The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society

J. Spree - Nottingham Postcard Publisher

Nottingham - Lenton

John Henry Spree (1869-1932) came to live in Nottingham c.1915. He had previously lived in Hastings in Sussex where he had published a limited number of picture postcards using his own photographs of the area.

An article about John Henry Spree is included in Lenton Times No.32. For more information about the article click here.

We are slowly assembling a catalogue of the postcards produced by John Henry Spree while he lived in Nottingham. Many of the images used on this page are taken, with permission, from the Picture the Past website. This website showcases various photographic collections including that of the Local Studies Library at Nottingham Central Library. If you would like to acquire your own copy of one of Picture the Past's images then you should click on their name.

We are keen to establish when Spree might have taken a particular photograph. So the earliest date for a used postcard are noted along with anything else that might help pinpoint when the postcard was produced.

If you have any Spree postcards not shown here we would be delighted to receive electronic copies of them. If you can help us out with the number, have a postcard that is already on the site but is in better condition than the one we are using, or you have an earlier postmark for your postcard please get in touch. To contact us - click here.



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Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

Lenton Boulevard,

Lenton Boulevard looking north coming up to the junction with Church Street.

Modern Day View

Some time in the 1920s

'J Spree'

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

New Lenton Post Office

Lenton Boulevard looking southwards with the Trinity Avenue junction on the right.

Modern Day View

Some time in the mid-1920s


Featured in Lenton Times No. 32.

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

195 Gregory Street, Old Lenton,

Looking northwards along Gregory Street with the junction with Leengate just out of the picture on the left.

Modern Day View

Some time in the early 1920s

'J Spree'

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of John HibbittSee in Lightbox

364 Albert Ball Memorial Homes Lenton Nottm

Junction of Church Street and Sherwin Road with Lenton War Memorial in the foreground.

Modern Day View

Sometime after 1922 when the Homes were officially opened.


Photo courtesy of John Hibbitt

Photo courtesy of Ian CarneySee in Lightbox

Church & Crossing Lenton 1884

Taken from the railway line looking back towards the church.

Modern Day View

Spree clearly copied this old photograph and then added his own caption.

Photo courtesy of Ian Carney

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