There is another leaflet about Beechdale, Bilborough and Strelley, called A New World, also by Chris, which you can link to here.
Chris Mathews also has a wonderful website at: localhistoryandart.com.
It is amazing how many times localhistoryandart crosses over my own interests, from CLASP architecture, something I wrote about in The Nottinghamshire Historian in 2010 and 2011. I then buy a copy of collection of essays about Ian Nairn, published by Five Leaves, only to find that it was designed by Chris. Without doubt, he is the most innovative local historian I know.
Melbourne Road from the side of Aspley Library. Remarkably quiet and free of traffic for a Saturday afternoon.
The Walking Group crossed over to lefthand side, as the entrance to Melbourne Park is on the left side of the road.
To the side of the house you can see on the righthand side of Melbourne Road and the righthand edge of the above photograph is this cut-through, a public footpath following the course of what was once a mineral railway.
Several of the older walkers said the railway was still being used at least once a week in the 1960s to deliver coal to coal merchants.
Looking south across Melbourne Park to St Margaret's Church on Aspley Lane.
The Park pavilion is still used by footballers and there were several matches being played as we walked though the park.
Again, it is depressing to see a fine public building like this surrounded by a high metal fence and all the windows boarded up.
On the east side of Melbourne Park are two rows of tall trees. I love how they have been shaped by the prevailing wind. How they all bend to the east.
The same trees again. The gap between them and the fences of the back gardens on Newlyn Drive is where the mineral railway to used to run, when it was the park's north and eastern boundary.
Then we were back on the line of the old mineral railway again, away from the noise of Nuthall Road.
Not far away in the grounds Christ Church, Cinderhill, I came across Bluebells and a good few of them. I will be going to Oldmoor Wood in the next week or two to see a display of Bluebells as good as any and I will be getting there on a 35 bus!
Christ Church, Cinderhill, which sadly has no churchyard of its own. Old gravestones tell their own stories and give a glimpse of a world we can never, truly, know.
This was described by one walker at the old Christ Church Hall, but on the 1954 map at the top of this blog it is marked as a 'school'. I suspect the 1954 map maker picked up a reference to a Sunday school — something which went on in most church halls at one time.
Turn 180° from the Hall above and you are on a footpath leading to Basford Miners' Welfare Club. To the left is this pocket of open space. It just takes one line of trees to deaden the noise of Nuthall Road.
Then we are at the Miners' Welfare Club, once Basford Hall. The core of the original house can be seen and you get an idea of its lovely proportions, despite the protruding extension and smokers' hut. Nearest the camera is a more recent extension dated 1996.
At one time, I knew the Club quite well and was a regular visitor during my days as a councillor for what was then Portland ward. This was where all Party meetings ended — need I say more?
It was during this time I became a regular user of the then newly introduced 35 bus service to Bagnall Road and The Headstocks public house. Two friends lived close by. When I stood down as a councillor in 1985, my use of the 35 became only occasional, but I appreciated it enough even then to know that it was a very special bus route, right up there in the pantheon of English bus routes.
From here we walked through a modern housing development to Bagnall Road and its junction with Cinderhill Road, where we took the path down to the Cinderhill tram stop and the footpath beyond to the Phoenix Business Park, where I snapped a tram as it trundled towards us. It wasn't until I downloaded the image into Photoshop that I noticed the driver waving.
At Phoenix Business Park we stopped to look at this commemorative plaque from 1994.
I will end with Hilary pointing out one of the myriad of changes which others had missed or forgotten. My own contribution was a note Rebecca wrote at my suggestion marking the location of the Old Basford High-rise Flats Complex. Close enough to appear on the map, but forgotten until mentioned by me. The whole mapping session was a co-operative effort and I hope it will be repeated, but next time as a day on its own.
Well done to TravelRight. They really are tackling local history in an innovative way in the one part of Nottingham that does not have a local history society to call its own, apart from Basford, Bulwell and Nuthall. If all this ends with a local history society or group being formed for Aspley, Bilborough, Broxtowe and Strelley it will be a result for TravelRight.