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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. At present I am not sure when indoor meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I decided to re- schedule the visits due in 2020 to 2021 which means Richard lll is set for March 17th, 2021 – and remember money already paid for the trip is safe in the U3A bank. Please cross fingers, toes and anything else you can – that the visits will go ahead. Doddington Hall will be on 16th June. I am still waiting for Sharpes Pottery to reply. I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

While I am thinking ahead would you like me to re-book the speakers from last year for 2021?

It is fairly recently that academics have considered the history of ordinary people and families worthwhile and have discovered how important this can be especially when they are researching more recent times. This is often called ‘living history’ which can date back 150 years or more. I noticed that the main U3A have suggested a few things to consider we do during the wait for a vaccine and one of them is to write about your own history. Have you tried? I have written what I remember up to being a teenager so far. If you have a piece of paper nearby you can jot down a word or two as reminders, when you think of them, as you wash up, cook meals or watch TV. Then write up a better record a little later. If there are memories from your parents or grandparents to include that is even better.

Something else which has come to mind when a friend in Forest Town U3A gave me a nudge is a new book/leaflet for Hucknall. They have done an A – Z book. Could this be an idea for an A – Z for Hucknall? Your thoughts would be very welcome. Any suggestions/ideas for a letter would be great and you would not have to be a member of the History Group.

No-one came forward last time with any news about ‘Hucknall’ bottles they own. I will bring those I have to the first indoor meeting.

Shall I say ‘Ask Me Another?’ If you have any questions I am happy to try helping by searching my own archive of memorabilia, photographs or records of Hucknall.

T.T.F.N. Maureen

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. At present I am not sure when meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

No-one came back to me with information about the football teams or all the goal scorers from last time. I thought that maybe a couple of readers would recognise sport playing family members.

I have acquired some of the books written by Eric Horriben “Hucknall: Of Lowly Birth and Iron Fortune”. If you would like one you can email me through the Hucknall U3A website form below and we will arrange a socially distanced handover for £3. The cost if you would like one by post will be £5.

Eric was born in Hucknall in 1917 on Lambert Hill beside Spring Street School and was the son and grandson of coal miners. He was educated at Spring Street and Beardall Street Schools before going on to higher education with a scholarship to Henry Mellish School in Bulwell. In 1940 he married Kathleen Parr and the couple made their home on Winchester Street, Sherwood. Most local people knew him as Rates Officer in the local council offices for Hucknall UDC on Watnall Road. More than six years war service in the Devonshire Regiment fostered his interest in local history and maybe the idea of a book was probably born in a Toc H Canteen in India when the author was told of ‘a little place near Nottingham’. Later he decided to do a Local History course at Nottingham University and his lovely book came eventually from the thesis for the course. Other interests included walking, youth work, being a local preacher and part-time lecturing for the WEA. Eric became chairman of Hucknall Heritage Society when it began in 1984 and continued for many years. He died some years ago now but we should be grateful that much of his work remains for us to enjoy today. I remember him especially for his kindness and encouragement to beginners like myself as I began looking seriously at Hucknall’s history.

A TALE OF TWO BOTTLES

(A query during lockdown)

This tale is about two bottles one found on a walk and another in a garden. The question was could I help with any information?

The first one looked like a pint sized bottle for milk with a white circle on the outside – inside which was printed G. Walters, Dairyman, Hucknall. I had never heard of a Walters in this trade but looked through directory copies dating back 150 years and eventually found a listing. The directories of 1925, 1928 and 1941 note G. Walters, Dairyman, at No.2, Carlingford Road. This residential street seemed an unusual place for a dairy. Surprisingly I found nothing else so if you know any more about this business or are related to the family I would like to know.

The second bottle, also pint sized, had Wyatt & Co., Brewers, Hucknall, Notts. embossed on the glass. Directories first mentioned this business in 1910 giving W. Whyatt & Co., Botanic Beer Manufacturers, 51, Co-operative Avenue. The census for 1911 tells us that William Whyatt with wife Millicent, sons Sydney and Percy and daughter Kate were all born Hucknall Torkard and lived at 51, Co-op. Avenue. By 1925 Percy and Sydney were running the business as herbal brewers and this carries on up to a directory mention in 1941. I was interested enough to search for this family in earlier years discovering that William Whyatt was a butcher in 1891 living with his family on Watnall Road. By 1901 William was a brewer living on Woollaton Street.

Do any readers remember drinking these botanical beers? I did enjoy the Dandelion & Burdock but didn’t like the Horehound which was known in Hucknall lingo as ‘orahnd’. It did seem quite a change for the family from butchering to brewing. Can you tell readers more about the family? Do you have any of these, or any other, Hucknall bottles?

SOURCES:- Kelly’s and White’s Directories and census returns from ‘findmypast’ online.

Shall I say ‘Ask Me Another?’ If you have any questions I am happy to try helping by searching my own archive of memorabilia, photographs or records of Hucknall.

T.T.F.N. Maureen

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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. At present I am not sure when meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

HUCKNALL GOAL SCORERS

The Dispatch kept a list of goal scorers for Hucknall football teams. I didn’t realise how many teams were playing then – did you? These are for December 1920 one hundred years ago. Are any of them family members or people you knew? Please let me know.

Name – Team – Goal

W. Worrall – George Street – 11
Ellis – Byron – 10
G. Williams – Primitives – 10
W. Burton – Hucknall Town – 8
G. Hopkinson – Byron Villa – 7
Goddard – Byron – 7
Calladine – Adult School – 7
Breadon – Olympic – 7
L. Bailey – Primitives – 7
Otterwell – George Street – 6
L. Taylor – Mission Reserve – 6
Hayes – George Street – 5
Dolman – Byron – 5
Bell – Discharged Soldiers – 5
L. Latham – Mission Reserve – 5
J. Griffin – Byron Villa – 4
S. Braybrook – Hucknall Town – 4
J. Chamberlain – Byron Villa – 4
W. Knight – Adult School – 4
Tyler – Linby Colliery – 4
T. Peck – Adult School Reserve – 3
L. Braisby – George Street – 3
H. Worrall – George Street – 3
Kiddy – Discharged Soldiers 3
A. Bird – Byron Villa – 3
Somerfield – Olympic – 3
T. Hallam – Primitives – 3
Hayes – Discharged Soldiers – 2
L. Nathan – Adult School Reserves – 2
Latham – Mission Reserve – 2
Nathan – Byron – 2
Sutton – Byron – 2
Hunt – Adult School – 2
G. Smith – Linby Colliery – 2
W. Smith – Linby Colliery – 2
Savage – Adult School – 2
Bramley – Olympic – 2
Dennis – Olympic – 2
J. T. Guest – Hucknall Town – 2
S. Granger – Hucknall Town – 2
Tasker – Adult School – 2
G. Fletcher – Byron Villa – 2
A. West – Byron Villa – 2
G. Thornley – Byron Villa – 2
E. Stevenson – Primitives – 2
Mabbot – Byron – 1
Wren – Discharged Soldiers – 1
Priestley – Discharged Soldiers – 1
Thornley – Adult School – 1
Feebury – Linby Colliery – 1
Edwards – Olympic – 1
A. Rawson – Byron – 1
W. Wright – Adult School – 1
E. Johnson – Byron Reserve – 1
H. Smith – Byron Reserve – 1
F. Raynor – Mission Reserve – 1
E. Taylor – Mission Reserve – 1
Jennings – Byron – 1
Godson – George Street – 1
L. Braisby – Olympic – 1
F. Bramley – Olympic – 1
Chamberlain – Olympic – 1
W. Shaw – Adult School – 1
W. Bond – Linby Colliery – 1
A. Swain – Linby Colliery – 1
G. Reeves – Linby Colliery – 1
A. Elliott – Mission Reserve – 1
Les. Allen – Mission Reserve – 1
H. Brearley – Mission Reserve – 1
L. Shelton – Adult School Reserve – 1
Wilkins – Linby Colliery – 1
Belcher – Adult School – 1
Lawson – Olympic – 1
J. Dexter – Primitives – 1
J. Fellows – Primitives – 1
H. Pegg – Primitives – 1

SOURCE:- Hucknall Dispatch 30th Dec. 1920

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers). Watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

HUCKNALL BUSINESS ADVERTS 1887

Enoch Reynolds, Bill Poster and Tripe Dresser, Albert Street. Attends Market on Fridays.
William Thompson, Family Grocer and Provision Dealer, Boot and Shoe Manufacturer, Leather Cutter, Etc. High Street and Chapel Street. Established 1880.
The Gospel Temperance Prize Band is open for engagements. Terms on application to the secretary W. Belcher, Brickyard Road, Butlers Hill.
Peter Howis, Ironmonger, Watnall Road.
William Mellows, News Agent and General Dealer, George Street
Thomas Foster. Tobacconist and Stationer, Baker Street.
Clement Buckland, Family Chemist, High Street and Annesley Road.
The G.N.M Bakery, High Street. Emigration Agents Office.
E. M. Walker, Hucknall & Nottingham, Carrier& General Dealer, Carlingford Road.
Joseph Watson, Sewing Machine Agent, Annesley Road.
W. Burton, Agent for Caldwells Oil Paintings and Photographs, Watnall Road.
J. Davidge, the Cheapest and Best Saddlery and Shoe Leather Depot in town.
G. Rhodes, the Noted Millinery Shop, High Street.
R. F. Jones, the Drapery Stores, High Street.
W. Evans, Chimney Sweep and Carpet Beater, Betts Street, Butlers Hill.
Go to Musson’s for Drapery, High Street, Hucknall.
Musson’s for Wools, Direct from Spinners.
Croft’s the Clothier and Peoples Outfitter, High Street.
A. C. Andrews, Late Haslam. The Cheap Grocery Store, Portland Road.
H. J. Laycock, Watnall Road, Watchmaker, Jeweller and Tobacconist. Clocks, Watches and Jewellery Repaired.
Mrs. Benniston, Dress and Mantle Maker, Beardall Street.
J. Watson, Annesley Road, gives private Lessons in Shorthand. Terms on Application.
Rickett & Brown, Family Grocers and Provision Dealers, Watnall Road. Good Dividends Paid.
H. Mounteney, Wholesale and Retail Pork Butcher, Watnall Road.
W. Holiday, Saddler and Harness Maker, High Street. Repairs Promptly Executed.
Price Jones, Byron Street, begs to announce that he has commenced business as a Ready Made Clothier. Clothes made to order in the London Style, on very easy terms. Come and see!

This list of adverts is from The Nottinghamshire Free Press 21st January 1887. Do any of these people belong in your family tree?

What a wonderful surprise it was to discover the Command Tower was a grade ll listed building.

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard III will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers). Watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

A HUCKNALL HERO

The email was a complete surprise from a man called Jim Whitworth. He had found me via Herbert Buzzard court; the manager had kindly passed my address onwards. Years ago his parents had bought a needlework ‘tapestry’ done by Herbert Buzzard from a shop in Chester and would like to give it back to the family, if possible, or Hucknall if not. Could I help? Of course I could! I remembered Kay Burton had given a talk to History Group members about her grandfather Herbert Buzzard and contacted her. Kay was delighted because after messages back and forth from myself and Kay it seems the work will eventually come ‘home’ to Hucknall. When it does she is going to bring it to show members. A short summary of Herbert’s life follows.

Charles Herbert Buzzard was born in 1889. He served as a private in the 1st battalion Lancashire Fusiliers from 1914 – 1918 and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. “Charles Buzzard of Victoria Street, Hucknall, rescued a badly wounded comrade despite the fact that two men had been killed in previous attempts. For this and earlier single-handed capture of six Germans he was decorated for bravery in the field. The wounded man had lain for several hours in front of the German snipers. Private Buzzard got flat on the ground and after crawling up to him by inches, dragged him safely into the British lines, notwithstanding that German sharpshooters were popping at him all the time.” He was secretary of the British Legion for 21 years and Herbert Buzzard Court; originally accommodation for ex-serviceman and women was named after him. He worked at Players in Nottingham and after that went to the Legion to deal with the vast amount of work there. The present headquarters were largely acquired due to him. He died in 1947.

Acknowledgement to Kay for information about her grandfather.

Hot News – Hucknall Library is to re-open on 6th July. It means those of you who have been chafing at the bit to do some local research can go for the burn. Good luck.

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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