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Issue No. 33 September 2013 (£1.50)


Front cover of Issue 33 - Lenton TimesJimmy Bagshaw: Lenton's International Footballer (11 pages)

In Issue 29 of Lenton Times we featured the story of Walter William Dudley who played for Nottingham Forest F.C. from 1900 to 1914. We now turn our attention to a second professional footballer with Lenton connections. John James Bagshaw eventually played for England while living here and, unlike Walter Dudley, remained a Lenton resident for the rest of his life.


Photograph courtesy of the family of the late Paul Victor Johns

John James Bagshaw was on Derby County's books from 1906 until 1920, although during the First World War he turned out some eighty times for the Notts County team as a guest player. In 1920 he joined Notts County but at the end of the 1921/22 season was sold to Watford. After one season spent with Watford in the newly created Third Division he played for such local non-league sides as Ilkeston United and Grantham Town. After almost twenty years as a professional footballer he finally hung up his boots at the end of the 1925/26 season. Jimmy Bagshaw then worked at the Raleigh Cycle factory as a tool setter but in his spare time acted as a scout for Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Coventry City.

Our extensive article takes the reader through each season of Jimmy Bagshaw's professional career; the undoubted highpoint being his selection to play for England in 1919. Aware that not all our readers will be quite so interested in what was happening to Derby County in this pre-war era we have included all the league tables so that readers can see how other teams in the Football League were faring during this period.


The Lenton Music Cabinet plus The Death of Eric Bernard Carver (3 pages)

Some years ago a resident of Leeds acquired a music cabinet in a second-hand shop in Stanningley. On the music cabinet was a plaque stating that it had been: Presented to Mr W.A. CARVER by the members of the Lenton Wesleyan Choir as an appreciation of his 21 years service as Choir Master January 1924. They wondered if we could tell them anything about Mr Carver. In our article we detail what has subsequently come to light about Mr Carver and his time in Lenton.

It was only when we tried to piece together how this cabinet might have ended up in Stanningley that we realised that this item of furniture had a link with the tragic murder of William Carver's son, Eric, which occurred here in Lenton in late December 1980.


Front cover of Tony Hadland's bookLocal Listings: Raleigh: Past and Presence of an Iconic Bicycle Brand by Tony Hadland (1½ pages)

This book, published in 2011, offers the reader an extremely comprehensive history of all aspects of the Raleigh Cycle Company from its start in Raleigh Street, Nottingham in the 1880s to its present base out at Eastwood - not forgetting the period from 1897 to 2002 when the main factory was here in Lenton.


Shedding Light on a Little Bit of Lenton's Past (2 pages)

While passing through Lenton on the train James Eadon noticed an old concrete lamppost poking through the foliage beside the railway line. As a lamp post enthusiast he came back another day to investigate the site and discovered that there were not one but two of these old lamp posts. Puzzled as to quite what they were doing there amidst all this vegetation James ‘posted' photographs of them on his own lamp post website www.lamp-fan.com asking if anyone could explain what they were doing there. We came across his appeal and our article explains what the lamp posts were doing there and reveals what else James Eadon has found out about them.


Lenton Priory: The Tramline Excavations (2 pages)

Front cover of Tony Hadland's book

At the time of writing [2013] the work going on in Lenton for the new tramline out to Chilwell and Toton is all too evident. Properties near the junction of Gregory Street and Abbey Street have now been demolished and a mains cable supplying the Queen's Medical Centre with electricity re-routed along Old Church Street and Priory Street. That Lenton's Cluniac Priory would once have stood here just added to the contractors' problems. Consequently Vinci Construction UK Ltd, one of the contractors involved in the construction of the new tramline, engaged Trent & Peak Archaeology to undertake what is called archaeological mitigation. This means that Trent & Peak Archaeology have been paid to watch what the workmen get up to and should anything of historical interest start to come to light the team would step in and carry out their own dig. Where excavations impact on the Priory site it has been the Trent & Peak Archaeology team who carried out the initial digging. Only when their painstaking excavations had been completed did the workmen lay the cable, fill in the trenches and make good the road surface. Our article describes what these excavations here and across on Abbey Street have so far brought to light.


Frontispiece of Reverend Henry Roe's bookOur Sponsor's Story (1 page)

The sponsors of this particular issue are Bell Fruit Games (now part of the Novomatic Group) based on Leen Gate. In 1963 the company started manufacturing fruit machines in the old tannery factory. Since the 1980s the company's activities have been concentrated in purpose-built premises across the road from the tannery building. So, as the company celebrates fifty years in business, we provide readers with a brief history of their time in Lenton.


Amos Deer or the Story of Reverend Henry Roe (5 pages)

Reverend Henry Roe, a Primitive Methodist minister, was born in Old Lenton in 1842 and died at St Ives, Cornwall in 1920. In the course of his ministry he had over twenty different placements. The most notable of these occurred in 1870 when he became one of the first two Primitive Methodist ministers to operate as missionaries out in Africa. They had gone to Fernando Po, a volcanic island off the coast of West Africa (now called Bioko and part of Equatorial Guinea) and spent almost two years helping to convert the islanders to Christianity. Henry Roe wrote extensively about his experiences out in Africa. In 1902 he wrote a book that was based on his early years in Lenton and the events that led to him entering the ministry. The book is constructed to make it appear that the events that Henry Roe was describing all happened to someone else - a certain Amos Deer. His immediate family all became Deers and one or two other people may have undergone a change of name.

Nevertheless we believe that what he has to say about his life in Lenton is an accurate depiction. Apart from telling the reader about his early life Rev. Henry Roe, was clearly using his text to try and inspire his fellow Primitive Methodists to greater things. While acknowledging the presence of these spiritual deliberations we have restricted our own write-up to more secular matters.


Society Snips (2 pages)





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