Long Eaton Town Centre
Long Eaton today is almost unrecognisable to the Long Eaton as it existed 150 years or so ago at the start of the Victorian era. Then, Long Eaton was as an agricultural village of 750 people. At this time the Erewash Valley Railway line was constructed and this was quickly followed by a railway wagon manufacturer. Then rapid expansion and a flourishing lace industry helped the town to grow.
Most of the old village was swept away as commerce and industry took over and the town centre was almost completely redeveloped. Only five pre-Victorian buildings remain in the Town Centre Conservation Area: The Hall, The Blue Bell, The Prince of Wales, the Church of St Laurence and the Old Bell. The banks around the Market Place and the blocks of three-storey shops, all brick built with slate roofs and some with fine detailing in stone. Created by the late Victorian and Edwardian commercial builders, supply traditional character.
Subsequent architectural work for the Co-operative Society gave Long Eaton the building now known as The Famous Stillage and the Co-op store with it's Art Deco’ style. Recent development on the High Street next to Brown’s Road has been of a high quality and sympathetic to the character of the town, with its occasional turrets punctuating the roof line.
In recent years, Long Eaton has sought to protect its heritage but also to move forward in a competitive way towards the 21st Century.
Long Eaton’s new-look town centre is THE place to shop. The transformation from a car-choked High Street into a bustling shopper friendly environment is now complete. Gone are the bad days when the town was grid locked with cars. Now, thanks to Erewash Borough Council’s £750,000 pedestrianisation scheme, shoppers have the freedom to browse at their leisure.
Shopping is now a positive pleasure. The High Street is paved and landscaped, and quality seating, lighting, litter bins and flower tubs have been provided.
Friendly, local service, convenience, a vibrant market and a blend of High Street names are just some of the ingredients to persuade shoppers that they have everything they need on their doorstep. When you want a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping, there are a variety of cafes and bars to relax in. Car parking and security in Long Eaton are first class, with car parks situated around the town centre at very reasonable prices. Many of these car parks, in addition to the main shopping areas, are covered by the town’s highly successful CCTV system, which is controlled from the new state of the art CCTV suite at Long Eaton Police Station. The established Radiolink Scheme, which links participating retailers and licensed premises via radio to the Police, CCTV and Street Wardens, makes the town centre an even safer place to work and shop.