Category Archives: Nottinghamshire Suburbs

Nell Gwyn’s Bestwood

by Frank E Earp Eleanor ‘Nell’ Gwyn, (1650 – 1687) has been described as one of Restoration England’s most celebrated actresses and more famously was the long-term mistress of Charles II. Three Cities claim to be her birthplace, Hereford, London, … Continue reading

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The Cadland

By Joseph Earp The Cadland in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, is believed to be the only pub in the UK bearing that name. What we know of the Cadland has probably been a public house since the late 18th century-possibly earlier- but … Continue reading

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Attenborough Nature Reserve

by Joseph Earp Attenborough Nature Reserve is a complex of flooded gravel pits and islands, covering one hundred and forty five hectares. The reserve lies to the south west of Nottinghamshire. The nature reserve was established in 1966 and opened … Continue reading

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The Old Stones of Nottinghamshire

by Frank E Earp What eyes inumerable, O ancient stone, Have gazed and gazed thy antique form upon? So wrote H.S. Sutton concerning an enigmatic sandstone outcrop at Bramcote near Nottingham, popularly called the Hemlock Stone. In Sutton’s poem, he … Continue reading

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Bestwood Lodge

by Frank E Earp Bestwood Lodge, – now a hotel, – is a large 19th century ‘Country House’ on the edge of Bestwood Country Park. It was originally a medieval Royal Hunting Lodge set within what was once a part … Continue reading

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Beeston’s Green Man

by Joe Earp    A Green Man is a sculpture or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the mouth, nostrils, or other parts of the face and these shoots … Continue reading

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The Monks Way

Monks Way LogoMonks Way, Monks Path, Monks Steps and Pilgrims Path are all terms used locally to describe the traces of stone paving or causeway which can be found in Cossall, Strelley, Ilkeston and beyond. The term ‘Monk’s Way’ is … Continue reading

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Beeston Pubs of Today and Yesteryear

by Jimmy Notts Renowned the world over, the great British pub is not just a place to drink beer, wine, cider or even something a little bit stronger, it is a unique social centre, very often the focus of community … Continue reading

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The Beeston Maltings

by Jimmy Notts In 2013 Beeston lost a chunk of its heritage for ever and lost a historical industrial site. The heritage and site in question was the former Beeston Brewery and later Beeston Maltings. The Beeston Brewery Company was … Continue reading

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Nottingham and the Invasion of France: The Expedition to Quiberon, 1795

by Michael Kirkby Whilst watching an episode of the Hornblower series (Napoleonic maritime drama staffing Ioan Gruffudd, based on the books by C.S. Forester) the audience is provided with an excellent window into the life of the Royal Navy during … Continue reading

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