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Photographs

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Willow Road Industrial Estate came into being in the early 1960s. Part of the site was initially used for the Lenton Heliport. This had an extremely ephemeral existence and eventually made way for the industrial estate. The extensive premises of Games Workshop can now be found at the start of Willow Road having acquired the site from British Gas which had its regional offices and depot here. Since its purchase there has been an extensive rebuilding programme so the premises look little like they did in British Gas's time here.

The building in the previous photograph now serves as the main offices for Games Workshop. This shot shows the entrance to the office block with the huge figurine guarding it from enemy attack.

Just beyond the premises of Games Workshop is the River Leen as it makes its way through Lenton Industrial Estate and on into the River Trent at Wilford. In far distance the Lenton Lane television studios can just be seen. The history of the River Leen is featured in The Lenton Listener No.50

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

The premises of National Autoparts. There is little we can relate about this business and would welcome information on it.

At the end of Willow Road is based the depot for all the Social Services vehicles of the City Council. Quite a striking building - with its black and bright green colour scheme.

'Euro House' the headquarters of Trent Fireplaces - founded in 1995. As the name might suggest the company manufacture fireplaces. They are happy to create one-off designs tailored to meet customers' specific requirements. For more information contact - www.trent-fireplaces.co.uk.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

This radio/telephone mast was initially constructed for British Gas but no doubt it is now used by all manner of different businesses. It dominates the skyline of this part of Lenton and can be seen from quite some distance away.

In earlier times this photograph would have shown the Willow Road base of Stirlands, which later became part of T.D.G. (Transport Development Group). Housed here was a transport depot, workshops i.e. garages, spray booths and warehouse storage facilities. The site was closed in 2002 and the premises remained unoccupied until subsequent demolition, shortly before this photograph was taken in May 2004.

Lenton has had a long and illustrious connection with the lace industry but gradually these businesses have ceased production or simply moved elsewhere. However one recent arrival is Nottingham Textile Group which is based next to Fitchett & Woolacott, the timber merchants.


Games Workshop: Warhammer World - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - May 2004

Welcome to the world of tabletop fantasy and futuristic battlegames created by Games Workshop. Founded in 1977 by three game fanatics the company now has over 120 stores in the UK and across Europe. In the 1980s the company moved its base to Nottingham and began to produce wargame systems under the Games Workshop name.

In 1997 the current headquarters in Lenton were acquired and within the facilities at Willow Road the wargaming arena shown in the photographs above was created. This venue with its medieval setting has now become a place of pilgrimage for gamers from around the world. Our final two photographs feature Maxwell and Morgan Andersen who incorporated a visit to Warhammer World while on vacation in the United Kingdom with their parents. The family's present place of domicile is Geneva, Switzerland.



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