Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is one of a chain of market towns in the Erewash Valley near to the border with Nottinghamshire. It was dependent on the coal industry but this has now changed to light engineering.
It was always been said that you do not bother to come to Ilkeston unless you have a specific journey to make.
Not to be forgotten however is the annual charter fair - held some two weeks before Goose Fair in Nottingham
On the edge of the town is the Stanton Ironworks later known as Stanton and Staveley. Despite its name it produced pre-stressed concrete as well as pig iron. As far as iron was concerned it was used in such projects as the London Underground and can still be seen on your local man-hole cover. The concrete was used for lamposts. Both items are suitably labelled with the manufacturer's name. The massive site is now being converted to a Manufacturing Park.