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Issue No.14 July 1999 (£1.00)


Front cover of Issue 14 - Lenton TimesGrove Farm: The Sheltons (3 pages)

When George Shelton bought Grove Farm from the Prince of Wales in 1933 he was buying a model farm. The Prince had spent quite a lot of money rebuilding the farmhouse and many of the outbuildings. Originally a dairy farm the Prince had operated solely as a beef farmer. Mr Shelton re-established a dairy herd there and occupied Grove Farm for the next thirteen years. The story of their time in Lenton is recounted by Mary Gadd, Mr Shelton's daughter.


Grove Farm: The Burnetts (3 pages)

The next chapter in the story of Grove Farm is taken up by David Burnett. His father, John William Burnett, bought the farm in 1946. Unfortunately he died in 1949 which meant that David and his brother, Colin, both still in their teens, had to take over the farm. The brothers soon decided that their futures did not lie in Lenton. In due course they moved to farms elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and in 1960 Grove Farm was sold to the University of Nottingham who wanted the land for sports facilities.


Norris the Builder Part 2: William T. Norris (7 pages)

William Thomas Norris had learnt his trade in his father's business but in the 1890s set up for himself as a builder based in Lenton. Once again we detail the properties he built in Lenton. W.T. Norris proved to be a very astute businessman with quite a few strings to his bow. He died in 1924 but his two sons carried on the business for a number of years


Ted Marriott: The Father I Never Knew (3 pages)

Ted Marriott was born in 1940. By this time his father, also called Ted, was serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. He left England in early 1941 bound for Singapore. Following the surrender of the British forces stationed there his father ended up in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Borneo. His mother was to learn in December 1945 that her husband had died from 'exhaustion due to the arduous conditions of captivity' in July of that year. The article explores his son's efforts to learn a little more about his father and his early life in Lenton.


Lest We Forget (1 page)

A project has been underway to record the details of all the war memorials in Nottinghamshire. The details of what can be found in Lenton have been compiled by Les Berry and sent the project's co-ordinators.


The Churchwardens & Lenton (3 pages)

After a look at the role of churchwardens down the ages we pinpoint what can be learnt about their activities in Lenton.


Our Sponsor's Story (1 page)

Mitchell's, the ironmongers, have been based on Lenton Boulevard since the early 1950s. Ironmongers are something of a dying breed but the one in Lenton is still going strong.




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