Stephen & Marion Wallwork have kindly given us permission to publish these interesting photographs from the early days of the Beeston and District Civic Society, and including their own comments. The Society was initially formed to act as a ‘brake’ against the then Council’s policy of pulling down old and historic buildings and replacing with new. Taken as a record in case of demolition, they now provide a fascinating insight into Beeston during this time.
Lock Cottages, 1980
Refurbishment and future uses under discussion at present.
The Crown Inn, 1975
The Society was instrumental in persuading the planners to insist on tasteful improvements to the Inn.
The Willows, 1975
Another old property that the Society tried unsuccessfully to persuade the council to keep. (It had been donated by its previous owner, a local doctor, to Beeston.)
Plumbers’ Cottage on Wollaton Road, 1996
The Society endeavoured to have this listed but without success.
Gladstone Street Play Area, 1979
An early project to use empty space as a play area for young children. It was opened by the Mayor. But it was closed a year or two later because nearby residents who claimed that teenagers were gathering there in an evening and making much noise. The area was dismantled by the Council without, I believe, reference to the Society. And what happened to the equipment?
Civic Society Library Exhibition, May 1985
Opening of an exhibition by the Society in the library. Jim Lester MP, Mrs M Sutton, Marion Wallwork, chairman, and Councillor (maybe Mayor) John Sutton.
Elm Avenue, 1975
Elm trees on Elm Avenue before they were infected by Dutch Elm disease. Felling queried by the Society.
Devonshire Avenue, 1992
Devonshire Avenue car park. Society objected strongly to plans for this car park on a fine residential road. The society was informed that the car park would be screened by trees in such a way that it would hardly be visible from the road!
West End, 1993.
Copper beech tree, West End. A very fine tree, felled because it was infected by honey fungus. Queried by the Society.
Villa Street, 1977
Copper beech tree. Felled in spite of our protest to allow for deliveries to Sainsbury’s. Subsequently their plans changed so tree had been sacrificed unnecessarily. 1977
Tree Planting, March 1976
In the grounds of the flats on Middle Street by the Mayor, Councillor Tom Martin. His wife, Dr.Hutchinson and Marion Wallwork are also in the picture.
Glebe Street, 1980
Badly pruned lime trees on Glebe Street. Strongly commented on by M Wallwork
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