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Triumph Road - Lenton



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Photographs
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Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

 

The following series of photographs of Triumph Road were taken in April 2003.  The shots were principally taken in order to show the present day location of the wartime firestation photographs shown below.

 

Although Players' production of cigarettes is now confined to the Horizon factory at Lenton and the Radford factory complex is no more there is still a Players presence on Triumph Road.  This is primarily because the bonded warehouses, visible in the background, are based here.

 

Raw tobacco leaves imported from abroad are, we believe, still stored in these warehouses and the company is not required to pay excise duty until the tobacco is actually taken from here to the Horizon factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

 

In among the Players warehouse complex is this building which appears to predate the rest of the site.  Quite what its original purpose was we don't actually know.

 

Pulling back from the view of the gasometer the entrance to the new Jubilee campus, built by the University of Nottingham on part of the former Raleigh factory, becomes apparent.  The residential block shown in the photograph is known as Southwell Hall.

 

Another view of the Triumph Road entrance to the Jubilee campus - this time with the Newark Hall residential block shown in the photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

 

Much the same view but this time the viewer can see another portion of the Raleigh factory complex in the far distance which is shortly to disappear to make way for an extension to the Jubilee campus.

The Radford gasometer which features so prominently in one of the wartime photographs shown below is still a major feature of the local landscape as seen in this 2003 shot.  

Since the previous photograph was taken the adjoining site has been used to accommodate the new Jubilee campus sports centre designed by the Nottingham architects Franklin Ellis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

 

 

 

 

The sports complex consists of a main sports hall, part of which is shown in this 2005 shot, along with a set of squash courts.  

 

 

 

 

The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

 

The view looking towards the teaching complex on the Jubilee campus site which now houses the faculties of Computer Science & Information Science, Education and the School of Business Studies.

The new Jubilee campus cost 50 million pounds to build and was designed by Sir Michael Hopkins.  It has since won several architectural awards.  The campus was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in November 1999.

 

The glass structure in the foreground houses a restaurant while off in the distance Player's bonded warehouses still dominate the skyline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

 

Going through to the back of the building you emerge on to the lakeside, a focal point of which is the library or, as the University likes to refers to it, the learning resource centre.

 

Looking along the walkway which runs alongside the back of the building with the library just visible in the background.

 

Stepping away from the walkway you see the various little bridges that provide access to the island area created within the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

 

In the previous shot the vegetation looks highly 'manicured' but as you move away from the buildings you see a more natural habitat taking over which helps sustain a range of wildlife.

 

Moving further southward and looking back towards the previous set of buildings you get a view of part of the Business School complex with the Triumph Road gasometer to their right.

 

Walking round the edge of the lake you finally come to the buildings which house the National College of School Leadership built on the site of the old Sturmey-Archer factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2005

 

 

Continuing round the edge of the lake this photograph provides another look at the Nottingham Business School buildings.

 

Back on the lakeside walkway looking southward you can just see the buildings shown in the  previous three photographs in the far distance.

 

Moving northward and coming round on to the front of the complex some of the houses situated on the Ilkeston Road can just be seen in the far distance on the right of the photograph.

 

 

In the run up to the Second World War Nottingham's Fire Service established several additional bases in addition to the main fire station on Shakespeare Street.  Triumph Road was one of them.  Its story was featured in Lenton Times Issue 12
 

 

 

Photograph donated by Barbara Searcy

 

Photograph donated by Barbara Searcy

 

Photograph donated by Barbara Searcy 

 

 

 Click on each photograph to discover more information about them

 

 

 The Demolition of the Raleigh Factory

 

 

 

 

The following photographs were taken on Thursday 12th June 2003.  They show the commencement of the demolition of the Raleigh Factory on Triumph Road.

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003 

 

 Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following photographs were taken on Friday 5th September 2003.  Showing the continuing demolition of the Raleigh Factory on Triumph Road.

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

 Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - September 2003

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - June 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extensions to the Jubilee Campus under construction

 

 

 

 

The following photographs were taken on Saturday 1st December 2007.  Shots taken at various points along Triumph Road which was currently closed to through traffic - as is clearly evident in the sixth photograph in this selection.

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

 Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

 Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

Photograph by Paul Bexon - December 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memories

Dave Priestley - Morton near Southwell
The group photograph of the Auxiliary Fire station (the largest group that is) is the very same photograph that I have as it shows my late father Clifford Priestley on the back row 5th from left, under the U in Auxiliary.  The rear of my copy of the photograph is dated 1942 so my father would have been about 28 years old at the time.  At this time, he lived with his mother on Hazlewood Road, Hyson Green.  I cannot help with any other names but know that he kept contact with several others he had been with in the AFS until his death.

 Let us know your memories of Triumph Road

 

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