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Issue No. 38 September 2017 (£1.50)


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The France Family and their Double Tragedy (1½pages)

In Lenton Times Issue 27 and Issue 28 we provided details of all those with Lenton connections who died as a result of the Second World War. Amounting to some 134 individuals, each of their deaths would have been a personal tragedy for the families involved. One of them was Arthur Leonard France, whose family lived in the Willoughby Street area at 92 Park Street. However we were unaware, until recently informed by Helen Stevenson, that the France family were to suffer another loss in 1945; the salient details of which are included in this article.


Charles Horsenail: The Lenton Bigamist (1½ pages)

Among the servants residing at Lenton Hall in the early 1860s was Elizabeth Shaw, the cook/housekeeper and Charles Horsenail, the butler. Love blossomed below stairs and the couple duly married at Lenton Parish Church in June 1862. There was just one problem - Horsenail was already married to someone else. Our article looks at the resulting court case and outlines what subsequently happened to them both.


Photograph courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Growing up in 1950s Lenton (3 page)

Peter Swallow's childhood home was 12 Dunlop Avenue, Lenton where he lived until about 1958. Peter's article recalls life in Lenton and 'visits' to Nottingham's city centre. We also learn about his schooldays spent at Lenton Council Infant and Junior Schools on Lenton Boulevard; playing out and some of the early interests he pursued. Peter offers readers a highly evocative account of his time here in Nottingham before the Swallow family moved to Lincolnshire.


The Bardsleys: Early Occupants of 83 Sherwin Road (1 page)

As stated in Lenton Times No.37, 83 Sherwin Road was built in the early nineteenth century. Our article looked at the various occupants of the house starting with Samuel Froggatt and his family who moved in during the latter part of that century. We were unable to identify who had lived there before. However Robert Mellors in his Old Nottingham Suburbs: Lenton - Then and Now [pub.1914] mentioned Sir James Lomax Bardsley, Physician Extraordinary to Prince Albert, as having Lenton connections. He claimed that Sir James was the son of Edwin Bardsley and that he had been born at the southwest corner of Sherwin Road. Mellors had actually got his facts mixed up. Sir James was born in Nottingham in 1801 and his father was Edward Bardsley. The 'Edwin Bardsley' who lived at Old Lenton was in fact the physician's older brother. However if Robert Mellors did manage to get Edwin Bardsley's house right then he must have meant the property that would eventually become 83 Sherwin Road. Our article contains a brief account of the Bardsley family who probably lived here for almost fifty years.


Working for John Player & Sons: Part 1 (4 pages)

In Lenton Times No.30 we featured Chris Blackamore's recollections of his family life growing up on Cycle Road, Lenton in the 1940s and 50s. In Issue 32 he was back again with memories of his schooldays and in particular of his time at Pipewood Camp. Now Chris looks at his years of employment with Player's with this first part focusing on the time he spent at the Radford factory complex.


The Highfields Lido (3½ pages)

The Highfields Lido opened on 30 August 1924. It will be remembered by many readers, if only because it was not the warmest swim in the neighbourhood! It was a popular place for summer recreation, especially on sunny days, but with declining numbers it was not reopened for the 1981 season, and after some attempts to sell it, the site was cleared in the early 1990s. Today, the University of Nottingham's Djanogly Arts Centre sits on the site of the lido. The Lenton Listener carried a brief article about the lido shortly after it closed (Number 18, May-June 1982), and the Lenton Times included a personal memoir of the lido in Issue No.29 (2010). As the years go by the lido is increasingly only a memory, but before it is consigned entirely to a distant past we ought to ask why it existed at all? Why, at what was in those days a remote location three or so miles from the centre of Nottingham, did Sir Jesse Boot, Lord Trent, fund one of the earliest and largest inland, outdoor, swimming pools in Britain? John Beckett answers this question as he explores the early history of the Lido while it remained in Jesse Boot's control.

Photograph courtesy of Marion Vincent

Our Sponsor's Story (1 page)

This year sees the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the Djanogly Arts Centre, the first phase of the Lakeside Arts project. To mark this anniversary Nottingham Lakeside Arts have sponsored our issue and this article looks at what now goes on at the Arts Centre.


John Richard Drewry: An Addition to the List (2 pages)

In May 2015 we received an email from Marion Vincent who wanted to know whether a John Richard Drewry was known to us as he clearly had Lenton connections. A resident of Rothley in Leicestershire, Marion had been busy discovering more about Rothley's war dead. One of these was Pilot Officer Drewry who had died on 12 September 1940. Drewry was not among those already included our profiles of Lenton's Second World War Dead so our article reveals what Marion Vincent has now found out about him along with a little additional research of our own.


Photograph courtesy of Dawn Scotting

Carl Hustedt - A Stranger in a Box (2½ pages)

An internet search using the phrase "strangers in a box" will lead you to Dawn Scotting's BlogSpot. Over the years Dawn has acquired a sizeable collection of old studio portraits and the like featuring individuals and family groupings. She tries to find out what she can about each of these people and also hopes to track down a living relative to whom she can return the original photograph. What has so far come to light about them is displayed on her BlogSpot. Included among her photographs is someone with a Lenton connection. Below we outline what Dawn has so far discovered about this particular person and the other members of his family along with some additional information turned up by ourselves. What is quite remarkable is that Dawn Scotting is largely reliant on what she can discover via the internet as she is based out in Auckland, New Zealand.


James and Ann Roe: Family Portraits of a Lenton Couple (2 pages)

In Lenton Times Issue 33 we featured the story of Reverend Henry Roe, a Primitive Methodist minister who had been born and brought up in Old Lenton in the mid-nineteenth century. There are quite a few photographs of Henry Roe but, perhaps more remarkably, there are two extant 'colour' photographs of his parents, which provide a starting point for this short article about James and Ann Roe of Lenton.


The Strange Case of Dr Jaffé and the Sun-Ray Clinic (1 page)

For some forty years Dr Henry Jaffé had his home and surgery at 'The Hollies' 221 Derby Road, Lenton. He also ran a Sun-ray Clinic on Heathcote Street, Nottingham. All this is recalled for us by an Old Lentonian, after which we provide a brief biography of the Jaffé family.


Society Snips (4 pages)





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