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  1. Please excuse my rather rude absence from this topic, and thanks to all who have contributed in the interim. The family links are fascinating. Special thanks to Cliff Ton and Steve Allcock for the mapping posts which usefully confirm my own findings. I've been busy working on various projects, one of which continues to be the proposed "1911 Census Walk" leaflet for All Saints church. Unfortunately my involvement in issues of building remediation/restoration for the church is taking priority ... the leaking roof, the eroded exterior stonework, bits of broken C.14 stained glass... the list is endless... But I produced a lot of info on the 1911 Census for the churches 2015 exhibition "Strelley At War", and I just need to mesh that onto the census route and check out access issues... I will get there! In the meantime, I would recommend a new publication by Strelley's local historian Dr David Clifford -"Two Villages and the Great War". It is full of family history, statistical data ; his publications are available in church or online from Amazon and Moorleys. Amazon review: "Amazon Product Description: 135 men associated with the two villages were of military age during the Great War of 1914-18. Their military records have been searched and, where found, recorded here. This book puts names to the men who went to fight and in some cases faces to the names. A profile of the lives of these men and their families, before, during and after the war has been constructed wherever possible. This includes births, deaths, family, marriage, employment, diet and living conditions: wherever possible details are illustrated with photographs. Their war records, regiment, rank, places served and battles fought in are detailed. The broad demographics of the time are summarised: living conditions, diet, life expectancy, housing and wages. Details of the military of the time are introduced including volunteering, conscription, physical fitness criteria and medals available and how they were awarded to the men of Bilborough and Strelley." If you are interested please visit the All Saints website, where I have posted a Publications page: link is http://www.allsaintsch, urchstrelley.org.uk . Or visit the church, have a chat and a cuppa and a good browse. We still have the WW1 Centenary Exhibition on display, and also a Churchyard wildlife one. Church Open Days are listed on the website. Thanks again for all the lovely input on this site. SUE
  2. Cliff Ton, thanks so much for your post. Yes, I have various maps from OldMaps and am familiar with the nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam site, viz Thomas Woodward's walk through Strelley in 1830. What I am trying to work out is when Catstone Hill Farm met it's demise post 1911, and also any reminiscences of the Strelley Lane cottages which the 1911 census recorder visited prior to the farm. In fact I've been in the vicinity this p.m. and the owner of Old Rectory Farm opposite All Saints church pointed out to me the exact location of the farm in relation to the reservoir; they said that there is still evidence of the footprint of the buildings in place. So I am about to venture forth soon and see if I can find any groundworks, and also to photo the location as viewed from Main Street. I am surprised at the lack of photos of the farm; it certainly wasn't reported upon in the Nottingham City Council's Article 4 Direction dated 14 Aug 1981, which contains images of many of the Strelley village residences - including those over the Main Street boundary netween Nottingham and Notts by Boundary Cottage and St. Martin's House. Most residences in the vicinity are well documented and can be accurately located. I just can't find a photo of Catstone Hill Farm, or details of it's first recording and final demise. If you Google Catstone Hill Strelley and take the satellite view, you can follow Strelley Lane from the junction of Main Street, and after the sharp left-hand bend there is a small access road on the right up to the reservoir. The right-hand hedge boundary terminates in a small triangular copse (where the track continues to veer off to the reservoir on the left), and this is where the local resident says the remains the farm are visible, which does seem to match the location shown on the older maps I have checked. Thanks so much for your reply, which is much appreciated.
  3. Does anyone have any information or photo of Catstone Hill Farm please? I am currently mapping the route of the 1911 Census in the Strelley area (more details of this project if it gets closer to fruition), and the Farm was one of the recorder's calls. At that time is was recorded as a 10-room building housing four occupants on the day of the Census visit, being the head of the household William Carrington Horner aged 53 (born in Kettering, Northants), his wife Fanny aged 42 (born Bekcingham, Lincs), and John Philip aged 18 (b. London) and Thomas Oagelen [?transcription error] aged 17 (b Nottingham); the latter two are described as servants and their occupation 'farm hand milking cows and selling milk'. The farm is marked on a 1921 map I have, and presumably on much earlier ones too. It seems to have been in the location of the Reservoir, which I believe was built in around 1981? Catstone Hill Farm was the fifth visit on the census recorder's route, and was preceded by the recording of four cottages on Strelley Lane, probably between the junction with Main Street and the lane off to the farm. Their addresses on the Census are all merely 'Strelley Lane' (I expect the postman new the whole village in those days), so difficult to get more detail other than that on the census records. I would appreciate any info on these cottages also; the rooms are recorded as 3 (with 4 occupants), 3 (5 occupants), 7[?transcription error] (2 occupants). and 4 (5 occupants). As a teenager I do recall sitting on the left-hand fence by the junction and noticing a large amount of bricks and building debris on the other side of the fence; this would be about 1957-60 as I remember I was at Bilborough Grammar School at the time. Presumably when the cottages were demolished the debris was pushed to the field edge to free up more agricultural land. Unless it was the debris of other farm buildings. I hope someone has a recollection of the cottages on this lane. One of the current elder Strelley village residents tells me that Miss Edge of Strelley Hall always had vacated properties demolished rather than leave them prone to vandalism; they recall these cottages were vacated as the cost of updating to probably electricity?mains water was too great for the purse of the Edge family! As Miss Edge, the last of the Edge dynasty, died in 1978 it is probable that these cottages were demolished much earlier than this and obviously earlier than the 1950-60s when the rubble was still about. I hope the families were re-housed. Any info or reminiscences must appreciated.
  4. The situation regarding planning on this site is long and complex. It has been going on for 20 years, but the most recent attempt for the owners to gain planning consent has taken place over the last 5 or so, culminating in approval being granted on Appeal for up to 110 houses, public open space plus wildlife area, and residual allotments; these areas each account for one-third of the 27-acre site. For the history of the site, the planning situation, work in progress and biodiversity, please see my website at : http://losttheplots.wix.com/beforethebulldozerdiversity Please enjoy a trip round the wonderful allotment site via the many images on the website. Hope I've put the link in correctly; if not, please advise!.
  5. Hi, I've just joined Nottstalgia, having consulted it on many occasions. I'm Nottingham born and bred, and live on the border of Bramcote/Wollaton. My main interest/obsession over the last ten years has been my allotment on the site next to Martin's Pond off Russell Drive, Wollaton. I hope to bring my website to your attention as I note queries as to the status of the planning situation on this site.