Beeston New Deal: An Invitation.

Originally posted on Beestonia's Blog:

So hello, 2014. Sprawled before us, a mass of blank canvas, virgin snow, blue sky. It’s the job of the commentator to make predictions of the future 12 months, but I’m going to give that a miss. Politically, 2014 is the Euro Elections, but I don’t think I’ll be covering that in the same detail I’ve covered the General, Borough and County elections. Not for any Europhobic reasons, but because it’s a bit too devolved from what I suppose is my ‘patch’. It’s tough enough trying to find context in the County elections: simultaneously trying to work out Beeston’s position in terms of Broxtowe’s, and then in Nottinghamshire’s, then in the country….nope, I’ll spare my brain that trauma and hold off to next years double-bubble of General and Borough elections. Unless the lesser coalition partners do the decent thing and save any chance of getting anything more than single figures…

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The history of Barton Ferry


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In Victorian times visitors came to Barton in Fabis from Attenborough via the Barton Ferry which, as indicated on Chapman’s Map of Nottinghamshire, operated from 1774 up until the early 1960s. The village used to be a quaker village, and was known for its tea houses and (despite the abstinence of quakers), the villagers’ home made cider.

I heard tell of a shire horse stallion being transported across the river from Barton to cover the mares on the Attenborough side of the river when horses were still being used to work the land on farms in the area.

This fascinating post tells of a conversation a visitor had with farmer Harry  Plowright who, up until the early 1970s still used Shire Horses on his farm instead of a tractor. The Plowright family were responsible for breeding the Shire horses for the local Shipstones brewery and won awards at the annual ploughing competitions for ploughing with a pair of horses.

The exact location of the old Barton Ferry?


Chapman’s Map of Nottinghamshire, 1774, showing Barton in Fabis



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