The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society

Lenton Photographic Queries

Occasionally we come across Lenton photographs where we lack certain information about them. This page features some of the photographs where we want to know more. Any additional information we are subsequently able to acquire will be included in the section below the photographs.

Do you have any information about any of the photographs on this page? If so, email us with the details or write to us.

In 1980 the Society was given a set of three photographic negatives that had once belonged to a Mr Twells who had formerly lived at 30 Gregory Street, Old Lenton. Two of the negatives are clearly photograph taken outside No.30 Gregory Street - one looking towards the junction with Abbey Bridge and the other looking towards Leen Gate. Both would appear to have been taken in the very late 1960s/early 1970s. However the third of these photographic negatives is puzzling us. As you can see here it clearly features the rear of a set of properties viewed from the back garden. Initially we assumed it was the back garden of No.30 Gregory Street. However, on closer inspection, it must be elsewhere. The high windowless wall with the properties abutting directly on to it can't be on Gregory Street! So does anyone think they know where Mr Twells was standing when he took this particular photograph?

We recently acquired a Route D Nottingham tram ticket shown here, alongside the front of a Route C ticket. As you will notice Route D was from Nottingham to Lenton and/or Radford, while the Route C ticket was used on the Cinderhill route.

What is somewhat puzzling is why both of the tickets should be issued by the L. & N. E. Railway Co. on behalf of the Nottingham Corporation Tramways. If anyone can shed light on the matter we would be delighted to hear from them. We would also welcome suggestions as to when the tickets might have been issued.

Acquired at local postcard fairs these two photographic images would appear to feature people from Lenton, Nottingham - unless of course we over in Lenton, Lincolnshire. The first image provides us with the relevant information, courtesy of the football itself, that this is Lenton F.C taken during the 1920-21 season. Does you recognise anybody in the photograph as one of your ancestors?

The only suggestion that the second picture postcard is of a Lenton football team is that 'Lenton F.C.' has been written in pencil on the back of the postcard. This time, however, there is no suggestion as to when the original photograph might have been taken.

Disappointingly we cannot spot anybody who appears on both photographs which would give us some indication as to when this second photograph might have been taken. But then again perhaps we are over in Lenton, Lincolnshire.

We would welcome any helpful suggestions

Image courtesy of Eric Bayer

This is a late Victorian black and white photograph of an oil painting which was up for sale on the Internet in 2014. The original photographer was someone based in Leamington Spa but the interesting thing from our point of view is that, in pencil on the back of the photograph, was written the words 'Mrs Wright of Lenton, Notts - my great aunt.' Given the portrait shows a youngish woman in 18th century clothes our assumption is that this might be one of the Wright family who lived at Lenton Hall. So who is she and what happened to the original portrait? The person selling the photograph states he bought the item along with lots of other photographs at an auction held somewhere on the Herefordshire/Welsh borders. The back of the mount was apparently quite elaborate, with the words 'GRAHAM’S ART STUDIO of PHOTOGRAPHY – Photographers, Portrait Painters, Porcelain and Canvas from photographs and Life – 6 & 8 The Parade LEAMINGTON SPA’.

Image courtesy of Justin KirbyReplies:- Anna M. Bonewitz
The oil painting reproduced in the photograph is of Elizabeth Beresford, the daughter of Francis Marcus Beresford. Beresford, who lived at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, commissioned John Hoppner (1758-1810) to paint separate portraits of four of his daughters (Elizabeth, Frances, Judith and Selina Beresford). They were sometimes referred to as the “Beresford beauties.” Elizabeth Beresford married John Wright in 1791 and the couple then had Lenton Hall built as their new family home.

In due course the portrait of Elizabeth Beresford was acquired by Edward and Mary Harkness, who lived in Connecticut, U.S.A. In the late twentieth century the painting was sold at a public auction for a very large sum of money and has been acquired by a private collector.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Gurd

The Lenton connection is all too evident in this photograph. Our guess is that the photograph was taken sometime in the 1930s and that the four ladies in the background are standing on the back of a lorry which is part of a motorised procession.

We don't know what the occasion may have been or when or where the photograph may have been taken. Any suggestions are most welcome.

As well as a wide range of bicycles Raleigh also produced mopeds. These 'motorised bicycles' feature in advertising material from 1958 (on the left) and 1960 (on the right) that was sent to us by Sandy Ross. He wants to try and pinpoint the locations used for the photographs. He wondered whether they might have been shot somewhere in Lenton. The likely answer is no and it is doubtful whether it was elsewhere in Nottingham. The publicity department might have commissioned images from anywhere in the country. But if you think you recognise the properties in the backgrounds let us know and we'll pass your suggestions on to Sandy.

Glenys Randle was given these two photographs of Lenton Football Club. The person passing them on to her didn't know when the photographs were taken or the names of anyone in the photographs. On the back of the photograph shown on the left was written 'Lenton F.C. taken on Boots Ground Lady Bay'. Clearly the team is posing for its photograph in front of the Boots clubhouse which was erected in 1922, which gives us an earliest possible date. The card mounting on to which the photograph was set carries the stamp of 'A.D. Thornton 34 Exchange Walk'. So we also know who took the photo.

On the back of the other photograph someone has written 'Lenton F.C.' and 'R. Wolfe 43 Lonsdale Rd. Nottingham' in ink and someone else has added in pencil 'W. West 20 Poynton St., Wollaton St'. Quite what the purpose behind adding these two sets of names and addresses to the photograph is not clear. The one person who is clearly present in both photographs is the gentleman with a towel over his left arm.

We would obviously like to discover who the players were and an approximate era when either of the photographs might have been taken. Can you help?

A Nottingham Corporation tramcar with a No.6 on it and the destination given as Lenton - how could we resist including this photograph on the website. A cursory glance would suggest that the tram is on Castle Boulevard on its way into the city centre. However when you look more closely the buildings just visible in the background don't quite marry up with what we would expect to see on Castle Boulevard in the 1920s. The No.6 route went from Radford through Lenton to the city centre and then out along the St Ann's Well Road. We suspect that the tram was actually somewhere in the St. Ann's area when it was photographed. However our knowledge of that part of the city is pretty sketchy. What do others think?

Photograph courtesy of Jo Evans

This photograph has been passed on to us because one of the girls is believed to have a Lenton connection - a connection that may well be the Lenton Church School. However the maypole dancers do not appear to be posing for their photograph in any Lenton setting that we can recognise. Does anyone recognise the building shown in the background on the right? If so then we would like to know where it might be.

We would also like to hear from anyone who thinks they might be able to identify any of the girls who feature on the photograph. We don't have a date but think it is probably sometime before the First World War.

Photograph courtesy of Tim Preston

Passed down through his family, some time ago Tim Preston acquired this photograph. On the back of it someone has written 'Boulevard Cycling Club – c.1890s.' Included in the photograph is Tim's relative, William Bexon, who is standing on the middle row with someone's hand on his shoulder. In the late 1890s William Bexon lived on Gloucester Avenue, hence the Lenton connection!

It seems almost certain that the Boulevard Cycling Club was based in Nottingham but whereabouts is unclear. Was it Lenton Boulevard, Radford Boulevard, Gregory Boulevard or even Sneinton Boulevard? If anyone can shed like on the matter we would obviously like to hear from them.

There is also the question of where the photograph was taken. Perhaps this was a regular stopping point for cycling clubs going out for a ride. If so perhaps there are people with other photographs taken at this spot where the location is actually identified. If there is anyone who thinks they recognise anyone else in the photograph we would also be delighted to hear from them.

If any cycling aficionados would like to comment on the bicycles themselves – please feel free to do so.

Image courtesy of Tony Town

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Tony Town also sent us this shot of
four members of the Club
photographed at Oxton on 29th
August 1891. Charles Adam Town
can be seen second from the left.

Tony Town got in touch with us in September 2016 regarding the Boulevard Cycling Club. He had been sorting through some items that had once belonged to his grandfather, Charles Adam Town. Charles was a lace designer by trade and used to live on Wimbourne Road, Radford. Among these items was a document bearing the logo of the Boulevard Cycling Club. It consisted of a handwritten list of the members from about 1891 and clearly Tony's grandfather had been one of the Club's members. The details given on this membership document meant that Tony could answer at least one of our queries. The headquarters of the Club were in Le Grand public house which was situated at the junction of Gregory Boulevard, Alfreton Road and Berridge Road West. So the Boulevard in question was clearly Gregory Boulevard.

Slightly disappointing is the fact that William Bexon was not listed among the Club's members so either he must have joined slightly later on or else his name had been missed off the membership list. Among those who were listed were Richard Morriss Woodhead and Paul Eugene Louis Angois – the two men whose cycle business was subsequently taken over by Frank Bowden and would become the Raleigh Cycle Company.

If you would like to see a copy of the Boulevard Cycle Club's list of members click here.

Photograph courtesy of Jean Button

Jean Button sent us this photograph of her aunt, Emily 'Betty' Searston nee Daley taken some time in the late 1930s. She initially thought it was taken at a house in Cecil Street, off Castle Boulevard, where she was living at this period. However, on reflection, she decided it couldn't have been there, as the general scene shown in the background does not match her memory of what was at the rear of the properties on Cecil Street. Given this, does anyone have any idea where this photograph might have been taken?

Replies:- Anon
I believe the photograph of Betty Searston was taken on Marcus Street, (which has now been incorporated into Alderney Street) rather than Cecil St. The houses on the right facing down the cul-de-sac had front gardens while the ones on the left did not. No other nearby streets had front gardens. The large chimney is also in the correct position for the works on Castle Boulevard and the opposite bay windows appear to be wood, whereas Cecil, Chippendale and Charlton Street have stone bays. The garden appears to belong to the end house next to the canal wall, or possibly the one adjoining,

Photograph courtesy John Hibbit

John Hibbitt also acquired this picture postcard in 2009. The Lenton connection comes in the caption which reads '3 Speed' winning Munition 'Derby' for the Raleigh. From this we assume the postcard recorded a World War One fund-raising event possibly involving workers from local munitions factories one of which would have been the Raleigh Cycle Company which went over to the production of shell casings and the like for the duration of the war. Although at first glance the location of the photograph may appear to be the Gregory Ground on Derby Road, Lenton closer examination suggests that the buildings are not those of this particular stretch of Derby Road. Can anyone suggest a possible location for this photograph and does anyone have any additional information about the event in question?

Photograph courtesy of John Hibbitt

John Hibbitt recently [2009] came across this picture postcard. On the back the message written there was 'Best Wishes from THE SNOWDROP GIRLS (Lenton Club Girls) 25th May 1914'. If anyone can tell us who or what the Snowdrop Girls were we should be delighted to hear from them.

Photograph courtesy of John Hibbitt

John Hibbitt recently [2009] found this sign for sale in a local junk shop. We doubt very much whether this actually has anything to do with Lenton, as such, but John wondered whether anyone had any idea where the sign might have come from. The name 'Timber Hill' does feature in Nottingham's past as it was the old name for South Parade but this name ceased to be used after 1795. The paintwork on the sign looks suspiciously recent so maybe it featured in some sort of historical tableau put on in the twentieth century - if so any suggestions as to when and where?

Photograph courtesy of David Greatorex

In a local second hand book shop David Greatorex came across a copy of Walter Scott's novel 'The Heart of Midlothian' which contained this sticker attached to the front fly leaf of the book. The book is described as a 'Prize Library' edition. We would be interested to learn if there are any other people with books containing this particular sticker and also whether anybody knows anything about the organisation which was handing them out or whereabouts on Lenton Boulevard they might have been based.

Photograph courtesy of Lenton Local History Society

This photograph appeared on picture postcard produced by J. Spree. It shows a steam wagon with the registration number FE-2031 after it had crashed through the garden wall of 259 Derby Road, Lenton. We would like to pinpoint the date when this accident happened then we could check out the local papers to see if the mishap made the pages of the local press. One way of assisting us is to find someone with another copy of the picture postcard but one that has been sent through the post and so has a postmark with a date on it. Then we can better gauge when the photograph might have been taken.

Query Answered

15 March 1921 - Nottingham Evening Post

Steam Waggon Runs Amok. Remarkable Accident Lenton Sands. House Damaged: Narrow Escapes.

Derby Road, Nottingham, was the scene today of an extraordinary occurrence - all the more out of the ordinary on account of the results.

At about 11.30 a.m. a steam waggon weighing 6 tons 13cwt., loaded with five tons of wood, and belonging to Messrs. J.B. Kind, Limited, timber merchants, Burton-on-Trent, was climbing Derby Road, and when near Kimbolton Avenue the driving chain, it is said, came off, causing the vehicle to run back down the hill. The driver, George Collier, remained at his post, and his assistant, B.L. Potts gave the necessary instructions for steering. The waggon for some time was kept, as far as circumstances would permit, under control, but just before it reached the corner of Lenton Boulevard it suddenly gathered speed and the momentum was so great as to cause the rear part of the vehicle to swing round, shoot across the footpath, and crash into a four-foot wall.

The wall fell, and debris did a great deal towards stopping the waggon. The latter went on a little further, and in the soft earth its movement ceased. Damage was done to No. 259 Derby Road, the residence of Mrs Charlton. The long pieces of timber on the waggon crashed through the lower portion of the sitting-room window, and glass was scattered in all directions. Pictures on the wall were moved, the ceiling and cornice cracked, and the window frame damaged. Two visiting friends in the room at the time had narrow escapes of injury by flying glass.

The remarkable thing is that more serious damage was not done. The house, “Glandarroch,” on the corner of Lenton Boulevard, had a miraculous escape, especially in view of the fact that it projects to a certain extent whereas No.259 stands farther back. Had the first-named house been struck the damage would undoubtedly have been very serious.

Replies:- Ian Carney
The steam wagon shown in the photograph is an "overtype" made by Clayton & Shuttleworth of Lincoln. As far as I can tell, all their steam wagons bore the registration prefix 'FE'. I have a photograph of a beautifully restored wagon of the same type. The legend reads:-

Photograph courtesy of Ian CarneyClayton & Shuttleworth 5 ton compound wagon. Built 1920. Works no. 48510, Reg. no. FE-3344. The wagon is pictured in front of Shuttleworth House, was sold new to West Morland County Council. By 1934 it had moved to Tarroads of Battersea, London. Eventually being sold to engine dealers and scrap merchants J. W. Hardwicke & Sons of West Ewell. It passed through several owners before being purchased by the present owner D. Scott, in 1995. It was exhibited as part of the The Clayton & Shuttleworth Millennium Event at the Society's Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre, 16th and 17th September 2000, at which this picture was taken.

If Clayton's had a batch of registration numbers, then the Lenton one (FE-2031) obviously was built a little before 1920. The brightwork on the wagon appears to be quite shiny so we might assume it is not too old. I would therefore think early 1920s is probably about the time the picture was taken.

Further speculation would suggest that the wagon has rolled backwards whilst unattended. Brakes were very rudimentary and instructions to drivers at the time were to stop with the wheels chocked and into the kerb. The fact that she is still steaming, suggests that some attempt to drive her out is about to be made.

Gavin Holman has a web site which among other things features old photographs of brass bands. This very blurred image taken from his web site shows members of the Lenton brass band which Gavin understands was certainly around in the early part of the twentieth century. He doesn't know any other details about the band and doesn't have access to a better image. We would obviously like to learn more about the band and if possible get hold of a superior copy of the photograph. Those who would like to know more about Gavin's website should click on

Photograph courtesy of Stephen Tring

We know the location for this photograph - the stretch of open space between Castle Boulevard and Sherwin Road with the Albion Hotel visible on the left of the photograph. What we would like to know is more about the organisation(s) whose members are posing for their photograph. Clearly the banner mentions the Nottingham & Notts Sick and Annual Societies and there is also a reference on it to the Children's Hospital - but what other references were to be found on the lower half of the banner and does anyone have a suggestion as to when the photograph was taken?

Replies:- Ivor Williamson
I think that this photograph shows a local gathering of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and the large banner behind them relates to their charity.

If you look on the smaller banner you will see a pair of horns, very faint but they are there.

Do you have any information about any of the photographs on this page? If so, email us with the details or write to us.

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