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Issue No. 47 December 2023 (£2.00)

Front cover of Issue 46 - Lenton Times. Our front cover photograph features Gregory Street 2022.

The Father I Never Knew: The Last Chapter (2 pages)

In Lenton Times No.14, published in 1999, we featured an article by Ted Marriott. When Ted was born in November 1940 his father, Edward James Marriott, but known to one and all as 'Ted,' was already serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. Ted Marriott sen. 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. Our article entitled Ted Marriott: The Father I Never Knew explored Ted's efforts to learn a little more about his father and something of his early life in Lenton. Twenty five years on, we return to Ted's subsequent efforts to find out more.

Charles Morton - Professional Evangelist (5 pages)

An edition of the Nottinghamshire Guardian dated 27 January 1900 carried a short paragraph regarding the passing of Charles Morton. Admittedly it made a slight mistake over his address stating that his residence was 11 Gloucester Avenue [it should have been No.16]. The news item went on to state that: The deceased was for many years past a preacher and evangelist in the city amongst those known as the 'Plymouth Brethren,' worshipping at the Clumber Hall. He was the author of numerous tracts and booklets, mainly for free distribution and was highly respected amongst those to whom he ministered ... He was 51 years old and leaves a wife and children to mourn his loss. Soon after their father's death, two of his daughters, Grace and Mary Morton, set about compiling a book about Charles Morton and his activities as a Christian evangelist. We draw on his daughters' book to sketch out Charles Morton's life and then explore what happened to his widow and her five children.

The Lenton Church Athletic Football Team (5 pages)

This article was compiled after Kevin Walton sent us a photograph featuring the Lenton Church Athletic Football Club in 1897 after they had become champions of the Notts Junior Football League. We explore the club's founding in 1888 and then what happened to it in later years.

Who Were Our 1897 Champions? (3 pages)

Fortunately the names of each of the footballers accompanied the photograph - well at least a first initial and a surname for each of them. We then delved into the records to try and discover a little more about each of them. In those cases we had more than one person who fitted the name we provided the details of both individuals. If you can help determine which is the right profile please get in touch.

Derrick Boddy: My Uncle & A Fearless Mountaineer (4 pages)

Rachel Reynolds begins by telling us a little about her grandparents, Gilbert Joseph and Frances Annie Boddy, who came to live in Lenton soon after their marriage in 1927 and something of their five children. She then focuses on one of them: George Derrick Boddy (b.1933) who spent much of his adult years travelling the world in order to climb mountains. We also learn about the avalanche that sadly killed Derrick and three other mountaineers in July 1960. Included in their number was Elfrida Pigou, who was probably Canada's leading female mountaineer at the time.

Our Sponsor's Story (1 page)

The sponsor of this issue was the Farndon Green Post Office, based on Farndon Green, just off Middleton Boulevard, in the Wollaton Park Housing Estate. In 1995 the sub-post office was acquired by Roland Wetson, who has since carried out all manner of improvements to the shop. We learn a little about the history of the shop and what is now on offer there.

The Story of University Boulevard (6 pages)

The initial story behind the construction of University Boulevard has already been featured in Lenton Times No.39 [pub. April 2018] in the article entitled Sir Jesse Boot and the Origins of Highfields Park. This time we return with a more detailed account and then take the story on to 1949 when the road was turned into a dual carriageway; the early 1960s when the cycle tracks were established alongside it; and finally the arrival of the electric trams.

Society Snips (3 page)

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