What's Written About Beeston ? - a Local Bibliography
Here, we aim to give the definitive list of all that has been written
about Beeston and the immediate area over the years. We are sure to miss much out at first but, over
time, we will add more as we get to hear of something that's missing. The entries are arranged in no particular order.
Guide to Beeston; published by Vicery, Kyrle & Co, Ltd. Undated
but believed to be from 1922.Includes sections on the general description of
Beeston, its administration, brief history, industry, Parish Church, other
places of worship and places of recreation and amusement. Includes several
illustrations of Beeston scenes, etc. Several pages of trade advertisements
are of particular interest. 44 pages in a paper cover.
Beeston Handbook and Illustrated Almanack - 1931; The sixth
edition of a handbook compiled by John Roger Anderson, the first of which
appeared in 1890. This well known Beestonian represented Beeston as a Liberal on
the Notts County Council for over 40 years from its first formation in 1889.
Includes a brief history of Beeston, complete with pointed comments from the
compiler - a tendancy that continues throughout. Also includes detail of local
and County Council representation and officers, place of worship, charities, etc.
Several pages of trade advertisments. Syndicated filler material of general but
not local interest. Approx 98 pages in a paper cover.
A History of the Parish Church of Beeston by G.W. Deverill.
Published October, 1927 for the Beeston church's 6th Centenary. Includes a
fairly comprehensive account of the history of Beeston Parish Church, some of
which appears to have been taken from an earlier account, Gleanings by Rev
Oldrini. Well illustrated. Click here for a transcription
of this booklet. 48 pages in a paper cover.
Beeston Parish Church edited by G D Keeble. Detailing the
activities and organisations associated with the church in 1956 and its history, largely
reproduced from the earlier Deverill version but with added sections covering St Marys, Rylands and
the Valley Mission.Published by Butler Publications, 1956. 36 pages in a card cover.
Beeston Parish Church Valley Mission, 1887 - 1971 by Eric W Cox. A short
account of the history of this mission church, formed in 1887 to serve the new centres of housing around
the then Humber Company works and finally closing in January 1971. Largely a reprint of a article in the
Beeston Gazette & Echo dated January 29th 1971. 8 pages in a light card cover.
Yesterday and Today A brief outline of the history of Beeston
Parish Church by Sheila Allton. Describes something of the history and features of the Parish Church
and its contents. 16 pages in a paper cover. Published in 1973. A revised and enlarged edition, which includes
a useful outline of the lives of many of the Beeston Vicars of the past was published in 1981. 27 pages in
a paper cover
Beeston Parish Church Edited by Sheila M Eden.
Published in 1994 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the rebuilding of
Beeston Parish Church. Acknowledged by the editor to include much that was contained
in earlier histories of this church, nevertheless includes much that is new, written
in a refreshingly up-to-date style. 76 pages in a card cover.
Pollards of Beeston - a Century of Lace Making by Ernest Pollard. The story of four generations
of the Pollards - a family which played a leading role in the lace making industry in Beeston. Swiss Mills, built by John Pollard in 1886,
will be well remembered by those who knew Beeston before its loss in a fire in 1984. Well illustrated. 40 pages in a card cover
Published in 2006 by Lagoga, Kent (ISBN 0-9552554-0-6)
Beeston Fields Golf Club - From the Early Days to 1998 edited by Dick Hutchinson.
Published to mark the Club's 75th anniversary in 1998. Includes sections on previous owners of
the site, including the Fellows' family and Frank Bowden. Well illustrated. 32 pages in a
Chilwell Manor Golf Club History, 1906 - 2006 A tour of the course, its history and development, with old and
modern-day photographs, officials, trophy winners, club professionals, etc. 130 pages, paperback.
The Beeston Story by Margaret Cooper. An account of the development of Beeston through
the centuries from pre-historic to modern times. Very well illustrated. Published by Nottinghamshire County
Council Leisure Services, 1996 (ISBN 0 900943 89 0). 90 pages in a stiff glossy cover.
Views of Beeston A presentation of images of Beeston in the mid-1980s by the Beeston Civic
Society. Illustrates and describes interesting architectural features, many of them of historical significance, that featured
in the town at that time. 1986 (ISBN 0 9510848 1 X). 38 pages in a card cover.
Nottingham & Beeston Canal A brief account of building of the canal followed by a detailed description of the
canal trail from Nottingham to Beeston. Maps of the route and illustrations throughout. Published by Nottingham City Planning
Department, 1981. 20 pages in a convenient format for carrying, in a card cover.
Old Village Trail Describing a walking trail around the original village core of Beeston. Maps and line drawings throughout. Published
originally, jointly by Beeston &District Civic Society and Beeston & District Local History Society and later republished by the Civic Society
alone, 1983. 12 pages in a card cover.
South Beeston Industrial Trail Describing a walking trail around the lower part of Beeston with particular emphasis
on the history and remaining traces of industry to be found on that route. Map and line drawings throughout. Published jointly by Beeston &
District Civic Society and Nottinghamshire Industrial Archaeology Society. 1985. 23 pages and fold-out map in a convenient format for carrying, in a card cover.
100 Years of Telecommunications a concise history of telecommunicatiobs at what was Ericsson's site at Beeston and later
Plessey and then Siemens. Published by Siemens Communications Limited, 2001, to mark the centenary of the site. 16 pages in a card cover.
Barton - Part 1 - 1908-1949 by Alan Oxley. A definitive account of this well-known local bus operator, up to 1949, which, while
based originally in Beeston, established its main base in adjacent Chilwell. Many Beeston references. Copiously illustrated. Published by The
Transport Publishing Company, 1983 (ISBN 903839 64 4). 136 pages, hardback.
Full House by Leslie J Allsop, An account of the history of the four Beeston cinemas - Palace, Palladium, Astoria and Majestic, as
well as the fifth that was never finished (The Embassy) and something about early attempts to show films in Beeston. Undated but cir 1996, 24 pages in a card cover.
In Search of Historic Beeston by Margaret Cooper. An earlier account by the author
of aspects of Beeston's history using survivals from the different eras from the Bronze Age to the the Victorian.
Undated but produced following a series of WEA talks and walkabouts in 1984 and 1985. 24 pages in a card cover.
A Victorian Lady's Diary, 1838-1842 edited by Margaret Cooper. A transcript of the diary of Elizabeth Nutt
Harwood which she kept between 1838-1842 while living at the Boat & Horses Inn in Beeston Rylands. 67 pages bound in a glossy cover.
Over the Hills ... by W. Keble Martin. The autobiography of the author of
'The Concise British Flora in Colour' who was a curate at Beeston between 1902 and 1906. A chapter in
the book gives a glimpse of life in the community at that time and describes his making early sketches
of local wildflowers which were eventually to be used in his best selling publication. Published in hardback by
Michael Joseph Ltd 1968. Keble Martin also designed a set of postage stamps featuring wildflowers which
was issued in April 1967.
The Manor House, Beeston, Nottinghamshire by M W Barley and S C Wallwork. An interpretation of
the house using a Probate Inventory of 1696/7 and modern surveys. In Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, 1982
The Midland Counties Railway compiled by The Derby Railway History Research Group. Includes a detailed account
of the building, opeing and operation of the line from Nottingham to Derby. Two illustrations of the early station at Beeston are included.
Published by the Railway & Canal Historical Societ, 1989 (ISBN 0-901461-11-3) 128 pages, bound in a glossy cover.
A History of the 6th Beeston Scout Group by Alan Wilson. An account of the first 50 years (1936 - 1986)
of the Groups's history, published in May 1986. 36 pages in a card cover with illustrations.
Black and Gold by David H Hallam. An account of the first 30 years (1928 - 1958)
of the 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts, written to commemorate the Group's 60th Anniversary in October 1988. 28 pages in
a card cover. It has now been republished on this site with the addition of many photographs.
The History of Church Street Schools by Margaret Cooper. Something about the history of this Beeston school, drawing
heavily on extracts from the school log books. Undated, but cir2005. 27 pages in a card cover.
Never Let Anyone Draw the Blinds the autobiography of Lottie Martin. Edited by Julie O'Neill.
The author describes in interesting detail, the first 20 years of her life in Beeston from her birth there in 1899.
Includes vivid descriptions of everyday life as a child and as a worker at Bayley's Tannery in Lenton and the Chilwell Shell
Filling factory - including an account of the 1918 explosion. Published by Paula Hill, 1985 (ISBN 0 9510405 0 2). 48 pages in a
The Crimean War Memorial at Beeston Parish Church prepared from papers left by the late Wally Dunn with
further research by Disney Keeble and Pamela McGrath, edited by Sheila Eden. A brief account of the Crimean War and a little about the
four Beeston men remembered on the memorial. Published by Beeston & District Local History Society, 1996. 20 pages in a paper cover.
The Spicer Life - a Trip Down Memory Lane by Leslie F Spicer. Born in Beeston
in 1904, the author describes his early life, local characters, Boys Brigade, work at Chilwell Shell Filling
Factory, football and athletics, the home-front in the 2nd World War and much more. Published by Beeston &
District Local History Society, 1997. 52 pages in a card cover.
Beeston Characters in the Twenties & Thirties by Peter d'Auvergne. Interesting pen portraits
of the range of interesting characters who contributed greatly to the everyday life in Beeston before the Second World War.
Published by Beeston & District Local History Society, 1996. 52 pages in a card cover.
Hands to the Plough by Wyn Davis. Published by the Trustees of Inham Nook Methodist
Church, Chilwell as a souvenir of the opening of this church in May 1963. An history of Methodism in Chilwell, Notts.
Includes references to connections with the Methodist New Connexion at Beeston and the Hudston family. 12 pages in a
Canary Girls of Chilwell by Maureen Rushton. The story of the women who worked at The National Shell Filling Factory at
Chilwell during the First World War. Includes eye-witness accounts of the 1918 explosion - heard and felt over a wide area, killing 134,
Published by Beeston & District Local History Society, 2008 (ISBN 978 0 9541485 1 5) 96 pages in a glossy cover.
The Chilwell Story by Captain M. J. Haslam, RAOC. A well illustrated account of the The National Shell Filling Factory and Ordnance
Factory at Chilwell, from its beginnings in 1915, through to 1982. Published by The RAOC Corps Gazette, 1982 (ISBN 0 9508092 0 9). Hardback
A Policeman's Progress by Sam Davy. An autobigraphy which includes interesting descriptions of his early life - including a period
of between 1920 and 1924 when he lived at Beeston while his father was stationed there as a policeman - and his own career with Nottinghamshire Constabulary
during which he was twice stationed at Beeston - from 1937 to 1938 as a Detective Officer and, as Chief Inspector in charge of the Sub-Division, from 1955
to 1961. Published by Ashbracken, 1990 (ISBN 1 872356 04 4) 104 pages in a glossy cover.
The War Diary of a Despatch Rider's Wife by Will Heard. The diary of Vera Heard during the war years, 1939 to 1945, which contrasts
her extraordinary social life, in and around Beeston, with her husband Harold's army service as a despatch rider. Published by The Choir Press, 2017.(ISBN 978-1911589235)
130 pages, paperback (Kindle version available).
Beeston Now & Then by Judith Church for Beeston & District Local History Society. A large collection of pictures of Beeston
and area in the past, many with the accompanying matching modern-day view. Copiously illustrated. Published by Beeston & District Local History Society,
2006 (ISBN 0 9541485 0 9) 88 pages bound in a glossy cover.
Beating The Invader: Beeston & Chilwell in World War 2 and the Floods compiled by Judith Church. Many personal accounts describing
life in the Beeston area during the Second World War and during the floods in the immediate post-war years. Copiously illustrated. Published by Chilwell Publishers,
2001 (ISBN 0 9553849 0 7)158 pages bound in a glossy cover.
Beeston Rylands Remembered compiled by Carole White. A copiously illustrated account of aspects of The Rylands - essentially the oldest
settled part of Beeston, near to the river. With personal accounts of everyday life in the area. Published by the author, 2012. 126 pages bound in a glossy cover.
An Illustrated Guide to the Blue Plaques of Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough, Toton, Stapleford & Bramcote a pocket
sized guide to the 34 blue plaques, throughout the district, which mark the links between extraordinary people and the places where they lived and worked. 43 pages in a
paper cover, with fold-out map. An online version can be found here
I Remember When ... collected and compiled by Julia Powell for Beeston & District Local History Society. A collection of recollections
of everyday life in Beeston, Chilwell and surrounding areas, in the 1940s and 1950s. 113 pages in a glossy cover (ISBN 978-0-9541485-2-2)
Remembering Long Eaton, Beeston & Chilwell - a collection, by Julia Powell. of memories of aspects of life in these
communities in times past. 89 pages in a glossy cover, 2018 (ISBN 978-0-9541485-3-9)
When Phones Were Immobile and Lived in Red Boxes by Gladys Hobson. A pick and mix assortment of childhood memories of life on and about
Grove Avenue, Beeston and working in Nottingham in 1939-1953, by the author who was then Gladys Brock. First published by Magpies Nest Publishing, 2004, 138 pages bound
in a glossy cover.
Oliver Hind and the 2nd Nottingham Company of the Boys' Brigade by Terence Woolley. While not directly related to Beeston, this is a
comprehensive and interesting account of how Oliver Hind combined the ethos of the Boys' Brigade with the excellent recreational and training facilies at Dakeyne Street
Lads' Club in Nottingham. As mentioned in the book, this became the model for the Beeston Lads' Club. 77 pages in a stiff glossy cover.
Published in 2013 by Terence Woolley Publications (ISBN 978-0-9576599-0-2). Very reasonably priced at £5.00, with copies available at Waterstones or at www.nottinghambooks.co.uk.
Beeston on Old Picture Postcards by Graham Hopcroft - No 5 in the "Yesterday's Nottinghamshire" Series.
Reproductions of 60 old postcards of Beeston, almost all from the first half of the 20th Century, Each has an informative caption. 36 pages
in a glossy cover. Published by Bygone Age, Keyworth, Nottingham, 1990 (Reprinted 1992, 1993 and 1996, Revised 2001) (ISBN 0 946245 35 5)
Beeston & Bramcote in Times Past by H Lawton & H O'Connor. A book of old pictures of these two communities
produced to raise funds to purchase equipment and resurces for the benefit of pupils of Alderman White School, Chilwell. Each photograph
is accompanied by text describing its historical context. 48 pages in a card cover. Published by Countryside Publications Ltd, 1982
(ISBN 0 86157 082 0)
Beeston & District Street Directory and Shopping Guide containing listings of householders arranged in
street order, were probably published at various dates prior to and within a few years after World War 2. Known editions are one from 1952,
published by W Tuttey & A Salmon - 96 pages in a paper cover - and a pre-WW2 edition probably dated about 1935 - with about 110 pages (cover and
some pageas are missing from the copy seen). Both have contemporary advertisements for local firms and the 1935 edition has several pages with
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