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Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

An image taken from Google Earth 2014. It shows Beeston Road running from the top left corner to the bottom right corner where it joins Clifton Boulevard.

Photograph taken from the Fire Station tower in the early 1960s shows the junction of Clifton Boulevard and Beeston Road.

The first part of Clifton Boulevard was built in the 1930s. This photograph from the early 1960s shows tipping underway in the foreground prior to the construction of the next part of the Boulevard.

Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph taken in the late 1950s shows the end of Clifton Boulevard at its junction with Beeston Road and Abbey Street, with the three-storey cane factory centre left.

This photograph shows the start of Beeston Road as it looked in the 1950s. The buildings in the foreground on either side of the road have since been demolished. This image and several others displayed on this page can be found on the Picture the Past website. If you click here it will take you to the relevant page on the Picture the Past website.

More or less the same shot as in the previous photograph. The original photograph can be found on the Picture the Past website.

Photograph courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Photograph courtesy of Nottingham Local Studies Library

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Graham's Shops at the corner of Beeston Road and Montpelier Road. This photograph was taken in 1934 shortly before its partial demolition while Clifton Boulevard was under construction. The left-hand portion of the shop was retained until it too was demolished in the early 1960s.

Part of the original Graham's Store which stood at the junction of Montpelier Road and Beeston Road. This photograph is currently used in a display at Brewhouse Yard Museum.

When the right handside of Graham's shop was pulled down, this small two-storey extension was put up in its place. The original photograph can be found on the Picture the Past website.

Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

Photograph by Paul Bexon 1986

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2012

The open space at the front of this 1998 photograph would be where Graham's shop would once have stood.

A 1986 photograph taken from the tower of Dunkirk Fire Station showing the original flyover and the view looking down Beeston Road.

A 2012 view of the new flyover but taken at ground level with Beeston Road just visible on the far side of the flyover.

Photograph by Claire Pendrous - Lady Wulfrun

Photo courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

In 2012 Claire Pendrous was a passenger in a stationary car on the flyover so she was able to get this view looking down on Beeston Road using her mobile phone. This and many other photographs taken by Claire can be viewed on her Flickr account where she uses the nom-de-plume of 'Lady Wulfrun'.

Most local people referred to this building as Fordham's cane factory. However by the time this photograph was taken in the 1950s Smart & Shaw's Furniture Store occupied the premises. The building stood on the northern corner of Clifton Boulevard and Beeston Road. The original photograph can be found on the Picture the Past website.

Probably taken the same day as the previous shot, the photographer has captured a view of the advertising hoarding seen at the rear of the furniture store. The original photograph can be found on the Picture the Past website.

Photograph from Lenton Listener

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

The building in the previous photograph is now undergoing demolition so that the roundabout can be built at the junction of the Clifton Boulevard, Beeston Road and Abbey Street. Just visible on the right, in the far distance, are some of the Abbey Street properties.

No. 4 Beeston Road in 1929. Sam Woodhead stands at the gate. The sign by the door reads 'G. Woodhead Coal Merchant'.
See more our Lenton Listener article.

No.8 Beeston Road in the 1950s was occupied by Fisher's hairdressing salon. The original photograph can be found on the Picture the Past website.

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2009

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2011

No.4 Beeston Road in 1998 with No.8, Sid Fisher's shop, two doors down. Initially the shop was a hairdressers but then later offered all manner of things for sale.
See memories of the shop.

After Sid Fisher died the shop stood empty as seen in this 2009 photograph.

By 2011, when this photograph was taken, the shop frontage had been taken out and the ground floor converted into residential use.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Bexon

In the mid 1950s Angela and Vivien Bexon had their photograph on the doorstep of their family home, No.20 Beeston Road.

In the late 1980s/early 1990s No 38 Beeston Road was the home of Adnan Pitafi, whose father was then engaged on a PhD at Nottingham University. Adnan sent us a copy of this photograph - along with fond memories of living there.

No.25 Beeston Road in 1996. In the late nineteenth century this was the home of P.C. Mark Cockerill.

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph by Paul Bexon

The original copy of this 1950s photograph showing the Dunkirk Post Office on Beeston Road can be found on the Picture the Past website. The sign above the shop window indicates it was then being run by J & J. Gower.

Dunkirk post office at the corner of Beeston Road and Lace Street in 1998. The shop featured in Ken Gulliver's reminiscences in Lenton Times No.16. See also Lenton Listener article - Gulliver's Travels.

The junction of Beeston Road and Lace Street as it looked in 2005.

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2009

Photograph from Lenton Listener

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2009

A 2009 view of Beeston Road looking back from its junction with Lace Street towards the Dunkirk Flyover.

Pretty Pot House in the 1920s. Built by Daniel Amos he then proceeded to cover both the exterior and parts of the interior with bits of broken pottery. The property came down to permit the widening of Beeston Road. Its site was on the southern side of Beeston Road at the junction with Lace Street. See also Lenton Listener Article - Gone but not Forgotten.

The junction of Beeston Road and Lace Street as it looked in 2009. The housing on the right of Lace Street occupies the plot where the Pretty Pot House would once have stood.

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Geoffrey O. Ogle 2009

A 2009 shot encompassing some of the houses on the northern side of Beeston Road on the section of the road from Lace Street to Greenfield Street.

We featured this property in Lenton Times No.28 as No.64 Beeston Road was once the home of Herbert Allsopp, whose name was erroneously included on the Lenton War Memorial - the article was entitled 'Herbert Allsopp - Back from the Dead.'

Those planning the layout of the Dunkirk housing estate originally envisaged a road would be constructed from Montpelier Road joining Beeston Road at this point. A gap was left between the houses to permit the construction of the road but it never happened. Eventually this much more-recent property was built on the site of the proposed junction.

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Looking eastwards along Beeston Road in 2005 with the section of cycle path which links University Boulevard to Greenfield Street.

The row of Beeston Road properties taken in 2005 which includes No.131 - see next image.

This cutting is a news item that would have appeared in the Nottingham Evening Post in the latter part of the Second World War. It relates to Noel Truman who then lived at 131 Beeston Road.

Taken from undated newspaper cutting but likely to be from 1947. The caption reads 'Mr C. Truman of [131] Beeston Road,gazes anxiously at the encrouching water which has reached his back garden from the flooded playing fields at Highfields.' The equivalent shot today would look across the Tottle Book to Phase One of the Science Park.

This image, showing Dunkirk and Highfields Park, was taken by Aerofilms in 1928. The photographs come from English Heritage's collection of aerial images covering the period 1919-1953. Click here if you would like to check out more of the images on the Britain from Above website.

An image taken from Google Earth 2014. This shows a similar view to the previous photograph taken in 1928.

Lenton Listener Articles

Articles from 'The Lenton Listener' Magazine

Gone but not Forgotten ... The Pretty Pot House - Issue 32 - January to February 1985

The Pretty Pot House ... Revisited - Issue 33 - March to April 1985

Back to the Beeston Road - Issue 42 - August to September 1986

Family Memories

Elizabeth Ann Jones (née Hodges)

Although I was born at 20 Sherwin Road in 1945, I don't really recall anything about my first home as my family moved to Beeston Road when I was only four. We went to live with my mother's sister and her husband at No.48. This remained our family home for the next six years. Next door to us lived Mr and Mrs Walmsley, her daughter, Christine, and their dog, Wendy. Further along the road was Fishers, the hairdressers and on the other side of Beeston Road was Dunkirk Post Office. Having been given a book in which to stick National Savings Stamps I would periodically go into the post office to buy another stamp to put in my book. It was only when this book was full and ready to be surrendered that I discovered it wasn't actually postage stamps that were supposed to go in it.

Back in the 1950s there were still horse and carts on the road, which was a thing I used to dread. As soon as my uncle heard a horse coming, his voice bellowed out 'Anne get the bucket and shovel'. I think he must have had the best roses on Beeston Road given the amount of times I had to go out after the horse had passed by.

Pat Fines - Australia

I worked at 8 Beeston Road for several years, at that time it was a Ladies Hairdressing Salon owned by Sid and Eileen Fisher. It must have started about 1956.

I have many memories of the ladies who came to have their hair done. A Mrs Onion lived at number 10; she had a son who also lived on Beeston Road for a while with his young wife and daughter. Names that come to me are Mrs Shipstone from number 6, and Mrs Pinder, the Carthy Girls, really too many to name.

When I left the hairdressing salon, my niece worked there for many years. Most people would know her around that area at the time, her name was Wendy.

I have very happy memories of Beeston Road. It's so good to look at the old photos. I have lived in Australia for 35 years now.

Julia Pearl - Perth, Western Australia

Thanks Pat Fines. I remember Wendy who worked for the Fishers. She used to do my mother's hair and cut mine in the late '60s.

In 1966 my family - Hilda, Michael and Julia Pearl (that's me, aged 11) moved into 4 Beeston Road from Warwick Street. The University had recently acquired the property, did some renovation work, and we moved in. Mum was a University landlady and had decided to take in more students in a bigger house rather than work at Crepe Sizes factory on shift work as well as look after us and a couple of students.

The day we moved in I remember clearly. There were three levels in that house and heavy furniture was to be taken to each floor. The removers were a dead loss; if they weren't sure where to put things they just dumped it in the front room which was chocker block in no time. That night around 10pm we were putting up and making beds absolutely exhausted. For the next month we were clearing the gear from the front room - furniture, cutlery - you name it. My brother's camping bag was found on the verge in Clifton Boulevard - recognisable because his teddy was sticking out the top!

During that year we had 7 male students living with us - 3 to a room, all aged 19-20 and only one bathroom! One of the 'lads' happened to be John Holmes who later went to work for Radio Nottingham. He was a lovely bloke.

Not long after moving in the Flyover (temporary project) was built - a noisy time outside and inside indeed

At 14 I became the Fisher's Saturday girl for one pound. That Life Tex conditioner was my favourite smell, but the perm lotion was foul. I remember dusting the glass shelves, sweeping up hair, pegging the towels on the line, making cups of tea and coffee, washing people's hair and taking out rollers. I think Wendy had left by then and Annette Ellis took her place. I too live in Australia and visit Dunkirk whenever I come over though didn't realise the shop was still operating.

The photo you have shows my homes - 4 Beeston Road where I lived from 1966-71; 10 Beeston Road where I lived from 71-81; and the back of 9 City Road which I bought in 1981 and sold in 1985. The latter was the first house I ever renovated or had a mortgage for. It cost £12,000 and sold for £22,000 I think. Loved that little house!

See also Julia's memories of Abbey Street, Castle Boulevard, Dunkirk Road, & Priory Street

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