What's New -
Perhaps something of a paradox on a History site, but here we intend to keep you informed of all the new information as we add it. If you
wish, you may sign up here (see right) to be notified whenever there is a change to this page - that's usually when new things are added,
At the moment the site has areas which are still under construction - although we expect that these will be released gradually as research is completed.
Added in November 2013
- More of the story of Beeston Foundry Co Ltd (later Beeston Boiler) added to the Flowers to Foundry page, covering the period between 1914 and 1938.
We expect to add the associate footnotes during December. The history of Beeston Boiler in the years that followed, incorporating memories and a selection from the many photographs that
have been made available still remain to follow in due course.
Added in October 2013 (More work on 'Flowers to Foundry' not ready for release). Remember - new images are highlighted in red
Added in September 2013
- More of the story of Foster & Pearson Ltd & the first 20 years of Beeston Foundry Co Ltd (which later became Beeston Boiler) added at Flowers
to Foundry page. The final part of the history of Beeston Boiler, incorporating memories and a selection from the many photographs that have been made available will follow shortly.
Added in July 2013
- More of the story (mainly relating to the formation of Foster & Pearson Ltd & Beeston Foundry Co Ltd) and many more footnotes added to the Flowers
to Foundry page. Had hoped to do more but now expecting to add still more of the story in August
- Added a reference in the origins of Beeston Boys' Brigade, that it seems that Stephen Hetley Pearson was influenced by
his experience as a Officer at Oliver Hind's Dakeyne Street (Nottingham) Lads' Club when he formed Beeston Lads' Club in 1909 on a similar model. This was pointed out by
Terence Woolley in his recent book 'Oliver Hind & the 2nd Nottingham Company of the Boys' Brigade' (More Details Here)
Added in June 2013
- Added many footnotes to the Flowers to Foundry page. More of the story should be released in July
Added in May 2013
- More added to the story of the remarkable transition from market gardening to horticutural building to foundry which we have called
Flowers to Foundry. This months addition tells the story of Robert Foster, a Beeston joiner who provided horticultural buildings
on a national scale
- Added an excellent insight into life around the Beeston Fire Station in the 1950s, kindly provided by Roger Brailsford who, as a child, lived
in one of the houses associated with the fire station on Stoney Street, Beeston where his father was a fireman. Best viewed by using the link from the
Fire Station page.
- Added photographs of parties at Christmas and the Coronation at the fire station in the 1950s and a Christmas party at Trevor Road nursery.
These can be accessed from the Outings & Socials section of the Faces From the Past page. (Images added to the Groups
pages are now shown with red captions for two months).These latest photographs were also kindly supplied by Roger Brailsford.
Added in April 2013 (Dealing with newly arisen archival material has delayed progress on 'Flowers to Foundry' but will lead to excellent future stories)
- Added six group pictures relating to Beeston Field Junior School and Beeston
Fields Secondary Modern School from the 1950/59 era. These were kindly provided by Derek Cox with some names provided by Stephanie White. New images in the Groups
pages are now shown with red captions.
- Geoffrey Pearson provided many names for the two pictures of Ericssons Warehouse workforce dated about 1957 in the Workplace
section of the Faces From the Past page. Further names have begun to be suggested and will be added as they are received.
- Added two pictures of Ericssons Staff Employees, dated 1921, to the Workplace sections of the Faces From the Past
page. These are part of an album of photographs, provided by Peter Hassell. It includes a wide range of images of the working environmant at the telephone works, all
of which will be included in a planned feature on Ericsson's Beeston works.
Added in March 2013
- Started the story of the remarkable transition from market gardening to horticutural building to foundry - in the form of Beeston Boiler Company - which
coincides with the story of the Pearson family. We have called it Flowers to Foundry and it will continue in the coming months
- Added two pictures of Ericssons Warehouse workforce dated 1957 to the Workplace sections of the Faces From the Past
page. This were kindly provided by Geoffrey Pearson.
Added in February 2013
- Completed the story of the section of the High Road between Station Road and Acacia Walk by adding the detail of
30-38 High Road (which included Ablett, Pounder, Paling, Timpson, Smith Shoes, Woolworths, Glover and Blower)
- Added a picture of Ericssons Hockey Team dated 1953 to the Outings and Sports Teams sections of the Faces From the Past
page. This were kindly provided, complete with all the names, by George Tuck.
Added in January 2013 (Away finding sun and avoiding the snow for much of the month !)
- Added images of the Ericsson/Plessey Valve Laboratory and the Warehouse in the Workplace section of Faces from
the Past section. These were kindly provided by Geoffrey Pearson.
- Added more detail of the family of Blanche Mary Oldrini, the youngest daughter of Rev Thomas John Oldrini (Vicar
of Beeston 1854-1885)
Added in December 2012
- Continued the story of the section of the High Road between Station Road and Acacia Walk to include an account of the
history of 18-28 High Road - that is, the block of six shops built in front of the Silk Mill building after it was acquired by developers in 1903. The story of the remaining properties in
this section of the High Road (nos 30-38) will continue over the next few months.
- Added further names provided by John Rowbotham and added mapping to improve identification in the Ericsson/Plessey Circuit Engineers Department photographs, shown in the
Workplace section of Faces from the Past section.
- Added a photograph of Beeston Boiler Company employees to the Workplace section. This is believed to date from about 1970 and to show employees who
had received a long service award. This is from a collection of Beeston Boiler photographs supplied by Roy Harper. These will be used in a planned feature on the history of
the Beeston Boiler. We invite anyone with memories or items relating to 'the Foundry', that they can share, to contact us.
Added in November 2012 (sorry - laid low most of the month by a debilitating cough and not able to make much progress. Happily, now much improved!)
- Added a number of names and firmed up dates to the Ericsson/Plessey Engineering Department, shown in the Workplace section of Faces from
the Past section. These were kindly provided by John Rowbotham who appears on some of the photographs and also clarified that the department was the that of the Circuit Engineers
- Added a photograph to the Outings & Socials section of Faces From the Past, of employees of Everlastic on a works outing to Skegness in
1936. This was also supplied by John Rowbottom, whose mother Annie is shown in the photograph.
Added in October 2012
- Continued the story of the section of the High Road between Station Road and Acacia Walk to include an account of the post-1903
history of 12-16 High Road - that is, the property of the corner of Station Road and the shops built into the Silk Mill building frontage. The story of the remaining properties in
this section of the High Road will continue over the next few months.
- Added the years 1795-1800 to the transcription of Beeston Parish Church Burials Register
Added in September 2012 (sorry - nothing significant was added in August when we took a holiday - in the rain!)
- Added a number of photographs to the Schools Pictures, of Nether Street groups in about 1955 and
a Beeston Fields Junior class from 1949 and a Methodist pantomime group to the Church groups and
Beeston Town Cricket Team from the late 194os to the Sports groups on the Faces from the Past page. These were kindly supplied by Barbara Wagstaff.
- Added a collection of photographs showing the staff of the Ericsson/Plessey Engineering Department, dating between the 1950s and 1970s.
These were kindly supplied by Rebecca Shaw and are accessed from the Workplace section of Faces from the Past,
- Added pictures to Faces from the Past, of members of the Elim Church from the 1940s and the
fire brigade from about 1925. These are from the Safhill family archive and were kindly provided by Gil Wilmot
- Added two photographs of classes at Church Street School, recently acquired by the author
- Rewrote and greatly extended the page on Beeston Fire Station. This was motivated particularly
by Chris Hutchinson who now owns the old steam fire engine, used by the Beeston brigade between 1908 and the mid 1930s, who kindly supplied some excellent photographs
Added in July 2012
- More progress with the story of the section of the High Road between Station Road to Acacia Walk. Unfortunately, it was discovered
that some of the assumptions used to write the piece in June were found to be faulty and it has been substantially rewritten and considerably expanded. The story will continue to
be our main focus for the time being.
- Added a copy of a plan prepared in 1908 by E A Bush, the Council's Surveyor which Renumbered the properties on the High Road. This important
document provides a snapshot of the shape of the High Road in that year, the names of the occupants and a cross-reference of old and new numbers. The original document was
rescued from destruction by Tim Stevenson, who kindly allowed us to copy it for use here.
Added in June 2012
- Made a start on the story of the section of the High Road between Station Road to Acacia Walk
- this will continue to be our main focus for the next several months.
- Added all the names for the Oddfellows Group dated 1912, and attempted to identify each of them based on the 1911 Census
- A further photograph of the 2nd Beeston Cub Pack, probably from the early 1940s was added to the Groups Page.
- Two photographs of members of the Baptist Sunday School with their banner, from the 1920s & 1930s were added. These were kindly supplied by Ed Grummitt.
Added in May 2012
- Added many footnotes and the story of the final 20 years of the Silk Mill. This now includes much more than was anticipated after further
source material became available during the month. The silk mill site forms the basis of the story of this section of the High Road - Station Road to Acacia Walk
- which will now be our main focus in June and beyond.
- Added more detail on the life of Beeston builder, William Fletcher, based, in part, on input from John Allen.
Added in April 2012
- Added a feature on the Silk Mill, normally accessed from the Industry menu. This is now substantially complete although more about
its final years and some footnotes will be added during May.
- More school photographs added, including a Church Street school group, dated about 1930, kindly supplied by Lynne Spencer, a
Beeston Fields Secondary School camp photograph from 1962 from John Allen and a photograph of Class 4 Middle from that school, dated 1952/3,
supplied by David Stimpson. Denis Wardle was also able to add names to the Beeston Fields class of 1964 and to the Roundhill School phototograph of 1956.
Added in March 2012
- Added the years 1801-1805 to the transcription of Beeston Parish Church Burials Register
- A further group of photographs of Robert Martin (Schoolmaster at the National School in Beeston) and his wife have been kindly provided by Cirilo Enrique (Harry) Martin of
Argentina. These should be accessed via a link on the Schools page. These images are displayed in an experimental
horizontal scrolling window which, unfortunately, does not work currently in all browsers. We have provided a link to an alternative page if needed by your browser.
- A photograph of Beeston Fields Junior School from 1936 was added to the School Photographs Page. This was kindly supplied by Andrew Turner.
- A further 15 memorial images added to the Beeston Churchyard page. This leaves 37 outside memorials (not all of which
survive) and 34 memorials inside the church which are not yet photographed. All existing images may now be expanded in a pop-up window.
- Further extended the range of demographic analysis from the author's comprehensive Beeston database, to look at occupations in 1841.
Trends between 1841 and 1881 are now identified. Again, this is part of preparation for a feature on the Silk Mill which is progressing and can be expected to appear
during April, 2012.
Added in February 2012
- Again, thanks to Trish Symonds who has now provided indexes to Beeston Marriage Licences between 1754 & 1777 and to
Beeston Wills Proved at Canterbury, 1384-1858.
- A photograph of the 2nd Beeston Cub Pack from 1938 was added to the Groups Page. This was kindly supplied by Don Hallam.
- Photographs of Beeston Touring Club, shown on outings in Derbyshire in the 1950s are now on the Groups Page. Thanks go to
Brian Flint for these.
- Extended the range of demographic analysis from the author's comprehensive Beeston database, to look at occupations in 1871 and
in 1881 and identify trends since 1851. This is part of preparation for a feature on the Silk Mill which, in turn, is preparation for
a feature on the section of the High Road where the mill was situated. These articles will follow shortly.
Added in January 2012 (During which we took a break in the sun !)
- Many thanks to Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia who has now completed extracting details of Beeston-related stories from the Nottinghamshire Guardian.
These extracts now cover the whole period that is available on-line (1886-1900 with the exception of a few missing years) and provide a fascinating insight to life in Beeston over that period which has already
proved useful to some whose ancestors lived locally during that time.
- A photograph of the Beeston Boys' Brigade Colour Party from about 1959 was added to the Groups Page. This was kindly supplied by Paul Flint.
Added in December 2011
- More fascinating Beeston related articles in the Nottinghamshire Guardian, extracted by Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia , have been added. This now
included the years up to 1880. In recognition of the importance of newspaper articles to local and family history research, this and similar newspaper extract collections have been moved to an updated
- Added Beeston-related extracts from Australian and New Zealand newspapers, all kindly provided by Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia.
- Added details of former Beeston people who settled in Australia and subsequently served in the Australian Services. This further important contribution by Trish
Symonds of New South Wales, Australia has been added to the They Left for Elsewhere page (which would welcome more stories about Beestonians who left for another life abroad).
- All footnote material associated with the story of 2-10 High Road is now complete.
Added in November 2011
- Added a fascinating index of Beeston related articles in the Nottinghamshire Guardian, kindly extracted by Trish Symonds of New South Wales, Australia. This presently covers the years from
1849 (when this newspaper first appeared), until the end of 1870. It is intended that this will be extended to the end of 1900.
- A further Great War memorial page has been added, in memory of Morris Edward Pass, one of several Beeston boys who fell at Suvla Bay on 9th August 1915. We acknowkledge the help and encouragement of his
great-niece, Jill Allsop-Martin.
- Additional footnote material added to the story of 2-10 High Road. This will continue and should be completed during December.
Added in October 2011
- A group photograph of 1st Beeston Guides from 1945, kindly supplied by Jean Read, is now to be found on our
- A photograph of the Boys' Brigade Handbell Team taken in 1950, kindly provided by Ron Farmer, is now added to Groups Page.
- The story of 2-10 High Road is now substantially complete. Material added this month included
much more on the Doar family, details of the arrival and extension of the Boots Chemist building, the National Westminster Bank building and shops
to the rear and the acquision and redevelopment of the site by the local Council in the 1960s. A link to a page of photographs of the clearance of
the site to the rear is now included. An excellent photograph of Bernal Stevenson, kindly supplied by his gt-grandson Tim Stevenson, has been added,
Additional footnote material will be added over the next month.
Added in September 2011
- Added more family details to the Roll of Honour page for Harold Henry Walton, including a fine photograph of the Walton brothers
in 1914 and another of memorial trees at Chilwell Manor. These were kindly provided by Christian Walton the son of Harold's brother Arthur Atkinson Walton
- Added yet more to the story of 2-10 High Road which has now almost reached the 1907 date from when there were big changes which
we expect to be describing during October.
- Added more names, provided by Mick Towlson, to the Beeston Fields Senior School group from about 1964
- Added a history of The Crown Inn, kindly provided by Alan Dance.
- Added a photograph to the story of Grange Avenue, of Priscilla & Rebecca Carter, with their father William Brown Carter,
probably dating from just before William's death in 1887. The sisters were long-time residents of 9 Grange Avenue. The photograph, and other detail, was kindly provided by Tony
Melville with much appreciated assistance from Peter Hammond.
Added in August 2011
- Added a photograph of Sam Weller Widdowson, the Beeston cinema pioneer and lace manufacturer, and more information
about his life - including his considerable talent as a sportsman - and that of his parents, siblings and wider family based on input kindly provided by Ann Widdowson.
- Added more to the story of 2-10 High Road - but not nearly as much as I had hoped !
Added in July 2011
Note - while nothing obvious was added in June 2011, changes were made to a very large number of pages to ensure that they displayed correctly in the relatively
new Safari and Chrome browsers.
- Added a new option to the Fame page which details several Claims to Fame. This describes how
Beeston folk can claim a family connection to famous names in history.
- Added three more photographs of Beeston Fields Junior School, one from 1932 provided
by Julie Bullock and the other two from 1946 and 1947 sent in my John Cocking. Also added a group from Beeston Fields Senior School
from about 1964, provided by Dave Bullock.
- Added extensive notes to the story of 2-10 High Road
Added in May 2011
- Added the first part of the story of 2-10 High Road - the section of The Square that now forms the front of the shopping centre and which was previously
occupied by the much-loved Boots building, Doars Grocery Shop, etc. This first part covers the early history of the site including the involvement of William Roberts. It will continue during the
next month or so.
Added in April 2011 (a relatively modest release this month - but research underway for the next episode of The Square/High Road story)
- Added a new section for Workplace photographs on our group photographs page - which now includes
a photograph of those in the 1944, 1945 and 1946 entry of graduate apprenticeships at Ericssons, with all the names. Also to be found there is an excellent
picture of the who worked in the Cabinet Shop at Ericssons in 1957 on the occasion of the retirement of George Henry Peel after 53 years. This also includes
a resume of George's life and a collection of other cabinet shop photographs from the Peel archive, now held by David Hallam.
- Added a further five pictures of groups leaving on Bartons Coach Tours from the 1950s. Accessed from the link in the Outings & Socials Section of the
Groups Page. These are also from the Peel archive.
Added in March 2011
- Added the story of 7 Church Street and the Humphreys, Tipton, Pears and Bowley families which occupied it, to our continuing story of The Square,
part of the long term Beeston High Road story.
- Details of the life and family of Beeston cinema pioneer Henry Peberdy added to the Cinemas pages as well as a link to reminiscences kindly
provided by his grandson Cyril Peberdy
- Added two more school photographs, one of Roundhill School and the other of
Beeston Fields Senior School, both from the mid-1950s and kindly provided by Martin Wagstaff
- A picture of a Beeston Theatre Group event was provided by Will Heard and can be found on our
- Added extra pages of photographs relating to the families of Robert (Schoolmaster of Beeston), William (of Car Colston) and Albert Martin (of Car Colston and Argentina) as well
as recent photographs of the family memorials in Car Colston churchyard. These are accessible from links on the Martin page which, in turn is accessed from the link on our
Schools page. Many of these photographs were provided by Cirilo Enrique (Harry) Martin of Argentina, the gt-gt-gt-grandson of Robert Martin.
Added in February 2011
- Added the story of 5 Church Street and the Heard family which occupied it for over 65 years, to our continuing story of The Square,
part of the long term Beeston High Road story.
- Our school photograph page continues to grow with pictures of classes at Roundhill School in the 1950s from Will Heard
and more pictures of Church Street School - an early (c1914) of a girls class and a group of staff from the late 1940s, both provided by Claire James
- Pictures of a Mothers Club group and scenes from the Beeston (Coronation?) Pageant in 1953 were also provided by Will Heard and can be found on our
- The remarkable story of the descendants of Robert Martin (1796-1870) and his wife Sarah (who came to Beeston as Schoolmaster and Mistress at the National School
in about 1835) is now provided from a link on our Schools page. This story, complete with photographs, prepared with invaluable
help of Cirilo Enrique (Harry) Martin of Argentina, is one of remarkable achievement and takes us from Beeston to Car Colston, Welshpool and - remarkably - to Argentina and
eventually to many countries throughout the world.
Added in January 2011 (Before we left for a winter break, thankfully avoiding the cold and high winds)
- Continued the story of 1-7 Church Street which, as part of The Square, is in turn part of the long term Beeston High Road story. This
month, the focus was on 3 Church Street where, over a period of about 75 years, a succession of well-known jewellers traded - briefly, Arthur Theaker, then William Kitch followed by
Francis Kingstone and finally George Bateman. We also took a closer look at the early origins of the overall site.
Added in December 2010
- Added the beginnings of a long-term project which will tell the story of the Beeston High Road This month, a start has been made
on the history of the south side of Beeston Square (before it was redeveloped as a shopping centre). As usual, this reveals many interesting aspects of the families involved
and this is expected to continue as we explore the length of the High Road.
Added in November 2010
- Added much more detail to the story of the interesting individuals who were involved in the development of Beeston's cinemas. This now
includes much research on the Widdowson family who operated as lace manufacturers from the Falcon Works on Station Road Beeston - as well as have a variety of interests elsewhere
- Two more (William Aram and Percy Alsop) commemorative pages, for those who died in the Great War have been added to the Beeston Roll of Honour.
- Added a picture of Beeston Sea Rangers cutting a piece of Royal Wedding cake in 1947 and a picture of 2nd
Beeston Sea Scouts on board TS Foudroyant in 1954.
Added in October 2010
- Added a comprehensive account of Beeston's four cinemas (which was very nearly five), as well as the story of the early pioneering attempts
to bring cinema to the town and the interesting individuals who were involved. This includes many images of the central Beeston area which are pertinent
to the story but also have a broader interest
Added in September 2010 (Not a great deal in the last two months - but a lot in preparation)
- An excellent photograph of a group of New Connexion Sunday School teachers, dating from about 1890, supplied by Clare James, has
been added to the Group Photographs Page. A picture believed to be of the Beeston Music Society in about 1910 was
added to the Societies section of the Group Photographs page.
- Added the years 1860-1861 to the transcription of Beeston Parish Church Burials Register
- Additional research added to the Schools page, relating to the acquisition of the National School site in 1834
Added in July 2010
- Added a large number of photographs on the Group Photographs Page. Pictures of a Valley Mission Bible Class from about 1903-1905, an Old Boys' Cricket
Team from the summer of 1914 (with those who had enlisted marked) and an unidentified football team from about 1900 were donated by David Gunther. A picture apparently of the
Baptist Sunday School girls group of about 1872 was supplied by Paul & Helen Whelpton and David Hallam has provided several from his own collection - including Beeston Parish Church
Choir and Servers from c1928 & c1933, what appears to be a Conservative Club outing (c1900-1905), a cricketing group of Beeston worthies (c1905), a Methodist New Connection football team (c1905), and Ericssons
Crowe Trophy winners 1927. Several people have added names to existing photographs - in particular, all those on the Beeston Silver Prize Band photograph are now named.
- Added a very interesting portfolio of photographs of Church Street School in 1914, kindly supplied by Richard Sutton. These, and associated research we have added about
the staff and school can be accessed from the Schools page. The 1914 boys standard 3 group from the folio, a Nether Street group from c1900
and a Beeston Fields Senior School group from 1933 appear on the School Photographs page
- An excellent picture of Suttons' butchers shop on Wollaton Road has also been supplied by Richard Sutton and now appears on the
Beeston Butchers page.
- Commemorative pages for John William Aby (provided by Samantha Ward) and Frederic Piggin have been added to the Beeston Roll of Honour.
Added in May 2010
Added in April 2010
- More added to the account of the development of schooling in Beeston - including links to details of Trustees
of the Wesleyan School and School Board members. More will continue to be added to this topic.
- A few more commemorative pages, for those who died in the Great War have been added to the Beeston Roll of Honour.
- Added an account of the Beeston Toreadors Carnival Band which was extremely popular in the late 1930s. Complete with excellent
photographs with many faces that will be recognised.
- Quite a few photographs added to the very popular Faces from the Past and School Photographs pages. Janet
Carr and Jenny Tudbury sent a photograph of the Boys' Brigade Gymnastic Team from about 1923 and we were able to add an early view of the Lads' Club gymnasium contributed
by David Gunther, Keith Peel sent in photographs of local football teams - Beeston United, an Alan Hill Testimonial match and a Malt Shovel team - from the 1960s and 1970s.
Brian Preston sent us more school groups from Beeston Fields Secondary Modern from 1948-1950 and a Lads' Club football team from 1952/3 and a photograph of a New Connexion Chapel
Japanese tableau has been added from my own family archive.
- Photographs of the aftermath of the major fire at Wilkinsons Anglo Scotian Mill in 1886 have emerged from two sources. Ernest Pollard provided two which
had been used to promote the quality of an office safe which is said to have protected its contents through the fire and several more have been kindly provided by Val Bird
of the Bramcote History Group, from the family album of the Smiths of Bramcote Hall. This incident was already mentioned in the last item in our page of newspaper snippets
included in our Miscellany page. We have now provided a link to these interesting photographs.
Added in March 2010
- A comprehensive account of the development of schooling in Beeston is now included. This now includes the photographs of the pupils
of the Wesleyan School from the 1870s (previously shown on the school photographs page) and now including a new photograph of the girls' class from that era.
- Three more commemorative pages, for those who died in the Great War have been added to the Beeston Roll of Honour.
- Photographs continue to arrive for our Faces from the Past page. Janet Carr and Jenny Tudbury sent a photograph of the Boys' Brigate band
from 1925 and George Tuck sent pictures of 10th Beeston cubs in about 1951, Ericssons Hockey Club from about 1955 and an Ericssons Christmas Party from 1950
Added in February 2010
- Several people are now named on the Old Cricketers outing photograph - see it at Outings and Sports Teams section of
the Faces From the Past page. Thanks to Avril Wheeler and Lorraine Gerry. Avril also identified her great-grandfather, Samuel Skipworth on the 1908 picture of
Beeston Sunday Men's Guild.
- Janet Carr (née Meakin) kindly sent a photograph of Church St School Boys from about 1918 which includes
her father, Arthur Jack Meakin - and has added a outline of his life. And on the same page there is now a picture of Church St
School Infants from about 1929, kindly provided by Lorraine Gerry.
- More commemorative pages, for several more of those who died in the Great War have been added to the Beeston Roll of Honour.
It will take some time but the intention is to eventually complete a page for each of the 273 from Beeston who died.
- David Gardner has supplied a photograph of the staff of Beeston Fields Secondary School from 1964 - with everyone
- Haydn Morris has kindly sent a photograph he found at a Collectors' Fair. It shows Allen Gething Fletcher with an inscription on the back
confirming that he was killed on the railway track near Beeston in 1897. This incident was already mentioned in the last item in our page of newspaper snippets
included in our Miscellany page. We have now provided a link to the photograph and added an overview of Fletcher's life and that of John Henry Chapman who was killed in
the same incident.
Added in January 2010 (We have been away finding some sun and missing the snow but have added what came in)
- Joseph Blackwell has kindly provided a photograph of an outing leaving the Old Cricketers in 1953 as well as more names for
the darts team photograph. See them in the Outings and Sports Teams sections of the Faces From the Past page.
- Janet Carr and her sister Jenny Tudbury (both née Meakin) have supplying the photograph of a Church
Street School class from about 1922, which includes their mother.
- Susan Kirk (née Winfield) has identified her father George Winfield on the photograph of Nether
Street School dated about 1920.
Added in December 2009
- Commemorative pages for several more of those who died in the Great War added to the Beeston Roll of Honour. Many more
are in preparation.
- A group of excellent photographs of the Boys Brigade at camp in 1912 and its band in about 1913 were kindly supplied by Ed Grummitt. These have now
been featured, along with some Brigade photographs we already had, in the Societies & Clubs section on the Faces From the Past page.
- Joseph Blackwell has kindly supplied a photograph of the Old Cricketers Darts Team, probably from the early 1960s. This can be accessed from the
Sports Teams section of the Faces From the Past page. Some are named and more names are expected to follow.
- Using the information now available in the 1911 Census, we have added to the potted biographies of those appearing in the Beeston Rangers Football
Club photograph from 1907. This is also accessed from the Sports Teams section.
Added in November 2009
Added in October 2009
- The memorial pages dedicated to Old Boys of the Beeston Boys Brigade are now substantially complete and have now been renamed as Boys Brigade in
WW1. A Roll of Honour for all Beeston men who died in the Great War has now been created, listing 273 names. We expect to provide an individual tribute
to each of these over time.
- Maurice Oswin has sent a Beeston Fields Secondary School class photograph from 1952 and Keith
Peel has added a further two photographs from that decade at that school - including its 1958 league winning football team from 1958.
- Two photographs of boys' classes at the school in Chapel Street, Beeston, dating from 1874 and 1875, have been added. These
are particularly interesting as the names of almost all the boys have been recorded. Using census and other records, we have been able to further identify most of
the named individuals. These important images, providing a glimpse of named Beestonians from over 130 years ago, are from the Martin family album and
were provided by Geoffrey Drinkwater.
- Entries for the years 1858 and 1859 have now been added to the Beeston Burial Register transcript.
Added in September 2009
- A further 10 more memorial pages have been added to the Roll of Honour for those members of the local Boys' Brigade) who
died in the Great War. This leaves seven of the 42 members who lost their lives; these will certainly be completed during October. We heve also adding some feedback from
some who have found their relative in the Roll.
- George Moore.has sent us a further school photograph, this time of an athletics team from Nether
Street School from about 1950, which includes his wife Alma.
Added in August 2009
- 20 more memorial pages have been added to the Roll of Honour. During September, thanks to the work of Ray Smedley, we expect to complete the
memorial to the 42 members of the Beeston Old Boys' (all previously members of the local Boys' Brigade) who made the Supreme Sacrifice. A memorial in Beeston Parish Church
records the names of 271 Beeston men who died in the Great War. This tragic loss of young life had a devastating impact in Beeston - a tragedy that was repeated in communities up and
down the land. In time, we hope to honour that sacrifice with a memorial page to each local individual.
- Another school group photograph, this time of a class from about 1948 at Beeston Fields Secondary Modern School, kindly
provided, with some names, by George Moore.
Added in July 2009
- A Roll of Honour commemorating those from Beeston who were killed or died of wounds during or as a result of the fighting
during the Great War, 1914-1918 has been started. This is based on the work of Ray Smedley and starts with those members of the Beeston Old Boys' Association who
made the Supreme Sacrifice.
- Added a transcription of Phillimore, Beeston Marriages 1558 to 1812 by Trish Symonds which we have restructured so
that it is presented in a convenient tabular format for ease of use.
Added in June 2009
- The growing complexity and interest in the site meant that it was time to add a Site Search which
can now be accessed from an option on the right of the top-of-screen navigation bar throughout the site. A site map is also available through this route. An option is now provided on the
Whats New page (see above) so that regular visitors can sign up to be notified by e-mail or RSS feed when new items are added. Please note that these facilities include some mild, non-aggressive
advertising, as the cost of providing these facilities advertising-free is prohibitive for a site that is now getting fairly large.
- More school photographs of Beeston Fields Secondary School have been added - three from 1948-1950, sent in by Geoffrey Pearson and
two from 1959/1961 from Malcolm Potter. Interestingly, these last two group photographs include Paul Smith who, of course, went on to achieve international success as a
These photographs are the first to support the identification of individuals in the group, revealed by placing your mouse over each face. We intend to extend this
feature over all photographs, where applicable - and to enable links to related information where appropriate.
Added in May 2009
- Alan Mann looks back on his early life in Beeston and gives us an interesting
insight into an era that has now passed
- More details of the Carlisle Family added to the story of the descendants of
Elizabeth Nutt with help from Elizabeth Ann Carlisle.
- Added an excellent photograph of the Beeston Sunday Men's Guild from about 1908,
sent in by Judith Huntridge.
Added in April 2009
Added in March 2009
- The collection of school and other group photographs continues
to grow. This month, Lucy Thornhill provided a Beeston Fields picture from 1944 and Ed Grummitt sent in a photograph of Church Street Infants
from about 1918 as well as two of local athletics clubs from around 1901. Names continue to be added to existing photographs.
- Excellent photographs of Rev. Thomas J Oldrini (Vicar of Beeston 1854-1885) and his wife Maria (née Drage) have been provided by
Carolyn Noon. This can be accessed using a link on the Oldrini Family page.
Added in February 2009
- An excellent collection of photographs from the Burnham family album, provided by a descendant, Paul Day. These can be
seen by following the links on the Burnham Family and on the page for the Next Generation. They
have also been added to the respective individual pages in the Burnham genealogy.
Added in January 2009
No more this month as it was a time for getting away and finding some sun! But much more in the pipe-line to look forward to.
Added in December 2008
- The story behind the Crimean War Memorial on which William Jowett and three other Beeston men are commemorated -
and an account of the life of Robert Oldham who was the only survivor of the Crimean War from Beeston.
Added in November 2008
- David J Gunther tells the story of George Edward Hodgkinson who was born and lived his early
life in Beeston and went on to become known as "Mr Coventry" as a result of his work in local politics in Coventry - including a
leading role in that City's rebuild after World War 2.
- Added detail about the appearance of William Frederick Wallett (grand nephew of "The
Jester") in the Barnum & Bailey tour of Europe in 1900/1901 where he was accompanied by his wife Florence May (née Lillo). Thanks to
information provided by Christopher Wentworth-Stanley, who provided details of the baptism of their daughter Florence May Lillo Wallett while
they were in Vienna.
Added in October 2008
- The history behind the shop at 39 Chilwell Road told by David Hallam - who goes on
to look at butchers shops in Beeston in the first half of the 20th Century.
Added in September 2008
- More school photographs - this time from Beeston Fields Junior School - many of then named. These
are from Malcolm Thurman and from the author's own collection (and memory).
- Further demographic analyses from the author's comprehensive Beeston database.This one looks at Occupations in
Beeston in 1861 and identifies trends since 1851.
- An update of the genealogy of William F Wallett. Includes more on the Loughlins, the American
circus family that the Walletts married into - with thanks to Claudia Sam Balcziunas of that family for photographs and family detail.
- Added a new section in Topics entitled Faces From the Past - a collection of group photographs of Beeston
people as members of church groups, societies, clubs, sports teams and on outings.
- Several additional Beeston sources added to the References page.
Added in August 2008 (where did July vanish to !)
Added in June 2008
- Additional material on the history of the Royal Oak on Villa Street, Beeston.
- More detail about the Elliott family including many excellent photographs from the family albums. The family
of Alfred and Elizabeth (née Burnham) Elliott ran the Royal Oak for many years and, from 1913, operated a well-known butchery business in Beeston, mainly
on the High Road and later on Chilwell Road.
- Two very early (but annotated) group photographs for Church Street School to the Beeston Schools page. These
are from the Geoffrey Drinkwater collection - look out for much more from this source. Also added to that page are two for Nether Street School from the Elliott family album,
two for Beeston Fields Secondary Modern (partly annotated) from Jim Daykin and one from Barrie Fines of Beeston Fields Junior (also partly annotated). Both Jim and Barrie now
live in Australia.
Added in May 2008
- A history of the Royal Oak on Villa Street, Beeston - which dates from about 1853.
- The story and genealogy of the Burnham family which arrived in Beeston from Clifton about 1829 and operated a family joinery
business on Villa Street for upwards of 150 years. The family opened the Royal Oak pub in about 1853 and, through marriage, became connected with
Elliotts the butchers, Belfields the bakers and other local families and occupations.
Added in April 2008
- Added an account by Mollie Wade of Comfy Buses that was being operated by Arthur Howe and Louis Powney
by the early 1930s.
- Provided an overview of the development of Industry in Beeston and re-organised the topic
headings which will lead to detailed accounts of specific local industries. Also included an analysis of Occupations in
Beeston in 1851 - which is intended to be the first of many demographic analyses from the author's comprehensive Beeston database.
Added in March 2008 (Sorry for the break - we have been away finding some sun)
- Added another school group photograph for Church Street School and four for Nether Street School
to Beeston Schools page. Four of these are from a collection of documents believed to have been owned
by Harold Bernard Garratt (see story in the Beeston
- Added a Miscellany Section which will be used mainly to feature ready-made, Beeston-related
contributions from others. This can be accessed from any of the horizontal menu bars throughout the site. To start it off, we have included
two excellent contributions from Trish Symonds from Australia.
Added in January 2008
- The promised significant additions to the story of Samuel Theodore Bunning and Beeston Brewery are
now incorporated - included links to his autobiographical notes and other material. A large amount of additional genealogical material
will be released shortly.
Added in December 2007
- Significant additions to the story of Samuel Theodore Bunning and Beeston Brewery. Added a
link to a list of licenced premises owned by Beeston Brewery. The Mason/Bunning genealogy has
also been updated. Significant new Bunning material was discovered towards the end of the month and is being incorporated as December ends; it will be
published very early in January.
- Notes and images from the early days of Beeston Fire Brigade and its station at the
top of Stoney Street have now been added. Further contributions are invited.
- Additional narrative on the origins of the Hudston family - in particular, the family
of Thomas Hudston. More about the Hudston family is coming in from members of this family around the world
all the time and will be appear when it has been fully researched.
Added in November 2007
- Added the remarkable story of Samuel Theodore Bunning and Beeston Brewery.To support this, improved
the navigation in the Pubs and Inns section.
- More added to the Beeston Burial Register transcript. Added 1856 and 1857. Hope to add more
Added in October 2007
- Made a start transcribing more of the Beeston Burial Register. Added 1855. Had hoped to more
and expect to do so during the coming month.
Added in September 2007
- Added a Beeston Blog to enable and encourage discussion on
current queries and topics under development. This can be accessed from any of the horizontal menu bars throughout the site. It opens in
a new window which can be closed to return to the previous position within the main site.
Added in August 2007
- An outline of the career of Sir Neil Cossons and his early life in Beeston, marking his recent
retirement from the Chairmanship of English Heritage.
- Added links to excellent histories of two Beeston schools written by Wallace Mason
and published on the BBC h2g2 site. This page also includes a class photograph from Church Street School, possibly from the 1930s..
Added in July 2007 (apologies for the time since the last item - but we do have a lot that is almost ready!)
We are very pleased to be able to include all the text and illustrations of "The Pollards of Beeston
tells the story of four generations of that family, lace makers in Beeston, and their factory, Swiss Mills. In releasing this important story in
this way, it is hoped that it will assist members of a wider audience of family and local historians to better understand their own families and
Added in March 2007
Added in December 2006
- Additional narrative on the origins of the Hudston family - in particular, the family
of Revd John Hudston. Much more on the various branches of this family to follow.
Added in November 2006
- 'Black & Gold - the story of 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts, 1928 - 1988. Written by
David Hallam, originally for the Group's 60th Anniversary in 1988 and now republished here with many photographs added, in tribute to
Edward Smedley who died on October 6th 2006. Edward was a founder member of the troop in 1928, went on to serve as a scouter and remained
a stalwart supporter of the Group all his life.
Added in October 2006
- The story of the Dobson Family. This is the first in a series of accounts of families
who left Beeston for a life elsewhere in the world.
Added in September 2006
- A number of additional Beeston sources on the References page.
Added in July 2006
- First announcement of the publishing of the booklet "Pollards of Beeston"
- Over 50 more photographs of the memorials on the Churchyard pages.
Added in June 2006
- A genealogy of family of John Clifford, Baptist Minister & Social Reformer
Added in May 2006
- A narrative of the life of Dr John Clifford, 1836-1923, Baptist Minister and
social reformer, particularly education provision. Although born in Sawley, Derbyshire, he came to Beeston as a small child and was greatly
influenced by his experiences in Beeston lace factories and the Baptist community there.
Added in April 2006
- 10 more years (1845-1854) added to Burial Register transcription. The transcription
now includes 20 years (1835-1854) and now has improved navigation and has been split into pages of 5 years each to enhance performance.
- All links from the Churchyard Memorial pages to the appropriate page of the Burial Register
transcription are now in place. Many, of course, are linked to years that are still to be transcribed.
Added in March 2006 (apologies for the delay - but there is quite a lot now almost ready!)
Added in December 2005
Added in November 2005 :
Added in October 2005 :
Added in September 2005 :
- A transcript of Divine Mercy Exemplified by Rev John Hudston.
- Completion of the transcription of the text of Beeston Then and Now by Robert
Mellors. This had been previously left incomplete. Inclusion of the original illustrations will follow.
- Narrative on the origins of the Hudston family and the
Beeston Hudstons. Much more to follow.
- Additional memorial photographs in the Churchyard pages.
Added Earlier in 2005 :
We have a lifetime of research to add and it is going to take years to add it all - and
we are still gathering information - so keep calling back to see what is "new" !
© David Hallam - 2005-2010