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.

Latest News

Derbyshire County Council Community News

Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils More »

Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We've written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight.

If you've any queries please email us at news@derbyshire.gov.uk

Stay at home

Once again we find ourselves in a national lockdown and this will naturally bring feelings of frustration, sadness and even anger.

If you're struggling to stay afloat during these difficult times, there is help and support available if you need it with lots of advice around mental health and wellbeing on our website.

It's really important that we all stay at home as much as possible to crack down on this virus and help reduce the spread.

Government restrictions on travel mean we must reduce the number of journeys we make as much as possible and 'stay local' – which means avoiding travelling outside your village or town.

It means working from home unless you really cannot do your job without being at work and only leaving the house for:

  • essential goods and services
  • health care
  • outdoor exercise once a day either alone, with people from your household (or support bubble) or one other person.

Get all the information you need to know about the latest national lockdown on the Government's website.

Thank you Derbyshire. We will get through this.

Support for the most vulnerable

Our Community Response Unit offers lots support for people who have no one else to help them out.

The team can help with food shopping and delivery, collecting prescriptions and can also offer a friendly check in call for anyone who lives alone and has no friends or family to call on.

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable you must take extra steps to stay safe during the lockdown period and the response unit is here for you if you need it. If you are shielding make sure you are familiar with the Government guidance.

You can request help online or by calling 01629 535091. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Learning from home support

Do you need a bit of support to help your child learn from home?

We appreciate that it can be difficult for parents to encourage their child to learn from home until they can return to school.

We know schools are pulling out the stops to help pupils learn online, but there's a list of resources on our website too to support your child's learning including links to online lessons, range of lesson learning packs and online safety tips. Find out more here

Still here for you

Almost all of our services continue to run as normal during this period of national lockdown but inevitably there are some restrictions on face-to-face services to keep everyone safe.

Take a look at our latest update to see what's open and which services are affected. Find out more here

Winter food vouchers

We've delivered almost 26,000 food vouchers to families across Derbyshire over the past few weeks to support them during the winter months.

The food vouchers are part of the £2.2 million from the Government's Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

The second set of vouchers will be sent to families in February to cover the half term period. Find out more here » Less

Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:36 by Laura Storey

Citizens Advice Energy Saving Campaign

Citizens Advice Energy Saving Campaign

Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:38 by Laura Storey

Christmas Scarecrow Trail Winners

The public has voted, the votes have been counted and the winners of the Christmas Scarecrow Trail are: More »

1st-69 Scargill Road (Mr Men)

2nd-65 Scargill Road (Naughty Elves)

3rd-20 Scargill Road (Skip Skier)

Although a clean sweep for Scargill Road, a huge thank you to everyone who took part. There were over 70 scarecrows for people to enjoy and it was lovely to see so many people of all ages out and about enjoying the Trail.

Councillor Carol Hart will present the prizes in the next few days. » Less

Posted: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 08:58 by Laura Storey