Memories of Beeston Rylands Parts 1 & 2

Photo:memories of Beeston Rylands part one

memories of Beeston Rylands part one

Bill Newton

Photo:Memories of Beeston Rylands Part 2

Memories of Beeston Rylands Part 2

Bill Newton

Photo:miners shop 1983

miners shop 1983

from the booklets

Photo:Ryland Junior school 1983 just before demolition

Ryland Junior school 1983 just before demolition

from the booklets

Photo:primary school class 1947/8

primary school class 1947/8

from the booklets

Photo:VE day street party

VE day street party

from the booklets

Beeston Rylands "Village in a Town"

A personal memory

By Bill Newton

Beeston Rylands is an area that is unique with a strong sense of identity, it is low lying and until recent years was under a constant threat of flooding from the River Trent, however, the introduction of the flood protection scheme in the late 1940’s and the recent upgrading of the scheme by the Environment Agency defines a  possible reduction to the threat of flooding.  
Beeston Rylands is bounded by the River Trent to the south, the railway to the north, the gravel workings in the west where gravel extraction started in 1929,  factory and the railway in the east. With no easterly exit from Beeston Rylands via Beacon Road railway Bridge present until 1956, Beeston Rylands was an encircled area, giving it an atmosphere similar to a village. This is still evident even today although in 1956 the road linking the end of Lilac Grove with Beacon Road was opened, however, this new section of road was originally crossed by a level crossings close by the end of the Beacon Road railway bridge2.  Manual operation of this level crossing was conducted by Boot’s3 to provide rail access to their sidings.
The opening of this road showed a marginal improvement to Beeston Rylands' isolation from Beeston, however, any real connection with Beeston did not arrive until 1969 with the opening of the Meadow Road railway bridge. Nevertheless, although Beeston Rylands is now well connected with Beeston, many residents of Beeston Rylands including those who have lived in the area for a long time and newcomers to the area consider Beeston Rylands should continue to retain its individual identity, resisting attempts to destroy its individuality.
My memories of Beeston Rylands are centered around the 1940's and 50's,  this was the period of my childhood and youth. Beeston Rylands having been my home since 1939 illustrates I have seen many changes occur since then within the area.

The above is the opening chapter of two small booklets (for logistic reasons) that I wrote in 2010. These booklets set out to describe what it was like to live in an area that was almost like a village, the canal, river shops, school, railway, 1947 flooding and the industry in the area. They are a personal memory of the area and were three years in the writing. My reason for writing them were fairly simple, an awful amount of material has been written about Beeston, but Beeston Rylands didn't seem to exist, so I set out to address that omission. The books are illustrated with many photographs and several computer drawn sketches. I believe they are a window to the area as it was in those distant times. They are self published and are available only from me.

This page was added by Bill Newton on 16/07/2012.

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