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Issue No. 42 May 2020 (£1.50)

Front cover of Issue 42 - Lenton Times. Our front cover photograph features No.84 Sherwin Road.

Six Degrees of Separation: From the Beatles to Lenton (4 pages)

It has been claimed that it is possible to connect any individual on Earth with another in just six links. Our article has a slightly different spin on this notion. We demonstrate how The Beatles can be linked in six steps, not so much with another person, but with Lenton itself.

Private William Edward Davis (1½ pages)

In Nottingham at War 1914-1919 & Lenton: A Suburb's Sacrifice published in 2014 we provided profiles of all those with Lenton connections dying as a result of the Great War. These profiles were assembled into a number of distinct groupings. The first contained all those whose names were featured on the Lenton War Memorial while our sixth and final group included some fourteen profiles for men where a Lenton address had been found in the records held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] of parents or widows who had moved here after the end of the war. There was, however, a fifteenth profile, which we chose not to include. There was much in the profile of Private W.E. Davis that had proved problematic not least his supposed widow. The recent appearance of some additional source material has allowed us to firm up what had previously been little more than conjecture and we offer readers this belated profile of William Edward Davis

Cottesmore Boys School Recalled (1½ pages)

For the past forty years Trevor Lamb has resided in Lincolnshire but he spent his early years living on the Lenton Abbey estate and actually attended Cottesmore Boys School between September 1954 and July 1956. It was only recently that Trevor came across a copy of Lenton Times No.32, which contained the article by Chris Blackamore about his schooldays spent in Lenton. For the two years that he attended Cottesmore Boys Trevor was in the very same class as Chris and found his article of great interest. Trevor now offers readers some school memories of his own.

Ballooning and Nottingham (2 page)

Robin Macey is a member of Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon Club and has made over three hundred balloon flights since 1984. Aerial photographs taken during his flights have subsequently appeared in many local publications. It is now fifty years since the very first hot air balloon launch in Nottingham and to mark the occasion Robin recalls those events in Wollaton Park.

200 Years Ago: The First Balloon Flight From Nottingham (2 pages)

The first successful balloonist to be seen in Nottingham was back in 1813 and Robin Macey provides us with the salient details behind James Sadler's ascent.

Some Highlights of Balloon Flights in Nottingham (1 page)

Robin Macey concludes his look at ballooning with the potted highlights of what went on in Nottingham over the past two centuries.

Aerial Photograph (2 pages)

One of Robin Macey's wonderful aerial photographs, taken from a hot air balloon while it was floating over New Lenton in July 2004.

Nottingham's National Shell Factory (4 page)

During the Great War a number of factories in the Nottingham area were established to assist with the production of armaments. Most readers will be aware of the National Shell Filling Factory built out at Chilwell which began operations in early 1916; part of which blew up on 1 July 1918 killing 134 people. In Nottingham itself there was the National Projectile Factory in the Meadows established by Cammell-Laird, which started producing shell casings in 1916. The following year it was reclassified as a National Ordnance Factory and thereafter focussed most of its efforts on the production of heavy artillery guns. These were both very big enterprises. Predating them both, although operating on a much smaller scale, was the Nottingham National Shell Factory here in Lenton. Its former site now lies beneath that of the Queens Medical Centre. Having been given access to some very rare illustrative material we offer the following account of the Lenton factory.

The Original Red Cow Pub (2 pages)

The Red Cow public house that used to be on Gregory Street was a 1960s construction. It replaced a building that had once been the premises of a cowkeeper/milk seller. Thomas Boot, the man in question, died in early 1844, and it seems likely that his death prompted his widow, Rebecca, to start selling beer from the same premises later that same year. This article looks at what happened to the original Red Cow beerhouse over the next one hundred and twenty years.

George Henry Maltby of Nottingham Forest F.C. & the Red Cow, Lenton (5 pages)

G. H. Maltby took over the licence of the Red Cow in late November 1935 and was still 'behind the bar' when he died in December 1950. Whatever success he might have enjoyed as a Lenton publican the main reason we are focusing attention on Mr Maltby is that he had once been a professional footballer playing for Nottingham Forest F.C.

Our Sponsor's Story (1 page)

When it was first established in 2004 Coversure Insurance Services Nottingham was based in a ground floor shop premises at 225 Castle Boulevard, Lenton. In the ensuing years the business has expanded to such an extent that a move to larger premises over on Meadow Lane, Nottingham was required in 2019. Our article looks briefly at its history while also focusing on the range of insurance services currently on offer.

Society Snips (2 pages)

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