Tuesday, 4 February 2014

History of Ilam Park

We are always interested to find out more about the history of Ilam Park – in the 1930s the hall was partly demolished, with many pieces of stonework saved from the rubble and now used in the Italian Garden. Look out for the chimney pots now used as planters, and the stone window frames in the balustrade.

We recently came across this wonderful photo in a book, which Derby Local Studies Library have kindly allowed us to reproduce to share with our visitors. There is no date for the photograph, but it is thought to be early 1900s. On a visit to this spot today, taller trees surround the church, these were planted around 110 years ago.

Years ago the water fountain would have provided a soothing sound whilst sitting in the garden and admiring the view out towards Dovedale. Today however, the only water to be heard is the mighty River Manifold, flowing through the park before it meets the River Dove.

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