Local Interest

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The Story of Plumtree Station 1879-2017 by Margaret Wright

This tells the story of a small, rural railway station from the time of its building as part of the new Midland Railway line from Nottingham to Melton Mowbray to its modern incarnation as a family run restaurant.

The station served three local communities, Plumtree, Keyworth and Normanton-on-the-Wolds and had an influence on all of them, but particularly Keyworth where several of the railway workers came to live. The author points out how it also influenced a new housing development at Plumtree Park and she talks about the navvies who built the railway and describes the station buildings and those who worked there. Paperback £5

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Lost Newark by Jillian Campbell & Mike Cox

Local authors Jillian Campbell and Mike Cox step back in time and rediscover Newark’s lost buildings and remember the forgotten architectural heritage that once embellished this attractive East Midlands market town.  Paperback, £12.99

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Coal Mining in the East Midlands by David Amos & Natalie Braber

Images of the coal mining heritage of the East Midlands, covering some of the most important mines in the Nottinghamshire as well as Derbyshire and Leicestershire. The authors describe the background to each of the three regions and then give a short description of some of the main mines in those regions, accompanied by photographs illustrating life and working conditions above and below ground.

There are sections on North Nottinghamshire, covering the colleries of Thoresby, Welbeck, Harworth, Clipstone and Bilsthorpe and South Nottinghamshire, covering the colleries of Annesley, Bentinck, Calverton, Cotgrave and Gedling. There are images that will strike a chord with many a household in the region, while it is hoped that the book will help preserve the coal mining heritage which is in danger of disappearing.  Paperback, £9.99

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