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Photographs

A 2020 view of Grove Road taken from its junction with Castle Boulevard. On the left hand side of the road is the southern boundary of the Castle Gardens housing complex. On the right is the Grove Hotel, which at the time of writing [2020] was unoccupied and boarded up. In the foreground is part of the Castle Boulevard cycleway which has reduced the remaining part of the roadway to a single lane of traffic in either direction.

In this 1978 shot of Grove Road the Castle Gardens housing complex has yet to make its appearance. Peter Holland's photograph shows part of the row of terrace housing which extended as far the junction with Alderney Street. Also visible is the corner shop at the junction with Alderney Street and beyond it another corner shop located at the junction with Petersham Street.

Peter Holland had now turned round and captured the view looking along Grove Road to the junction with Castle Boulevard. The Grove Road properties on the left are all still with us but those on the right were demolished in the early 1980s. A small portion of the Steada Raywarp factory is just visible on the right hand-side peaking above the row of terraced housing.

By 1988, when this photograph was taken, the Steada Raywarp factory and eastern portion of Grove Road have been replaced by the Castle Gardens housing complex built by Barratts.

This photograph was taken in 1982 for a feature in The Lenton Listener magazine on Len Jackson the current proprietor of Len's Store [No.35 Grove Road].

No.35 Grove Road, at its junction with Alderney Street, is still with us but as this 2014 photograph makes clear the shop is no longer part of the street scene.

Peter Holland returned to Grove Road in 1979 with some colour film in his camera. To take this shot he was standing at the junction with Petersham Street in the foreground. The beer-off at the corner with Grove road is already boarded up and awaits demolition along with all the other houses on Petersham Street. In due course the Petersham Mews housing complex was built in their place.

This 2018 shot of Grove Road shows the junction with Broadholme Street coming in on the right of the photograph. The bridge carrying Abbey Bridge over both Broadholme Street and the railway line is also clearly visible in the shot. Less obvious is the entrance to the footpath and cycle route going under the railway line off to the left.

This 2018 shot of Grove Road shows the junction with coming in on the right of the photograph. The bridge carrying Abbey Bridge over both and the railway line is also clearly visible in the shot. Less obvious is the entrance to the footpath and cycle route going under the railway line off to the left.

This close up of the footpath going under the railway line with passenger train passing over it was taken in 2008. The footpath runs through to Gregory Street.

In 1976 Reg Baker took this photograph from Abbey Bridge looking down on the footpath going under the railway line with the Grove Road area in the background. Behind the train are the backs of some of the Petersham Street properties. His original photograph in now included in Picture Nottingham, click here to see more details.

Before starting work on the construction of Abbey Bridge Nottingham Corporation arranged for a series of photographs to be taken in and around the area where the new road would go. So in this 1923 shot we see the footpath leading under the railway bridge as we head towards Grove Road. A number of properties on the other side of the railway line would subsequently be demolished including these ones standing on Broadholme Street. This is another image taken from Picture Nottingham. Click here for more details.

Taken at the same time as the previous photograph the photographer has moved further along the footpath in order to take a close-up of the bridge. On the other side of the railway line and off to the right are some of the Grove Road properties. This is another image taken from Picture Nottingham. Click here for more details.

For the third of this sequence of photographs the Corporation's photographer has come under the railway bridge and is looking back at it from Grove Road. This third image taken from Picture Nottingham can be checked out on the Picture Nottingham website by clicking here.

Taken in the backyard of No.24 Grove Road in the early 1960s someone's dog is having its picture taken. In the background we get a glimpse of some of the brickwork forming one of the archways making up the bridgework for Abbey Bridge.


Some time after the Grove Hotel closed for business a group calling itself Forbidden Decay gained access to the building, took these photographs of the ground floor of the pub and posted them on their Facebook page.


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