The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society


J. Spree - Nottingham Postcard Publisher


Nottingham - Wollaton Park and Estate



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.



Postcard

Location

Date Published

Publisher

Source

Photo courtesy of John HibbittSee in Lightbox

Charnock Avenue,
Wollaton Park

Charnock Avenue in Wollaton Park Estate runs almost parallel to Derby Road with vehicular access from Middleton Boulevard.

Modern Day View

Probably late 1920s
or early 1930s.

Spree

John Hibbitt

Photo courtesy of John HibbittSee in Lightbox

Hawton Crescent,
Wollaton Park

The junction of Hawton Crescent and Broughton Drive looking eastwards along Hawton Crescent

Modern Day View

Probably very late 1920s or early 1930s.

No name given

Geoff Johnson

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

Bungalow,
Wollaton Park

We think this was taken on the western side of Middleton Boulevard looking northwards between Scalford Drive and Selston Drive

Modern Day View

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s.

No name given

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

Elm Avenue,
Wollaton Park

Despite Spree's caption this is actually a section of Lime Tree Avenue, with the golfcourse on the left and the footpath to the right

Modern Day View

Probably mid to late 1920s.

Spree

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

1. Wollaton Hall,
Nottm.

Close-up shot of the Hall looking west

Modern Day View

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s.

No name given

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

2.Garden, Wollaton Park, Nottm.

View of part of the formal garden with the Camelia House in the background

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s.

No name given

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of Picture the PastSee in Lightbox

3.Old Bridge, Wollaton Park,
Nottm.

View of the 'boathouse' at the western end of the lake

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s.

No name given

Picture the Past

Photo courtesy of John HibbittSee in Lightbox

678. The Gateway, Wollaton Park

View in the park, looking towards Derby Road.

Modern Day View

After May 1926.

Spree

Postcard courtesy of John Hibbitt

Photo courtesy of David OttewellSee in Lightbox

681 Wollaton Hall, Nottm.

View of hall looking from the west

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s.

Spree

David Ottewell - featured in Issue No.32



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