The Society was formed in 1973. Its specific aim was to foster an interest in Lenton Priory but this soon developed into a general interest in the history of the locality. Old and New Lenton, Lenton Sands and Dunkirk, the Lenton and Dunkirk Industrial Estates, plus the Lenton Abbey and Wollaton Park housing estates are all considered now to fall within the Society's area of interest.
Over the years we have built up a substantial archive of material relating to Lenton. This includes books and articles, newspaper reports, and a wide range other printed material. Photographs loaned to the Society have been copied and we now have a collection of several thousand historic photographs plus a number of taped recollections made by former residents most of which focus on life in Lenton during the first half of the twentieth century. Those wishing to gain access to this archive should contact Cliff Voisey. The archive is presently kept at Cliff's house although, in due course, the Society would prefer to see it housed in a building which would offer easier access to the general public.
The Society mounts a regular programme of talks and outings. The talks are now held in the church hall attached to St. Mary's Church, Wollaton Hall Drive, off Derby Road and will take place on the second Wednesday in the month.
Wednesday 10th February
'The Grantham Canal' by Rosemary Gibson
Wednesday 9th March
The Society's Annual General Meeting plus a series of short talks by members
Wednesday 13th April
'Catherine Compton's Diary' by Stephen Flinders
Wednesday 11th May
'Almshouses' by Anne Earl
Wednesday 8th June
'Hearts of Oak: The story of women who have masqueraded as men in order to join the military' by Bob Massey
Wednesday 13th July
'The Life and Times of a Victorian Lawyer: The history of George Freeth, one of the founders of Freeths of Nottingham' by David Watson
Wednesday 10th August
The Clergyman, the Widow & the Milkman: Slum Landlords of Edwardian Nottingham' by Mo Cooper
Each of these talks will get underway at 7.30 p.m. The cost of entry is £3 per person and anyone is welcome to attend. Last year the meetings were held in the church hall attached to St Maryís Church but this year our new venue is the Dunkirk & Old Lenton Community Centre, housed in the old Dunkirk School building on Montpelier Road. Those coming by bus are advised to travel on Trent Bartonís Indigo Service and get off at the Lace Street bus stop. For anyone coming by car there is plenty of free parking at the Community Centre itself and motorists are advised that on accessing Beeston Road from the Dunkirk Flyover end they should turn left into Lace Street and then left again into Brailsford Road which brings them on to Montpelier Road. The entrance to the car park is next to the Community Centre.
The Society produces a periodic newsletter which is distributed to its all members who also receive the current edition of Lenton Times, the Society's magazine.
Individual membership of the Society is currently £5.00 and anyone living in the British Isles who would like to become a member is asked to send a cheque made out to 'Lenton Local History Society' to our Membership Secretary.
Any general enquiries about the Society should be directed to Cliff Voisey.
Cliff Voisey, Hon. Secretary, 53 Arnesby Road, Lenton Gardens, Nottingham NG7 2EA. Tel. 0115 9703891.
Sylvia Taylor, Membership Secretary, 18 Hawton Crescent, Wollaton Park, Nottingham NG8 1BZ. Tel. 0115 9700380.