A suburb of Ikea....
Giltbrook is in Nottinghamshire, U.K. and situated just off the A610, approx. 12 km. west of Nottingham, and 2.5 km.west of junction 26 off the M1.
The name Giltbrook is believed to come from the old English name "Gylden Broc", which means golden stream, or brook. This relates to the brook that runs from the fields to the north of Ikea, and then continues under Nottingham Road at Giltbrook, and under the Ikea entrance, finally flowing into the River Erewash. The golden reference conjures up visions of prospectors panning for gold, but more probably relates to the colour of the brook, which runs along a clay base.
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Giltbrook is known as a village, but is now being swallowed up by the ever increasing urban sprawl, making it difficult to recognize the boundaries. The following paragraph is taken from White's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853, and although Giltbrook is not named, it would have been included in the Newthorpe area.
"The Newthorpe hamlet and constablewick includes the small village of its own name, and the scattered dwellings of Baggalee and Hill Top, about one mile west of Greasley church and seven miles northwest of Nottingham. It comprises about 1,150 inhabitants and upwards of 1,000 acres of land, mostly belonging to Lord Melbourne. Here is an infant school and a General Baptist chapel. The Kilhamite chapel is situated at Hill Top, and the Primitive Methodists at Baggalee, where there is also an extensive colliery worked by Barber, Walker & Co."
Giltbrook once had its own canal, known as the Greasley cut, this was built around 1800, and was approximately 200 metres long. The Greasley cut would have joined the Nottingham Canal, near to the site of the A610 roundabout. The canal was fed from the Gilt Brook, and would have been used to carry coal from Digby Colliery, which stood on the site of the now Amber Industrial Estate, just off Gilthill. The canal would have followed the line of the road, from the small Ikea Island, and then to what is now the A610 roundabout.
The two pubs referred to in the heading are the Hayloft (pictured above), and the New White Bull, (pictured below),which is over 110 years old. The Hayloft was previously called the Old White Bull, which used to be confusing as there was only 100 metres between them.
The only historical reference to Giltbrook, seems to concern the Pentrich Revolution. This revolution started at Pentrich, near Ripley in Derbyshire, on the 9th. June 1817, and ended at Giltbrook the following day. Six roads on the Giltbrook Farm Estate, Bacon Close, Brandreth Drive, Ludlam Avenue, Brassington Close, Turner Drive, and Weightman Drive, are named after the main participants of the revolution.
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, is my birthplace, and also the birthplace of D.H. Lawrence, the author, and writer of "Lady Chatterly's Lover". Eastwood is situated 500 metres west of Giltbrook, where I now live.
In 1974, I nearly purchased the house above, where D.H. Lawrence was born, for £2,000, but the local council beat me to it, and turned it into a museum, converting the property to how it would have looked when Lawrence was a child. This was perhaps a wise move by the council, as I had plans to install central heating and double glazing.
Walker Street School at Eastwood : April 2002
This school is now closed, and was demolished in 2005. A lot of people from Eastwood will have fond memories of attending the school, and a large proportion of the community will have attended there at some time in their life.
Ikea, and the Giltbrook Retail Park.
One of the recent additions to Giltbrook was the Swedish firm 'Ikea', who have opened a new store, and employ many local residents. Another two stores have now opened on the Ikea site, 'Decathlon', a French based firm, specializing in sports equipment and clothing, and 'Next', the clothing chain.The heading "Giltbrook - A Suburb of Ikea" is a reference to the size of the Ikea site in relation to the rest of Giltbrook.
September 2008 updtae - A retail park has now opened on the Ikea site and contains the following stores, Ikea, Next, Decathlon, Comet, Laura Ashley, Carpet Right, CSL, Bhs, Mamas & Papas, SCS, Pets at Home, and Barker & Stonehouse, plus more to be announced, along with the food outlets of Starbucks, Subway, and Frankie & Benny's.
The photographs above, show the railway viaduct commonly known as the Forty Bridges. This viaduct, which was about 800 metres long, stood between Giltbrook and Awsworth, where the A610 island now stands. To get by road from Giltbrook to Awsworth, meant using Awsworth Lane, at Kimberley and passing under one of the bridge arches. The viaduct was demolished ready for the construction of the Eastwood by-pass, which now follows the route of the original railway line, although the old railway line veered left after Giltbrook,passing through Kimberley and Watnall, on its way into Nottingham. The bricked up arch, with windows, which is just visible behind the shed, was used as living quarters by the workers during the building of the viaduct.
There is a large recycling facility at Giltbrook, this is situated at the bottom of Gilthill, near to the Ikea site, and is well signposted.