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Issue No. 43 June 2021 (£1.50) - Available as a download only


Front cover of Issue 43 - Lenton Times. Our front cover photograph features No.84 Sherwin Road.

The Harphams of Newton, Tibshelf & the Grove Hotel, Lenton (3 pages)

(William) Thomas Harpham and his wife Hannah had always lived in villages not far from Bolsover in Derbyshire but in 1927 they moved to Lenton after Thomas had been made licensee of the Grove Hotel on Castle Boulevard. This pub was destined to be their final home. David Clarke's late grandmother, Amy Lacey (née Woodhead), knew the family well, and became a lifelong friend of Annie, one of the Harphams' three daughters. As a result she was given a number of the Harpham family photographs and even kept the memorial cards marking their deaths. David has now shared these items with the Society which prompted us to put together this article.


From Dunkirk to Tobruk and Back (2½ pages)

In April 1943 Thomas Barnes' appearance back home in Dunkirk made minor headlines in all the Nottingham newspapers. One of some four hundred men released by the Italians from their prisoner of war camps, Barnes was the first of six local men to arrive back in Nottingham. Below we recount our own version of Thomas Barnes' story using both the newspaper articles and a little research of our own.


Captain Albert Ball V.C. & the Lenton Presentation (4 pages)

During 1916 Albert Ball's exploits as a fighter pilot on the Western Front had made him a national hero. It lead to be him granted the Freedom of the City of Nottingham. Given his father's strong connections with the area it was decided that the people of Lenton should also mark his heroics in some fashion. Our article looks at what was decided upon and something of the subsequent presentation that was made to Albert Ball (junior) on the 19th December 1916 while he was home on leave.


Three Generations of the Godfrey Family & Lenton (7 pages)

The publication of History of the Parish and Priory of Lenton in 1884 meant that the name of its author, John Thomas Godfrey, henceforth became indelibly linked with this locality. His ancestral roots may have lain in Lenton but Godfrey moved away never to return just as the book made its lauded appearance. Our article offers a profile of this Nottinghamshire historian while also looking at the two previous generations of the Godfrey family and their varied roles in Lenton's past.


John Thomas Godfrey: A Bibliography (1 page)

Our list was extracted from A Nottinghamshire Bibliography: Publications on Nottinghamshire History before 1998 compiled by Michael Brook [pub.2002]


The Nottingham Abduction Case (5 pages)

Our story begins at the Midland Orphanage and Training Institution For Girls in Friar Street, Old Lenton in 1888 when her older sister placed Pleasance Brinniloy there after the death of their parents. However in March of that year she was abducted by 'nuns' and kept hidden away. Labelled the 'Nottingham Abduction Case' it was only resolved in the London Law Courts and ended up costing the Nottingham Town Council a considerable amount of money in legal fees.


Pleasance's Family and the Other Children (1 page)

There were eleven other children in the 'Brinniloy' family and we provide a brief summary of what happened to each of them as well as revealing a little more about Pleasance's parents.


The Bishop, his New Motor Car and Lenton Lodge (1 page)

In 1907 a committee of some well-to-do members of the Church of England decided that the Bishop of Southwell needed his own motorcar in order to better get around his diocese. Money was raised, the car was bought and a presentation was made at the Nottingham Exchange Building in February 1908 but when it came for a photograph to be taken it was decided that Lenton Lodge, the gatehouse to Wollaton Park should form an appropriate backdrop. Having acquired a copy of this photograph we were prompted to construct the article.


Digging up Lenton Priory in 2021 & 1855 (2½ pages)

In March 2021 Lenton Priory was the focus of attention in the third of a series of four television programmes produced for Channel 4 under the title The Great British Dig - History in Your Back Garden. The previous October a team of archaeologists had come to Lenton and based themselves in the pub garden next to the Boat Inn on Priory Street. The television cameras then recorded what came to light in relation to Lenton's Cluniac monastery as the archaeologists spent a week digging here with a little help from some of the local residents.

Back in 1855 an earlier 'dig' had taken place on the site of the priory when mains water pipes were laid in Old Lenton. We recount what ancient artefacts came to light by reproducing the relevant article from the Nottinghamshire Guardian.


Society Snips (2 pages)





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Update about Issue No.43


Given the Covid pandemic we are delaying the publication of the printed version of Issue No.43. Our expectation is that it will be available in all our usual outlets in December 2021.



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