Making the Past Available to the Present -
These pages are produced by David Hallam who has become well-known for his
specialist interest in the history of the area. David, was born in Beeston in 1939
and grew up in a family with strong local links and within which Beeston in the past was a topic
whenever they met as a family. A school project when aged about nine, on the origin of
Beeston's street names, was rewarded with an afternoon spent with the renowned local
historian Arthur Cossons - then Head Teacher of Church St Schools - a fascinating
experience which led to a lifetime's interest in local history.
A founder member, now Honorary Vice President, of Beeston and District Local
History Society, David has seen the interest of local people - both old established
residents and newcomers to the area - develop in the last 30 years. More recently,
contacts through the growing Internet communities has shown the very real wider
interest from Beeston-connected families around the world. David freely assists
their enquiries and, for the more comprehensive requirement, is also able to offer
a professional service through his "Notts Forgotten" specialist
At the centre of David's available resources is his Beeston reconstitution which aims
to link the available records - including the census, church registers and memorials - with an
emphasis on the 19th cenury. This forms the basis of his one-place study focussed on family history and
includes much that is unavailable elsewhere.
Now in retirement, David has decided to make a lifetime's research available on the Internet through
this site - a process that will take several years. He looks forward to your interest, feedback, comments
and contributions with interest.