Category Archives: Nottinghamshire Industrial History

Skipper on the Trent

Les Davey started working for British Waterways in 1960 when he was 27, and describes the job he loved on the huge lighters (barges) of the River Trent as “…an adventure every trip”. The work was hard and sometimes took … Continue reading

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Images of Framework Knitting

Frame: To build by putting together the structural parts of…. Work: Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production of something. Production: To make fabric by intertwining yarn or thread in a series of connected loops either by hand, with knitting … Continue reading

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Flying Cars and Flying Bedsteads

by Frank E Earp This is my chance to put together a story my father once told me when I was a child. I have no way of independently verifying my father’s story, but as facts and circumstance seem to … Continue reading

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The Rufford Colliery Disaster

by Frank E Earp  The colliery was about five miles to the N.E. of Mansfield, Nottingham and was owned by the Bolsover Colliery Company, Limited. Fourteen men were killed and four others injured when a water barrel fell down the … Continue reading

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The Man from Calverton and His Knitting Machine

by Bill Carson William Lee was born around the year of 1560 in the Parish of Oxton, Nottinghamshire. He was the eldest of five sons and four daughters to Yeoman William Lee. Already by the mid 1500s large tracts of … Continue reading

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Huntingdon Beaumont’s Wollaton to Strelley Waggonway

by Paul Nix On 2nd October 1603 Huntingdon Beaumont started construction on his wooden waggonway and by 1st October 1604 it was complete. “Huntingdon Beaumont hath used new and extronaiary inventions and practices for the spedy and conveyance of the … Continue reading

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Nottingham’s first Co-operative

by Joe Earp THE Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte declared England to be ʻa nation of shopkeepersʼ. Napoleon was actually referring to the countryʼs love of trade and commerce rather than actual shops and their proprietors. With the rise of the modern out-of … Continue reading

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