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

MESSAGE TO EREWASH RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Important Public Health message from Derbyshire County Council More »

The Borough of Erewash has now been placed on 'high' alert under the Government's new three tier Covid system and so we need your help to spread the message about restrictions that are now in place please. These are all detailed below in a message from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

If possible, please can you share this information in your newsletter, or on your website/social media pages if you have them or any other communications channels that you use.

Thank you for helping us to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. We really appreciate your time and support.

Sally Furness

Communications Officer

Derbyshire County Council

MESSAGE TO EREWASH RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE'S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Hello, I'm Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

It's my job to protect the health of Derbyshire people and a huge part of mine, and my team's work, is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities.

Despite all of our best efforts in sticking to the rules and doing the right thing, confirmed cases continue to rise across the county as they are nationally.

The Borough of Erewash has now been placed on 'high' alert under the Government's new three tier Covid system.

This means the following restrictions are now in place in Erewash:

  • Different households or support bubbles should not mix indoors – at home, someone else's home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure centres or shops
  • Outdoors people should stick to the Rule of Six, including children
  • If going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble
  • Family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble. The bubble is limited to two households only so informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time
  • Only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
  • All businesses, leisure facilities and other places that are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet Covid-19 secure guidance
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm. Drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm
  • You can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors but organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it's possible to avoid mixing with people you don't live with or share a support bubble with. There are exceptions for people with a disability.

You can read the full restrictions at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/restrictions

Test and Trace data should continue to be collected in venues including pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels and hairdressers and also cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Of course we should all continue to wash our hands, stay 2 metres apart where possible and wear a face covering, unless exempt to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on.

I'd like to ask you all to follow this guidance to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. For parents and carers it also means making sure teenagers and young people are following the rules as they can pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable relatives.

We all have a duty to do everything we can to stop the spread. I'm really proud of the way our communities have supported each other through this epidemic but this isn't over – we simply cannot afford to take our eye off the ball.

I understand that it is frustrating but it is more important than ever that we all stick to the rules.

Thanks for your time – let's all stick together and do this for Derbyshire.

You can find the latest information about cases in Derbyshire here

www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscases

For more information on how to stay safe visit:

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Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:53 by Laura Storey

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY APPLICATIONS WELCOME

BOROUGH OF EREWASH More »

PARISH OF WEST HALLAM

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there is a Parish Councillor vacancy. Any persons willing to fill this vacancy should apply by completing the application form and send this directly to the Clerk before 27 October 2020 at midnight by post or email.

An application form may be obtained from the Clerk:-

Email: – contact@westhallam-pc.org.uk

Tel No: – 07986 740189

Address: – PO Box 8108 Derby DE1 0ZU

The council may co-opt any persons who are legally qualified to hold such office, and who are willing to serve, provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the persons also satisfy at least ONE of the following they may apply:

  • They are registered as a local government elector for the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish
  • Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it
  • The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor and be over 18 years of age.

DATED 13 October 2020

L Storey

Clerk to West Hallam Parish Council

Tel No: – 07986 740189

Note – Applicants will be invited to attend a meeting (Virtually or in person) with three Members and asked to make a short (3-5 minutes) personal statement giving the reasons for being interested in joining the Parish Council and what particular set of skills and experience they feel they can bring to the role. » Less

Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:31 by Laura Storey

CHRISTMAS SCARECROW TRAIL

CHRISTMAS SCARECROW TRAIL

ALL households in West Hallam are invited to design, build and display a scarecrow. More »

Following the huge success in recent years of the Summer scarecrow trails it would be great to bring some cheer and fun to our wonderful village during the difficult Winter months ahead by creating a fantastic scarecrow trail for all ages to enjoy.

Whether you are planning to display a scarecrow or just taking a stroll around the village trying to find them, the event is totally free.

Coupled with the wonderful lights so many of you display on your property at Christmas time, the scarecrows will inevitably bring a smile to faces and once again promote our community spirit and togetherness.

The theme is "Winter" so plenty of scope to be creative as so many of you always are. Maybe a snowman, a Santa or a pantomime character?

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

More details will be released over the coming weeks. Prizes will be awarded courtesy of West Hallam Parish Council.

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

Phone: 0115 9303885 Text: 077638 92154

Email: lilley_p@sky.com

Website: www.westhallamscarecrows.org.uk

The event is supported by:

West Hallam Parish Council

www.westhallam-pc.org.uk

West Hallam Well Dressing Committee

www.westhallamwells.org.uk

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Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:33 by Laura Storey