavirus. More information on the tier system and what it means can be found in the Government's Covid-19 Winter Plan.

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Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:19 by Laura Storey

Christmas Bubbles

It's been a tough year and Christmas is nearly here with the promise of presents, food and a little festivity. More »

The Government has this week announced a temporary relaxation of restrictions from the 23 – 27 December where you can form a 'Christmas bubble' with friends or family.

This means:

  • You can form a 'Christmas bubble' made up of people from no more than three households.
  • Existing support bubbles count as one household towards the three-household limit. This means that if you are in a support bubble, you can collectively form a Christmas bubble with two other households.
  • You can only be in one Christmas bubble and you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
  • You cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

We all welcome the opportunity to spend time with loved ones this Christmas, but it's important to remember coronavirus hasn't gone away.

Follow the Christmas guidelines, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where required and keep a safe distance from people not in your bubble.

More information on making a Christmas bubble can be found on the Government's website.

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Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:18 by Laura Storey

CHRISTMAS SCARECROW TRAIL

CHRISTMAS SCARECROW TRAIL

Why not turn the challenges presented by the 2nd lockdown into an opportunity to design and make your own Winter themed scarecrow? More »

Anything goes, so long as the theme is Winter. Maybe a snowman, a Santa or a pantomime character? I wonder how many Olaf's we will get, and might we even get the full complement of Santa's reindeer?

The scarecrows will need to be displayed from 19th to 26th December.

For registering a scarecrow, or for those who need more information or help, please contact our resident scarecrow organiser, Pete Lilley.

Closing date for registrations is 15th December.

Phone: 0115 930 3885 Text: 07763 892154 Email: lilley_p@sky.com

Once the full Scarecrow Trail list is complete, it will be available to download from the Scarecrow and Well Dressings websites, or you can follow on your phones. Also, paper copies will be available to pick up from Scarecrow HQ.

There are prizes in the form of vouchers on offer sponsored by West Hallam Parish Council. 1st prize £50, 2nd £25 and 3rd £15. Details on how to vote for your favourite scarecrow will be on the Scarecrow Trail list and also on our new social media accounts, details below. Follow us and get the details direct to your feed when published.

Follow the event on Instagram (westhallamwells), Twitter (@HallamWells) and Facebook (West Hallam Wells), post your family selfies and share amongst your friends. Let's have some fun!

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Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:47 by Laura Storey