Ilkeston in 1837
Ilkeston is in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, nine miles from Derby, on one of the roads to Nottingham, in the valley of the Erewash. The parish contains 2,290 acres and a population of 4,446, a considerable portion of whom are engaged in manufactures or in the coal-pits in the neighbourhood.
The church has a stone screen in the early English style of architecture, and three stalls in the chancel.
The principal manufactures are of stockings and lace. A warm mineral spring, the properties of which are said to differ from those of all others in the kingdom, and to resemble those of the Seltzer water, has been lately discovered, and is coming rapidly into repute. The water, taken internally, and the baths, have been found efficacious in many complaints.
The Erewash and the Nutbrook canals both pass through the parish. The market is held occasionally on Thursdays for fruit and vegetables.
The living is a vicarage, of the annual value of £150, with a glebe-house, in the gift of the duke of Rutland. The education returns for 1833 gave 17 day-schools (1 with a small endowment), containing 215 boys and 144 girls ; and 7 Sunday-schools, with 427 boys and 414 girls, one of which has a lending library attached.