March Meeting – Lost Houses of Nottingham

The lost houses of Nottinghamshire were the subject of a talk to Bingham Business Club’s March meeting. Mr Graham Hayes, from the Rotary Club of Wollaton Park, described his talk as a story of vanished heritage, illustrating it with pictures of the buildings, and maps showing where they had once stood. He explained that many large homes were lost through death duties, often being sold and converted, damaged by mining subsidence, or demolished for housing or other development. The Town and Country Planning Act of 1944 was passed to help protect such buildings, but Mr Hayes said the legislation had been too little, too late. The great houses he mentioned included Sherwood Lodge, which was built in 1791 and was the home of the Vicar of Arnold for 60 years, the Rev George Holcombe, who was also a magistrate. Sherwood Lodge was later owned by the National Coal Board and then Nottinghamshire County Council. It was demolished in the 1970s and the county police headquarters was built on the site. Calverton Hall, former home of Colonel Frank Seeley, was demolished in 1961 to make way for a miners’ welfare. It was said to have been haunted by a maid who killed herself after being jilted on her wedding day. The Guide House, built in 1710 as a farmhouse on the old north road out of Nottingham, was once an inn where people could hire someone to guide them safely through Sherwood Forest to Mansfield. It was demolished in 1978 to make way for housing. Burton Joyce Hall, whose cellars were once used as a lock-up for village drunks, was later owned by the county council and the Royal British Legion, before being demolished in...
July Meeting – Alan Harvey, Mayor of Bingham

July Meeting – Alan Harvey, Mayor of Bingham

The Mayor of Bingham, Mr Alan Harvey, was the guest speaker at the August meeting of Bingham Business Club. Mr Harvey, who has been mayor since May, outlined the role of the various tiers of government as they related to local affairs, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, through county and borough councils, to parish or town councils. He said that Bingham Town Council was part of the grass roots level of local government, which could take on as much or as little responsibility as it wished. Among those run by the town council in Bingham are playparks, grass cutting, leisure facilities and amenity space. The council also had advisory, consultative and campaigning roles, Mr Harvey said, to improve the town and its facilities. He said two of the biggest problems Bingham faced were connecting the two areas of the town either side of the railway line, and creating social cohesion between residents living in the older central and newer outlying parts of the town. He said the town council was working towards refurbishing the town’s play parks, which were tired and under-used. The council had also been asking Rushcliffe Borough Council for control of the town’s car parks, which had become the prime issue in the town. He said that two of the town’s carparks would soon become short-stay only, making life easier for shoppers and visitors. The council also wants a re-think on use of the market place. “The Market Square is lying idle for 90% of the time and it could be better-used,” Other issues the council was considering was the need for start-up...