THE HISTORY OF BRACKENHURST was the subject of PETER LYTH’S talk to the Society in April.
The house was built in 1828 on farmland south of Southwell, then known as Tower Wong Close, by the Reverend Thomas Cane as a vicarage. In 1861 his daughter had a baby at the house. She was Mrs. Allenby and they called their son Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby. He was to become Field Marshall Viscount Allenby who led the British Empire’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the conquest of Palestine in the First World War.
The House was bought by the Foljambe family in 1887 who sold it in 1899 to Hicking of the Hicking Pentecost factory on London Road in Nottingham. He was a self made man who became Baronet Hicking of Southwell in 1918. It was he who named it Brackenhurst Hall in 1902 and extended it and embellished it with a tower, balustrades and Tuscan columns as well as laying out the gardens in grand style to include a dew pond and teahouse.
In 1947 it was sold to Notts. County Council to become an Agricultural College with Peter Lyth’s father, Philip, as its Principal. Nottingham Trent University took it over in 1999.
On 8th May local Archaeologist Matt Beresford’s talk will be on GRAFFITI IN THE MINSTER.
The meeting on 12th June welcomes back ANN FEATHERSTONE for a thrilling tale of MAIDENS, MURDERERS AND MONSTERS.
We have books “A History of Farnsfield” (5.00) and Memories of Farnsfield (3.00) as well as Philip Marsh’s book on Farnsfield’s own pioneer and explorer Augustus Gregory whose family emigrated to Australia in the nineteenth century. “Farnsfield to Rainworth – Journey of a Lifetime” (7.00) It is selling very well and can be obtained from Farnsfield and Southwell libraries, the Bookcase in Lowdham and Five Leaves bookshop off Long Row, Nottingham.
We also have copies of all these and also Philip Marsh’s book on the Farnsfield Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. (Please see separate heading and photographs.)
Many thanks to those who have let us have photographs in response to our appeal. We now have plenty of photographs of pram races. There must be photographs of events organised by village Societies and clubs over the years. If you can let us have any then please contact us through the website or telephone.
For more information telephone David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454