Macildowie has been ‘Building Great Futures’ in Derbyshire since 1993. Ilkeston is the third-largest town in the Borough of Erewash, Derbyshire and is the birthplace of well-known actors: Robert Lindsay and Bill Roache. It owes its development mainly to the coal, iron and hosiery industries.
Ilkeston is located close to both Nottingham and Derby, with excellent travel connections to both cities. The East Midlands dialect is incredibly distinctive in Ilkeston; locals refer to the town name as 'Illson'.
One of the most significant local employers was the Stanton Ironworks, later known as Stanton and Staveley. There has been evidence of iron working and quarrying in this area since Roman times, and the industry boomed into a huge industrial concern in the 1780s. In the mid-19th century, the works produced 20,000 tons of iron castings per year, which rose to 2.5 million by 1905. The works gradually decided and the huge Stanton site is now a business park.
A key event for the town of Ilkeston is their Charter fair, which will celebrate its 770th this year, making it older than the infamous Nottingham's Goose Fair.