A COPY of the oldest known map of Ilkeston has been presented to the town’s library along with a new book about the historic wills of Ilkeston’s people.
Local historian, Stephen Flinders made the presentation after gaining permission to make a copy of the map which was drawn up in 1598.
Stephen said: “Very few people have seen the original map or my own copy so I thought it about time to get another copy made so that local and family historians can have access to this facinating piece of our local history.
“It shows how little the basic layout of the town has changed especially in that the main road system was already in place over 400 years ago.”
Stephen explained that the map was made when negotiations were underway by Sir John Manners – an ancestor of the Duke of Rutland and Lord Edward Manners – for the purchase of the manor.
Sir Manners was hoping to buy the house from the then Lord Sir John Savage, and the map was produced so that he could see what he was getting for his money.
When the map was drawn up only 500 women, men and children lived in the town and there were just 60 houses, most of which were around the Market Place.
Stephen, a member of the Ilkeston and District Local History Society, also handed a copy of his new book, Ilkeston Wills, Inventories and Administrations 1535-1699, to the library.
He added: “The book contains the transcripts of 122 wills and 133 inventories as well as being packed with information about Ilkeston families, their relationships with other families, their possessions and houses and the land they owned and farmed.”
Copies of the book will be available to look at and order at the next Ilkeston and District Local History Society coffee morning at the U-Choose Smoothie Bar on South Street. Members of the society will be at the shop between 10am and 2pm to meet with people and chat about local and family history.