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Park Street - Lenton


Photographs | Memories


Photographs

A section of the 1915 O.S. map of the New Lenton area showing Park Street highlighted in pink. The section of Park Street from Church Street down to Park Road disappeared once the 1960s redevelopment of the Willoughby Street area was complete.

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

George Roberts took this photograph in July 1961. He was standing on Park Road and looking eastward along Park Street. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.

This photograph shows the rear of Nos. 5-11 Park Street. The photograph was taken in 1925 after Nottingham Corporation had carried out improvements to these properties. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.

George Roberts took this photograph in July 1961. On the left is Park Place while off to the right (just out of the picture) is Maxwell Street and in the distance is the junction with Park Road. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Photograph courtesy of Picture the Past

Most of the Park Street properties had already come down when George Roberts took this photograph in 1965. The one remaining building still visible was the Black's Head public house. The stretch of road off to the left in the foreground is Maxwell Street. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.

This photograph taken in March 1952 shows an isolated three-storey house built at the back of properties on park Street. Quite where it was situated is at present unknown. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.

We are also uncertain quite which portion of Park Street is shown in this photograph. There is no precise date given for it but it looks as though it was taken in the 1950s. Click here to see the original photograph on the Picture the Past website.


Post 1960s Redevelopment

Photograph by Steve Zaleski

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Photograph by Paul Bexon

Premises on Park Street occupied by Martin Emprex International. Photograph taken in the early 1980's. Later that decade the factory had been demolished to make way for a small residential development.

Taken in 2008 this photograph shows the surviving portion of Park Street going off to the right with the Willoughby Street tower blocks centre stage. Now that the flats have been demolished this view looks somewhat different these days.

After Daks Simpson closed their clothing factory in Lenton the building was acquired by Nottingham Trent University for conversion into student accommodation. The original factory can be seen on the right while part of the new additions can be seen in the foreground. The whole complex is now known as 'Simpsons'. The photograph was taken in August 2004.



Memories

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Patricia Gregory (née Moreland)


My parents left Ashover in Derbyshire during 1956 to come and live on Park Street, Lenton. This was prompted by my father s place of work in Derbyshire being closed down. Moving to Lenton after living in a rural village like Ashover was an absolute cultural shock! However, we four children were excited at the prospects of living in a city and soon got to know the local kids and loved every minute of our time there. My grandparents also lived on Park Street and quite a few of our aunts and uncles lived in the immediate vicinity. Having been used to a bathroom in our previous home it was quite a novelty going with our friends each Friday evening to the local public baths situated on Willoughby Street. We were only there for three years before we moved to Keyworth but I still have many memories of our time in Lenton. I have since become a Nottingham resident and my current job means I get out and about taking in such places as Lenton and Dunkirk. At one time I was employed in the offices of the Daks Simpson factory on Park Street and was responsible for manning the switch board and general typing duties. I really enjoyed my time there. My uncle Roy used to work in the Daks Simpson progress office while my grandmother did hand sewing on the factory floor so I was among friends. Next to Daks Simpson factory on Park Street was the Martin Emprex works and over on the other side of the road from this factory was what I was told was a bomb site. Can anyone confirm this to be true? Moreover do any former residents of the old Willoughby Street area remember us (the Moreland family)?



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