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Gregory Street

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Abbey Street to Derby Road

The Gregory Street Abbey Street junction as it looked in 2004. No.34 Gregory Street, the building on the corner, was then occupied by a takeaway food outlet. Back in the 1860s it had housed the No.1 branch shop of the Lenton Co-operative Society.

This image is taken from Co-operation in Nottingham [pub. 1963] which contains a centennial history of the Co-operative movement in the city. By the time this particular shot was taken the actual No.1 branch was occupying a different building elsewhere on Abbey Street so the photograph is of the beer-off that became established here in later years.

Taken in 1986 this photograph features the plaque erected on behalf of Lenton Local History Society on the end wall of No.34 Gregory Street. It gave passers-by the opportunity to learn a little about the Lenton Co-operative Society. Some years later the plaque disappeared. More recently the building itself has disappeared as it made way for the new tram route out to Beeston and beyond.

Taken in 2012 by Kevin Chamberlain this photograph shows No.30, 32 and 34 Gregory Street no longer being occupied and boarded up waiting for the demolition men to move in and knocked them down. No.28 Gregory Street, the property on the far end of this row was not required to be demolished and remains there seemingly a detached property with no others anywhere nearby.

This photograph probably taken in the 1930s focuses more on Nos.28, 30 and 32. For many years No.32 Gregory Street had housed a butcher's shop. At the time of this photograph the occupant was Horace Edward Plunkett. In more recent times the property housed Sauna 32.

In this 1996 photograph we see the properties shown in the previous photographs on the left while also catching our first glimpse of the White Hart, one of Lenton's more historic public houses.

For this picture postcard produced in the early 1900s the photographer is looking back towards the junction with Abbey Street. The red-bricked properties on the other side of the junction were known as Mart Yard and came down in the late 1960s.

This shows the northern boundary of the various properties making up the White Hart public house. On the left of the picture is a set of barred windows located on the first storey of the building. This building once housed the Peveril prison. The ancient Peveril court moved to Lenton in the late eighteenth century and a new prison building the one seen in the photograph was erected in about 1804. More about the prison, the court and the pub itself can all be found in Lenton Times No.37.

For this 1996 shot we have moved along Gregory Street and are approaching its junction with Leen Gate, off to the left of the photograph. The buildings seen beyond the junction are some of the properties erected in the late 1960s/early 1970s by Richard Costain Homes Ltd. This particular part of the Lenton Gardens housing development was named St Anthony's Court.

This picture postcard produced by John Henry Spree in about 1919 shows what was there before the St Anthony's Court properties arrived on the scene. No.28 Gregory Street and the junction with Leen Gate are just out of the picture off to the left.

Much the same view as the previous shot but taken in 1959. The building in the foreground is No.26 Gregory Street. Beyond it is No.24 which was then occupied by the Shaw family and in the far distance Ball's butcher's shop (No.22). Two of the four children in the photo are said to be Angela and Christine Swinscoe, about whom we know nothing else.

This image taken in 2007 shows footpath providing access from Gregory Street on to Swenson Avenue and the rest of the Lenton Gardens Estate. On the left of the footpath is the last of the St Anthony's Court properties while on the right is No.20 - also known as The White House, one of the more ancient of the current set of Gregory Street properties.

No 5a Gregory Street, located at the junction of Gregory Street and Church Street which goes off to the right of the photograph. Sylvia Taylor is posing for her photograph in the early 1970s in front of the property that was then the home of her grandparents, George Henry and Elizabeth Hurst.

For this photograph we have moved further along Gregory Street and are looking back towards Church Street. No.5a is now on our left and it has scaffolding around it as an extension to the building was then under way. On the right of the road in the middle distance is No. 16 Gregory Street also known as Roseneath, another of Lenton's older properties. The most evident feature in the photograph taken in 1980 is the water flooding the road surface. Flooding used to be a regular feature of this part of Lenton when the storm water drains located under the road proved insufficient to the task.

In this 2015 photograph you can see the two-storey extension that was added to the rear of 5a Gregory Street in the early 1980s. Also featured are some of the properties built in the 1970s which are part of the Saxon Green development.

This photograph taken in 1992 shows another part of the Saxon Green housing complex. It was built by Spinrock Ltd. primarily on the site of No.5 Gregory Street while also taking part of the kitchen garden that used to be attached to 5a Gregory Street. The property that came down had been erected in 1880s and was itself a replacement for the Manor House which had to come down over on Church Street. The original Manor House then occupied by one of the local farmers stood in the way of the new railway bridge and embankment that was constructed on Church Street doing away with the need for the level crossing gates and someone to operate them.

This photograph taken in 1910 features No.10 Gregory Street, one of a number of Gothick style villas once to be found on the west side of the street. This house stood approximately where Arnesby Road now comes out on to Gregory Street and was demolished in the late 1960s.

This is the most imposing of the old properties to be found on Gregory Street. No.3 Gregory Street now bears the name ‘The Old Manor House.' This is not historically correct as the property that was deemed to be the Manor House was No.5 Gregory Street which came down to make way for the Saxon Green housing development. So if it has any claim at all it should be ‘The New Manor House.'

Another early picture postcard showing the view looking along Gregory Street. The presumption must be that our shepherd was leading his flock of sheep along Gregory Street in order to take them on to Derby Road. He might have got away with it in the early 1900s but it would be a singularly foolhardy thing to try these days.

Part of a £1,000,000 scheme to improve the sewer system undertaken in the early 1930s in Nottingham this photograph shows work underway at the northern end of Gregory Street where a new storm water sewer is being constructed. It would be this particular sewer that would later prove insufficient to cope with all the rainwater making its way into the Trent and cause the flooding in Lenton during the 1980s. Note the presence of No.3 Gregory Street on the left of the photograph.

This is another of the Gothick style villas that were built on Gregory Street in the early nineteenth century but unlike No.10 this building is still with us. Admittedly it has now been divided into two dwellings, numbered 2A and 4 Gregory Street. This building has now been given Grade II listed building status. This shot of No 4 was taken from Rathmines Close

A rather too dark photograph of No.1 Gregory Street taken in the 1960s. The property was now empty, boarded up and waiting to be demolished. The building you see in the photograph was a replacement for a farm house that had to come down to enable the Derby Road bridge over the railway to built in the 1880s and do away with the manned level crossing at this point on the railway.

After No.1 Gregory Street was demolished the site was used for a set of maisonettes known as Gregory Court. Fronting on to both Derby Road and Gregory Street our photograph taken in 2015 shows some of those taken on Gregory Street.

This photograph shows the junction with Derby Road with one of the sets of maisonettes of Gregory Court just visible on the right. Behind it is part of a separate development – Manor Court, which is accessed from Church Street.

No.3 Gregory Street or ‘The Old Manor House' - 2015

In 2015 when No.3 Gregory Street was up for sale priced at £750,000 the estate agents FHP Living created a detailed electronic sales brochure for it. With regard to the history of the property the estate agents' understanding was that the buildings erected around 1600 began life as a row of separate brick and stone cottages. Later they were joined together and converted into one building – the property we today know as The Old Manor House, which has been given Grade II listed building status. Historic England's actual listing, which took place in 1989, suggests part of the house dates from the late 17th century with other parts built c.1790 along with mid 19th century alterations plus some 20th century additions. Within the brochure were 21 separate photographs focusing on both the exterior and the interior of the building. We reproduce some of the exterior shots of the building and its gardens that were included in the brochure.

The view of No.3 Gregory Street looking in through the main gates to the property

A view of the main properties making up No.3 Gregory Street shot from the edge of the front garden.

The front of the house serving as a backdrop for part of the front garden.

Moving further back into the front garden with the house itself seeming a long way away – something that has more to do with the camera lens than the actual size of the garden.

A view of the front garden looking southward. Beyond the boundary wall lies the Saxon Green housing development.

The back of the property viewed from the rear garden with its expanse of lawn.

Abbey Street to Lenton Lane

Whoever took this photograph was standing on the pavement beside No.34 Gregory Street and looking across the junction with Abbey Street and Abbey Bridge to record the other part of Gregory Street stretching across to the canal bridge and on to Lenton Lane. The photograph was probably taken sometime in the 1970s once the buildings attached to Bott's Garage had been demolished but prior to the construction of the Red Cross County headquarters. Since then the Red Cross building itself has been demolished and the student accommodation complex shown later in the sequence erected on the site.

This is Bott's Garage also known as the Priory Garage. The building it occupied had originally been a farm building attached to the White Hart public house. Once Abbey Bridge was constructed in the late 1920s through the grounds of the White Hart it became separated from the rest of the public house complex and eventually was sold off.

At one time we thought that the Bott family had been the first to use the old farm as a garage but we were contacted by Dave Jewell who explained that it had been started by the Jewell family and they sold the business to the Bott family. If you click on the photograph a little more information is provided about the Jewells.

After the Red Cross left their County headquarters another business tried to make use of the building but it didn't flourish. This photograph taken Kevin Chamberlain shows the building boarded up and waiting to be demolished.

The architect's ‘drawing' of what was envisioned as taking the place of the old Red Cross building – a four-storey student accommodation complex.

Taken in May 1958 in the garden of No.33 Gregory Street (the residential property immediately next to Bott's Garage/the Red Cross Building) Albert and Ada Marriott, standing on the left, pose for their photograph with friends and relations. In the background off to the right (on the other side of the road) is the Red Cow public house

This is a better shot of the original Red Cow public house, 60 Gregory Street in the late 1950s. Off to the right of the building was a street called Churchill Street. This ran from Gregory Street to Friar Street but was done away with when the area was redeveloped in the 1960s.

This photograph taken in the 1960s shows some of the properties that lay next to the Red Cow pub. They are already empty and boarded-up waiting for the demolition men. The Red Cow would eventually stand alone, still in use, while a replacement building was erected at its rear

This is what the Red Cow's replacement erected in the late 1960s looked like. Conceived as part of the original design for the building was the red fibreglass cow's head peering out of the upstairs window.

A more conventional pub sign was eventually erected in front of the pub as seen here in this 2011 shot.

Looking at the replacement building from the other side the public bar occupied the one-storey building on the right of the photograph taken in 2011.

The two-storey portion of the Red Cow on the left contained the accommodation provided for the publicans and their families

By 2015 when this photograph was taken the pub had closed its doors for the final time and the building was cordoned off prior to the demolition men moving in.

Taken at the same time as the previous photograph the notice makes it clear the inevitable outcome awaiting the building.

Taken later in 2015 this photograph shows the building after it had undergone partial demolition.

Kevin Chamberlain took this photograph in 2016. It shows the Red Cow site now completely cleared of any remaining portions of the building and awaiting the next phase in its development.

A 2020 shot of the Red Cow site with replacement buildings now starting to go up.

This is the architect's ‘drawing' of what the finished development would look like from Gregory Street – a set of three-storey town houses. What is omitted from the drawing is the Gregory Street tram stop which ought to be coming into view on the left of the illustration.

This is the Gregory Street tram stop with a city-bound tram just about to disappear over the canal bridge and on to the first stretch of Lenton Lane.

This photograph also taken in 2020 shows the other side of the Gregory Street tram stop. Quite how this vehicle ended up on its side is unclear but it put paid to anyone catching a tram into the city centre for several hours that day.

Before moving away from the immediate area around the Red Cow this 2007 shot shows some of the buildings that make up Friary Court, the Council housing development that was built in the late 1960s. These properties occupy most of the demolition site with the obvious exception of the Red Cow. The architects of the new Red Cow actually conceived of an access point to and from the pub that led directly into the housing development. The planners wouldn't allow it and so it had to been erased from the original plans.

These local girls were posing for their photographs in the very early 1960s in the old Gregory street area. Behind them is No.54 Gregory Street, one of the houses fronting on to Gregory Street and lying between Churchill Street and Old Church Street. For details of who they are click on the photograph.

Moving along Gregory Street just beyond the other end of the Friary Court complex was a strip of land occupied by Bampton Packaging Ltd. This photograph taken in 1987 shows one of their buildings fronting on to Gregory Street. The premises had just been vacated and the business relocated to much larger premises over on Lenton Lane.

At the time the previous shot was taken the site was undergoing redevelopment and a private housing complex known as The Friary built on it. This photograph shows the portion of The Friary which faces on to Gregory Street.

This private road leads down to Trevethick's boatyard. Taken in 1987 it shows one of Bampton Packaging's former buildings on the right and in the far distance part of The Friary under construction.

Taken in 1981 this photograph focuses on Tom Trevethick's signage erected alongside the entrance to his boat yard.

The building in the previous photograph has long since disappeared and its site and the strip of land beyond it commandeered for the construction of these canal-side properties on what is now called Claytons Drive. Photograph taken in 2004.

The Claytons Drive properties as viewed from the canal towpath in 2004.

Crossing over to the other side of Gregory Street is this footpath which runs between Gregory Street and Grove Road. Until its rerouting in the 1960s the River Leen would have flowed alongside it just on the other side of the right-hand set of railings. These railings have since been removed and the ground levelled as part of environmental improvements carried out in the 1990s.

On Gregory Street just beyond the footpath is a complex of buildings occupying the plot of land next to the canal. This 2007 shot provides us with the view of them from Gregory Street.

Most of the properties on this site belong to Mellors & Kirk, the Nottingham auctioneers and the building at the far end is where the actual auctions take place.

Moving on to the site of Mellors & Kirk this 2008 shot provides a close-up of the building in which the auctions are held.

We have now moved on to the canal bridge and this photograph focuses on the canal itself with Mellors & Kirk premises off to the left. Shot taken in 2007.

The current bridge over the canal was built in the 1950s. The original one as seen in this early picture postcard was humped back in order to allow boats to pass safely under it.

A view of the original bridge taken from the other side. It was often known as Clayton's Bridge and the area leading down to Trevethick's boat yard was originally Clayton's Wharf. Their nomenclature dates from the time William Clayton operated a coal and timber business here during the late nineteenth century.

Just over the bridge and strictly speaking now on Lenton Lane (originally called Trent Lane) was the Poplars. This shot of it was taken in 1980 when building was already unoccupied and awaiting its demolition. Photographed by Stanley Wilson.

Trevethick's Boat Yard – Gregory Street

Taken in 1976 by Stanley Wilson in this photograph we are looking at part of Trevethick's boat yard with the Poplars visible in the far distance.

Inside the dry dock in 1976

The canal side at Trevethick's boatyard in 1983.

A second shot of the canal side at Trevethick’s boatyard in 1983.

At one time Trevethick's boatyard housed what had once been an electric tram. Originally a double-decked vehicle here it has been reduced to a single-deck. Photograph taken by Chris Jackson in 1985.

Clearly this shot is not taken on Gregory Street or at Trevethick's boatyard. It does, however, show what the vehicle in the previous photograph would have looked like when it was up and running. The door in the 1985 shot is clearly a later addition.

Chris Noble took this shot of part of Trevethick's boatyard in the early 1980s. In the ensuing years the colour tones of Chris's master copy have undergone a change. We have tried to recover those original colours although the sheds themselves may not have been quite this particular shade of pink.

This photograph taken in May 2004 was taken from the canal towpath looking across at Trevethick’s boatyard.

Another 2004 shot taken from the canal towpath looking across at Trevethick’s boatyard.

The third of our 2004 shots taken from the canal towpath looking across at Trevethick’s boatyard.

Moving into the dry dock of Trevethick’s boatyard with two boats receiving some tender loving care.

A close up of the right-hand bay with Colin Rawlson's son giving the outside of the boat a new coat of paint.

Colin Rawlson inherited Trevethick's boat repair yard following the death of Tom Trevethick. Colin can be seen here in one of the sheds alongside a boat currently undergoing renovation.

Colin Rawlson and the boat shown in the previous photograph but shot from the opposite end of the vessel.

Tom Trevethick posing beside the partially completed hull of a boat under construction in 1981.

Tom Trevethick died before the boat in the previous photograph could be finished. This photograph shows the same boat twenty three years later, still uncompleted. In the intervening period Colin Rawlson carried on trying to complete it whenever he found a gap in his work schedules. Back in 2004 when the photograph was taken Colin had no real idea when the boat would be finished.

Bampton Packing/Packaging Ltd. – Gregory Street

The Friary housing complex accessed from Friar Street was built in the late 1980s. The site for these houses became available when Bampton Packaging decided in the mid-1980s to move to new premises on Lenton Lane. Over the years Bampton Packing or Bampton, Sons & Knight Ltd., as they were initially known when they first moved on to Gregory Street in the 1930s, erected a variety of buildings to house their operations here. The following set of photographs were taken of the Gregory Street site after Bamptons had moved out but before the buildings were demolished to make way for the housing development. Reproduced here, they are provided by Bampton Packaging Ltd.

There are two further Bampton's photographs which are featured on our Leen Gate page.

Lenton Listener Articles

Articles from 'The Lenton Listener' Magazine

The Tom Trevethick Story - Issue 13 July to August 1981

Porridge at Lenton - Issue 28 April to May 1984

The Priory Park- Issue 31 November to December 1984


Jean Button

One of the people I remember who lived on Gregory Street was Mr Derry of Derry the Printers [Arthur Derry – No.10 Gregory Street]. He had what I recall was a large cottage-type house with a big garden. In the 1940s, one of our neighbours who lived on Marcus Street, a Mrs Wilson, used to clean his house and sometimes she would take me and her daughter, Margaret, along with her. Once there, we would be allowed to play in the garden. I used to dream of having a home like that when I grew up. Eventually I did, when we went to live in Fountain Cottage in Strelley village.

Mary Isaacs (Rose Mary Dobson)

My parents, Vera & Len Dobson, moved to Lenton in early 1950. We lived at ‘The Poplars', the house at the side of the canal on Lenton Lane, which used to be Trent Lane. My Mum was the last to leave the house in June 1980. Soon after this the house was demolished and its site and the sports field that lay behind it were commandeered for the Thomas Cork buildings. During the summer holidays the young lads from Gregory Street and surrounding areas used to dive off the old humpback bridge into the canal to cool off. I can recall one foggy winter day, as I was going to school, the postman came over the bridge on his bike and missed our gate and landed up in the canal instead – letters and all. I also remember the great bonfires - and hot potatoes - held across the road from the Red Cow Pub.

Penny Heeley

In the late 40s and early 50s my Aunt, Frances Foster, ran the White Hart. Her daughter, Marjorie, died of T.B. at a young age , and Auntie Fran had a window commissioned and placed in the church at Lenton Abbey.

I lived in the White Hart as a child - that was about 26 years ago. I was absolutely terrified to go into the prison part of the pub, as people used to say that they heard a man singing in the mens toilets of the pub. Apparently his name was Lol! I also found out the person who ran the prison was called Pearson

Bill Prosser - Toronto, Canada

My father`s family came from Lenton. He was born at 15 Gregory St. in 1892. My grandfather, George Prosser,was a blacksmith, and had the contract to shoe all the horses for the Player`s Tobacco Company.

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