As mentioned somewhere, there were once two separate hamlets. They were melded into one conurbation during the inventive 70's. Illstone and Wellgood were previously uncharacteristic villages until extensive building brought the two together to form Illwell Town as we know it today.
There are still features of the villages visible to the naked eye. Illstone Village Hall retains it's original name of 'The Village Hall of Illstone' and the pub The Wellgood Head is still thriving with it's regular open mic nights and other events for your local opportunity.
The amalgamation wasn't a popular decision judging by the local opposition at the time. Illstone residents put up 3 banners and held an emergency meeting in the Village Hall Annex in protest against the merger. Letters were written and voices were raised but it didn't stop progress.
Illwell History Present
Illwell is a bustling conurbation, just outside The Midlands and the result of two smaller communities merging together at a time when it was thought to be a good idea.
"Once there were two villages and now it's one big one!" - Illstone and Wellgood Evening News headline 1978
Illwell is close the larger, more commercial, town of Bisley. The two towns are separated by Bisley Lake to say the least.
Things you might not know about our town: Among the notable roads in the town are Christmas Street and Jenny Lane, the former which runs from north to south and vice-versa and is the main thoroughfare whereas the latter straggles out to the west towards Bisley Lake and is an undulating attraction. Illwell boast two one-way streets and an array of parking facilities. The Cross Stitch Shop in Triangle Square was one of the first of it's kind to go into liquidation in the whole country in the history of shop specialising in Cross Stitch. Blame was placed on the Craft Fair ban of 2013.
There are no remaining public holy buildings in Illwell due to the great 'disanctification' of the town in the late 80's when it was decided that group belief is better out of the public domain. One or two cults have emerged from time to time, such as "The Cult Of The Sacred Tree" but most of the town's people have a 'leave it' attitude to 'belief systems' and carry their own personal philosophies.
Picture: The iconic corner bit of The Commemorative Car Park. "Pure escapism! You can feel you're in any car park!"
The Commemorative Car Park
Illwell boasts a commemorative car park that sits to the south end of Christmas Street and can be seen from far around. Built in the seventies it share the majesty of similar car parks in other towns. Built out of local concrete the three floors are home to more than 200 cars in the day. It's shut at night. “It's a great memorial to architecture that we'll not see the like of again, if I have anything to do with it” said the Council Leader at the time, Mr. Robert Purdy.
Illwell Flower Garden
Based in the centre of Illwell, the Flower Garden is a beautiful space for the public and other people to appreciate the lovely colourful flowers on display there. There are benches, in memory of dead people, where you can sit and marvel at the wonderful arrangements whilst eating your lunch perhaps.
Some of the features and things in Illwell have held on to their original names as a mark of respect to the past but this one hasn't. It used to be called Wellgood Well and it is a wishing well. Many locals are convinced it has magical properties and throw money in. There is no limit to the amount of money you can throw in to it but no Euros. The Council Of Illwell has assured us that well is emptied on a regular basis and the money taken away. It boasts a wooden canopy roof and a brick made sitting wall.
Triangle Square is a small shopping enclave just off Christmas Street. It is also home to some modern-ish apartments and provides a place for people to sit in quiet harmony and and read or have lunch. There is a fountain in the middle of it.
Isle Of Illwell
After the completion of project "Isle Of Illwell" at the end of last year, a bridge has now been constructed so that people can get there without the use of the boat. The island (or islet) has some features that include a play area and a restaurant. The foot bridge has welcomed by the owners of The Isle Of Illwell Restaurant which was suffering from lack of trade and was on the verge of going under. The bridge is only open when the restaurant is so people can't go over it when it isn't.
One of the most picturesque features of Illwell and some of the surrounding area, this grassy vantage point is ideal for picnics and frisbee. From the very top of the mound it's possible to see quite a lot of the town and it's certainly the only true way to appreciate the central car park. The hill used to be a slag heap.