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

West Hallam Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make West Hallam a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

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.


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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To provide residents with a free, locally based ad hoc local waste disposal option for small bulky items. These items would not normally be suitable for disposal in the black bin due to their size and/or weight. More »

Although these items could be collected via the council's chargeable bulky collection service, this service is aimed primarily at large items which residents may have difficulty handling and arranging suitable disposal. In general the items suitable for the community collection service are those that residents could take to the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Manners Industrial Estate. This site however is not ideally located for all residents who may not be able to use the site because of its distance from their home or a lack of suitable transport.

The community service offers an alternative disposal option for household waste streams that are not specifically catered for by current collection/disposal services. This service provides greater choice and better value for residents. It also avoids residents having to incur unnecessary costs for disposing of small household waste items using the bulky collection service. In addition, according to annual data collated by the council, household waste is most frequently found in unlawfully fly tipped material and the scheme may help to encourage a more responsible approach to waste disposal.

The service also offers residents the opportunity to dispose of small unwanted/broken electrical items such as toasters, irons, hairdryers and kettles.

Disposal of Waste Items Using the Service

The types of items that could be disposed of via the community collection service are:

  • Bagged soil (up to four black bin bags that can be picked up safely);
  • Small wooden items e.g. up to two fencing panels with each panel no more than 1200mm, doors, bed frames, head boards (not including mattress) ;
  • Unwanted/damaged toys;
  • Small fixtures eg skirting boards no longer than 1200mm, pedestals, wc unit, small vanity unit;
  • One off items eg aluminium greenhouse frame and glass;
  • Small items of scrap metal eg unwanted tools;
  • Clothing, bedding;
  • Garden waste items that are too big for brown bin e.g. large branches (no more than 10-20cm diameter);
  • Small items of furniture e.g. bed side units, stools, small tables;
  • Bagged household waste items;
  • Small household electrical items.

This is an indicative list only and other waste streams may also be suitable for disposal via the scheme.

Waste streams that are excluded from the scheme are those items more suited to a chargeable bulky waste collection, kerbside collection or which require specialist disposal arrangements: -

  • Plaster board;
  • TV/computer screens;
  • Fridges/freezers;
  • Tyres;
  • Car Batteries;
  • Paint in tins;
  • Oil/fuel;
  • Asbestos, solvents, chemicals or any hazardous waste;
  • Gas bottles;
  • Food/garden/residual waste suitable for disposal via the kerb side collection service;
  • Commercial, trade or industrial waste.

Provision of the Service

The service will be provided by siting a council refuse collection vehicle (RCV) at agreed site locations to which residents can bring their waste items for disposal. In addition to the RCV a caged 7.5 tonne vehicle will also be deployed for collecting small unwanted/damaged electrical items and scrap metal.

Each chosen location will be manned throughout the day by EBC staff to offer advice to residents, provide marshalling duties and to ensure only suitable items are presented for disposal. Notices will also be displayed at the designated sites to warn residents that leaving household waste items outside the specified collection times would constitute fly tipping. The service will operate 8am to 11.30am to allow sufficient time to deliver the waste to the tip.

Since the loaders/drivers are trained in manual handling they will be expected to load waste items into the RCV to avoid the risk of personal injury to service users.

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Posted: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:52 by Laura Storey

Can you help?

West Hallam Parish Council are seeking a bugler who could play the Last Post at our Annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service. Can you, or someone you know, offer their services for this event when many attend to pay honour to our service men and women, a small remuneration is offered. To have the Last Post delivered live is so much better than having to use a recording so please help if you can.

Posted: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 18:19 by Laura Storey