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Issue No. 28 November 2009 (£1.20)

Front cover of Issue 16 - Lenton TimesHerbert Allsopp - Back from the Dead (3 pages)

The Society has now identified over 400 individuals with Lenton connections who died in the Great War and its longstanding project to discover more about each of these people continues. One of these appears to be Herbert Allsopp, whose name is listed on the Lenton War Memorial. Included in the Lenton Parish magazine of April 1917 was an entry that offered a little more information about this particular person. It read as follows: Private Herbert Allsopp (9th Sherwoods), late of 72, Willoughby Street served in the Mediterranean Force, was 'missing' last year and is now reported as 'killed in action'. He wrote to the Vicar asking him for one of the Khaki Testaments and this was sent him in November 1915. However, no one called Herbert Allsopp of Nottingham appears in any of the official records of servicemen killed in the First World War. Eventually, courtesy of professional researcher, Ann Swabey, we were able to locate his military records held at the National Archives at Kew. They reveal a very different fate for Herbert Allsopp from the one we were expecting.

The Berbanks of 73 Prebend Gardens, Chiswick & 30 Church Street, Lenton (5 pages)

You will find the name A E. Berbank mentioned in Lenton Times No.25 as the joint author, with R. H. Elliott, of an article on the archaeological Pen and ink drawing carried out by A.E. Berbank in 1919 of the stretch of the Nottingham canal between Carrington street and Wilford Road. investigations on Lenton Priory carried out in the 1940s that was published in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire in 1952. In the same issue of Lenton Times we included his conjectural drawing of what the Priory church may have looked like, which was also reproduced in the Nottinghamshire Guardian. Beyond that we knew nothing more about Mr Berbank. That is until now. Trevor Berbank, his son, reveals more about the life and times of the Berbank family, which include some fourteen years spent in residence at 30 Church Street, New Lenton.

The article concludes with a brief summary of his father's artistic endeavours, which reads as follows:

Albert Edward Berbank S.G.A., MSIA, NRD, FCIAD
Born in Nottingham 3 October 1896 died in Stamford Brook, London 1 December 1967; painter in oils & watercolours; wood engraver and illustrator. Studied at Nottingham School of Art (1912-16), at St. Martin's School of Art (1924-34), and at Westminster School of Art under Bernard Meninsky and Walter Bayes (1934-36). Member of the Society of Graphic Art; Member of the Society of Industrial Artists; Fellow of Central Institute for Art & Design; listed in the National Register of Designers. Exhibited at the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours; Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers/Printmakers; Society of Graphic Art and also abroad.

Sir Thomas Shipstone of Lenton Firs (3 pages)

Before Lenton Firs became part of the University campus it was the home of Sir Thomas Shipstone. The Nottingham business founded by his father is no longer in operation but, under Sir Thomas's stewardship, it became one of the largest brewing concerns in the East Midlands. In this article we recall both the man and his family business.

Lenton Firs Rock Garden (1 page)

Given that this issue is sponsored by University of Nottingham's Estate Office and that we were also including elsewhere in this issue, an article on Sir Thomas Shipstone and Lenton Firs, it seemed appropriate for us to focus on the University's recent project to restore the rock garden once situated in the grounds of Lenton Firs. A present day [October 2009] view of the rock garden features on the cover of this issue.

Lenton Firs Farm Revisited (4 pages)

The site of Lenton Firs Farm is now incorporated within the main campus of Nottingham University. The farm buildings would once have stood more or less where the first part of the Cripps Hall of Residence, opened in 1959, and the 1967 extension to Hugh Stewart Hall of Residence can now be found. An account of life on the farm during the Second World War and the early post-war years can be found in The Lenton Listener No. 34, published in 1985. The material for that article was provided by Bill and Gladys Barsby, who ran the farm from 1940 until 1955. We now return to this topic but this time the viewpoint is that of Bryan Barsby, the older of their two sons.

Some more about the Search for Lenton's World War 2 Dead (1 page)

In the last issue we outlined the various sources of information we used to construct the profiles of those local people who had died in the Second World War. In this article we detail some more source material that we drew on, along with our proposals for a permanent means of marking their deaths.

Lenton's WW2 Fatalities: M - Z (6 pages)

We provide mini-profiles on the following people who have some connection with either Lenton, Lenton Abbey or Wollaton Park, who died while serving in the forces during World War 2:
Reginald Malcolm, Edward James Marriott, Ronald Martin, Dennis Cook Mason, The Smith gravestone in Lenton Parish churchyard showing the details of Archibald Smith's death in World War II.  Photograph taken by Paul Bexon.William Ernest Monsheimer, Eric Harold Franklin Morley, William Bertram Mosley, Alfred Henry Moult, John Philip Mountney, Richard William Murry, Arthur Norton Needham, Ronald Arthur Newman, Robert Gordon Nixon, Geoffrey George Noseley, Frederick Arthur Nunley, Kenneth John Page, Francis Harry Palmer, Norman Cresswell Parr, Ernest Thomas Parsons, John Herbert Pears, George Albert Perris, Walter Pooley, Harry Charles Powell, Cecilia May Read, Albert William Rhodes, Albert Richards, Frank William Richards, John Lawrence Riley, Edgar Robert Roberts, Ernest Rockley, Frank William Savage, Stephen Albert Savage, Eric Scott, Stanley Scott, Claude Stanley Sillitoe, Charles Thomas Small, Archibald Smith, Ralph Ramsay Smith, Richard Smith, William Herbert Alfred Snell, Joseph Stainton, Arthur Francis Stanley, Philip Stanton, Arthur Swinn, James George Thustain, Dennis Henry Troop, Wilfred Tunnicliffe, William Wallis, John Henry Webb, Eric Whitaker Wells, Frank Edward West, Granville Harold Wheatcroft, Edward White, Sidney Isaac Wigginton, Stanley Winterbottom, Vera Wood, Frederick Worthington, Stanley Thomas Worthington, William Alexander Davidson Wright, Leslie James Young.

We also include profiles on a number of others who ought to have featured in our A - L list, included in Issue 27 but whose connection with our particular locality only came to light after that particular issue was published. They are: William Leonard Barber; John (Jack) Henry Box; Edward William Dalton; Harry William Faulkes; Joseph Fields; Charles Ian Howitt; and George William Larder.

The Wesleys at War (1½ pages)

A brief account of Maureen Labbatt's evacuation from London to Lenton in the Second World War was featured in Issue 27. She stayed with Eliza Wesley in Friar Street, Old Lenton. Eliza's daughter, Sophia Cowley (née Wesley), now a resident of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, adds her own wartime memories and corrects some minor errors in Maureen's account.

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