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LOCAL HISTORY

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Group Leader  --  Alwyn Brettell ------01623491351 ----alwynandlynn@btinternet.com  

 

Venues – Rainworth Village Hall or at an arranged activity

Meetings are – Fourth Friday every month from 10.00 to 12 noon at various locations

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OUR VISIT AND GUIDED TOUR AT SOUHWELL MINSTER

 

 

OUR VISIT TO EYAM WELL DRESSING

OUR VISIT TO NEWARK AND SHERWOOD COUNCIL OFFICES 

 

OUR VISIT TO THE BRITISH HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
 
 
 
 
 

OUR VISIT TO THE POPPIES AT DERBY

OUR VISIT TO MANSFIELD MEETING HOUSE

 

Our trip to Beauvale Priory Ruins

 

On Friday 22nd July the local History group visited the Beauvale Priory Ruins which are situated on a farm near Moor Green, in Notts. This proved to be a very interesting place, tucked away and yet steeped in History. A large Catholic Community thrived there until the edict by Henry VIII dissolving the Catholic Church and creating martyrs from the priors. The farmers` wife was very knowledgeable and informative and made the visit more enjoyable and educational especially as no-one was previously aware of its significance despite it being so close.                                                                       

Our trip to Newark Air Museum

Several of our members took part in the Red Arrows wheel barrow race !

 

Our visit to Newark Air Museum
 
 
The local history group met last month to see a film provided by the leader, Alwyn Brettel all about
very old Mansfield.  It was most interesting and informative and showed us a completely different way of life looking back over two centuries.Afterwards we had a lively discussion and realised there are still a lot of good old buildings in Mansfield if we keep looking up  During the past year we have been on various outings including;
The D. H, Lawrence centre
Bilsthorpe Heritage museum
Newstead Abbey
Civil War Centre in Newark
Eyam Hall and village
Southwell Workhouse
  and a walking tour of Mansfield’s historic sites.
We have planned several future visits to be announced at monthly meetings The members agreed we’ve had an interesting and educational year enjoyed by 
 
Visit to Laxton
 
 
 
Visit to Eyam Hall
 
As usual we met at the village hall to start our journey into Derbyshire to visit Eyam, known as the plague village which l am sure you all know. After arriving at the village our first port of call was the cafe run by the National Trust always an opportunity to have a chat with other members. Alwyn had arranged for us to have a brief talk, given by the guides  before we ventured around the hall on our own, as always the guides have a vast knowledge about the venue. We were told that the hall was a wedding present from Thomas Wright ,a local mine owner to his son John Wright and his new bride, built in 1670 several years after the plague and 9 generations of the Wright family had lived there before it was leased to the trust in around 2002. We all went on our way through the house and l am sure we all picked up little bits of information from the written cards and the numerous guides in the rooms again full of information although one of our group stumped the lady in the kitchen when looking at the recipe file, which was assembled by the first Mrs Wright, the guide was asked “What is a warden” no one knew what it was so after a little research about what it is, it  turns out to be a type of pear. After viewing many of the rooms and learning so about the way they had lived over the generations we all ended the tour in the drawing room where we were treated to some wonderful music played by a local man playing the piano. A house well worth a visit. After lunch we had a brief visit to the local church which is steeped in local history, we had planned to visit the museum but decided that we didn't have sufficient time so maybe another day out to the village of Eyam to revisit the church, museum and other areas of the village we missed. Once again a memorable day, many thanks to Alwyn for arranging the day for us.
 

 

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Cost of Venue, materials etc  

£1 to £1.50 each per meeting depending on numbers attending 

New members welcome

The local History group had its first meeting on Friday 28th March 2014. This group has taken upon itself to offer its member the opportunity to have the most fun during its meetings! Group members passed around photos of past events in Rainworth, one of which was a photo of the the Coal Queen procession which was accompanied by local schoolchildren in fancy dress.

The group has decided to take a look at the circumstances and situations which have resulted in these group members finding themselves sitting and talking together about Local History. This has so far led to discussions concerning Blidworth, Clipstone, Stanton Hill, Sutton, Kirkby and of course Mansfield and their links to the mining industry. They have also touched on the other major industries in the area including Metal Box, Foundries, Mansfield Brewery, Shoe Company, Trams in Mansfield, the Hosiery Factories, Brickworks, Stone Quarries, Six Hospitals, Mansfield Powerstation, Theatres, Cinemas and many more areas together with the families who worked there

Since the group was founded we have looked at all aspects of the area . You dont have to be a local of Rainworth to enjoy our group as we look at all aspects of the Mansfield area

You are welcome to join us ,simply come along to our meetings and events 

SOME LOCAL HISTORY PICTURES

The NCB train to Bilsthorpe from Blidworh

Rainworth Station

 

Rainworth water works

 

Mansfield Road ---Pre Sherwood Park estate