Early views from old post cards

By Pauline Marples

Photo:The Dukeries Hotel

The Dukeries Hotel

Valentine Series - unposted

Photo:Upper Village and entrance to Forest

Upper Village and entrance to Forest

Valentine Series posted Sept.1907

Photo:Maun Bridge

Maun Bridge

Valentine Series

Photo:High Street

High Street

Sneath, Paradise St. Sheffield -unposted

Photo:High Street

High Street

H E Tyndall, The Post Office Edwinstowe - unposted

Photo:Edwinstowe Vicarage

Edwinstowe Vicarage


This page was added by Pauline Marples on 15/04/2011.
Comments about this page

can i get copies of these?

On 02/05/2012

The website www.picturethepast.org.uk (link on right hand side of this page) has around 100,000 old photos of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, many available for purchase. We hope the ones you require of Edwinstowe are amongst those on the site

By Website Administrator
On 02/05/2012

Do you have any further information on the history of the Dukeries Hotel? I believe my grandfather ran it in the early 1920s and I have recently found his business card and photographs of the hotel? I would love to know more.

By Elaine Schafer
On 21/01/2015

Thanks for your query, Elaine.  We will contact the person who contributed the page on the Dukeries Hotel to see if they have more information.

By Website Administrator
On 22/01/2015

Sorry I personally do not have any information on the Dukeries Hotel, try contacting Edwinstowe Historical Society, you will find the contact details on www.local-history.co.uk › Local history societies



By Pauline Marples
On 22/01/2015

the post card with the post office, is this the same building that was the royal oak hotel?? got some early photos showing the royal oak and i'm sure its the same building.

By Mark Taylor
On 23/01/2015

Hello Elaine, the Dukeries Hotel was built in the late 19th century to cater for the tourist traffic that the new railway built by the Lancashire Derbyshire & east Coast Railway Company was expected to create but the numbers of tourists never lived up to expectations. I don't know much about the hotel but I do know that it burned to the ground in 1929 so the one you see today isn't the original one, maybe your grandfather was there at the time.

By Peter Bowler
On 23/01/2015

Many thanks for posting your Comment, Mark.  Could you create a page on OurNottinghamshire using your pictures of the post office/Royal Oak?

By Website Administrator
On 23/01/2015

The article I wrote can be found on Facebook using Dewsbury pictures old and new

By Mark Taylor
On 26/01/2015

Further to Elaine's query above, I've found the following bits about the Dukeries Hotel which I though might be interesting:  In the book "Edwinstowe Past & Present" compiled by the Edwinstowe Historical Society in 1987 (p.39) it says that The Mansfield Brewery purchased the site of the hotel (just across from the railway station) in 1895 for £543.  The licence was granted at the Retford Quarter sessions on 21st October 1896, and the hotel was built in 1897.  M.J. Jackson, meanwhile, in his book "Edwinstowe: the Story of a Forest Village" (p32) says "The Dukeries Hotel, vast in comparison with other village hostelries, was built primarily to cater for those coming into the village by train and during the summer months the number of visitors was considerable".

Looking at Trade directories, in 1912 and 1916 the manageress was Miss Carlotte Fox.  The next available directory - 1922 - then lists Edgar Handley Hind as proprietor.  Hind appears again in the 1925 directory, but by 1928 has been superseded by H. Snaith.  After that, the next directory I could find (1932) lists Cameron Rice as proprietor.

By John Farjeon
On 27/01/2015

I have been lead to believe that the Dukeries Hotel fire occurred in about 1929.Only the South end single storey part was unrepairable , and was pulled down. The Main building was repaired and the contractor who did the work was Mr John Beckett of Mansfield. He was one of my 4 Great Grandfathers.

By J.Michael.E.Hayes
On 23/04/2018


EHS have added a detailed article about the Dukeries Hotel. Also, information about the railway statin across the road. Go to Edwinstowe Historical Society Website for details.

Hope this helps.



By Edwinstowe Historical Society
On 24/01/2019

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