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The Mysterious Death of 'Old Jack' - 1878
John Shippam, known affectionately as ‘Old Jack’ by the locals, was a market-stall holder in Mansfield Market Place. He was a native of Mansfield and lived on Belvedere Street with his son-in-law, William Theobald. John Shippam liked a drink and when he wasn’t selling fish and fruit on the market he was often found in the nearby public houses around the Market Place. John’s love of drink often meant that he would incur numerous debts, which strai...
The Tragic Death of a Young Boy - 1910
Stockwell Gate has seen some of the most extensive alterations over several decades, particularly since the building of the Four Seasons in the 70s. But before this, it was riddled with narrow streets and passages, which branched off into residential areas of somewhat infamous repute with poor inhabitants and criminal dealings. Not a place to visit at night! Stockwell Gate facing the Market Place in 1913 One such street was Padleyhill Road on whi...
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'Til Death do you Part - 1914
Samuel Slater was deaf and suffered from a speech impediment. He often found solace in a drink but also became extremely violent and usually took out his frustrations on others. One such victim was his wife, Elizabeth. The Slaters lived with their three children on Gedling Street off Nottingham Road but had originally come from Derbyshire to find work in one of the Mansfield sand quarries. During the last ten years of their marriage, Samuel becam...
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34-42 Leeming Street — Britalia, Premier E-Cigs, Fifi Star Nails, Cherished Wedding Boutique
Brief History 34-42 Leeming Street form the Brunts Buildings which were built in 1915 and designed by Arthur C. Howard, who was architect to the Trustees of Brunts Charity, the offices of which are located above the shops. The name derives from Samuel Brunts who founded the charity in 1711 to provide almshouses in the Mansfield area and also founded The Brunts Academy school. A statue of Samuel Brunts adorns the corner of the building. Premier E-...
Art Work of Bentinck Memorial, Market Place, Mansfield
Bentinck Memorial, Market Place, Mansfield. David Velebny Age 5.
March 2021 - Mansfield Townscape in the News
Lydia Kirk’s fame is growing – Mansfield Townscape Heritage project made it onto the front page of the News Journal, Mansfield’s good news local paper, this week, with a feature on the oral history programme that we launched with Asquith Primary School. You can read the feature here. It was a great plug for the project as a whole – thank you News Journal! If you’d like to train as an interviewer or have a story to share about the history of the t...
10-12 Stockwell Gate – Cheapest Cigs, Gala Take Away & Coffee Lounge
Brief History 10-12 Stockwell Gate was built in the early 19th century and is Grade II listed. Studio Ten was a hair salon. Current Condition The three-storey building has painted brickwork on the upper storeys and two late 20th-century shop fronts. The building has attractive upper floors and shop fronts but is in poor condition and the internal metal grilles on number 10 detract from its overall appearance. Suggested Works Explore evidence for...
Your Town, Your Project
What’s happening to Mansfield? People in high-viz vests perched in a cherry picker, clearing gutters around the Market Place, blasting the Bentinck Memorial clean and demonstrating sign-writing in Leeming Street! What’s going on? The answer is the Mansfield Townscape Heritage Project – Mansfield Revived – led by Mansfield District Council and supported by a grant of nearly £850,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in partners...
December 2020 - Young Historians Trained Up
Just before Christmas, as part of Mansfield Townscape Heritage historical research programme, a group of keen young historians from Asquith Primary School attended an online training session organised by Corinna Brown, Extended Services Coordinator for Asquith and Berry Hill Primary Schools, and led by Outreach Officer, Helen Foster, from East Midlands Oral History Archive. The session introduced the girls to the principles and practice of gather...
20-22 Leeming Street — Luxury Nails & Leeming News
Brief History The building is late 19th-century. 20 Leeming Street was Turner’s bakery and 22 Leeming Street used to be Stylo shoe shop in the 1960s. Luxury Nails was first established as Meadow Nails and the Leeming News newsagent has been on the site since 2008. Condition It is in good condition with the sash windows intact on the upper floors. The building is of red brick with gabled frontages, stone cills and joined stone lintels over number...
September 2020 - Children's Art Competition Winners
...Pauline Marples Brilliant to see what all the children have done Pete Brown Thanks Pauline – apologies for the (very long!) delay in responding. We're still getting our act together as far as the website is concerned. Need more helpers! Pete Brown, Community Participation Coordinator...
17 Leeming Street — Harmony Health Clinic
Brief History 17-21 Leeming Street once formed part of a series of stone buildings which were demolished and replaced with the brick building where The Green Dragon pub now stands, making 17-21 Leeming Street the only part of this original stone structure remaining. It is one of the oldest buildings on Leeming Street from the late Georgian period and originally, like many buildings of this time, did not have a shopfront but was a plain window-and...
23-27 Leeming Street — Food Plus (Pasikonik)
Brief History One of the more popular businesses to occupy 23-27 Leeming Street was Leckenby’s, a high-quality food store pioneered by Mr Charles Crow and Mr Leckenby in 1902. Both had been employees at the Allen & Co. grocer’s of Church Street before deciding to found the Crow & Leckenby café at 23 Leeming Street, which was later extended into number 25 to include a grocery in 1906. After WWI, Mr Leckenby ran the business himself and the Leckenb...
Welcome to Mansfield Market Place
Since it was granted the market charter by Henry III in 1227, there has been a tradition of outdoor markets in Mansfield. Once held by the Market Cross on West Street, the market moved to the centre where the Bentinck Memorial stands. The routes leading to Market Place are based on the original medieval trade routes into town. Mansfield Market Place originally occupied a triangular area from West Gate to Stockwell Gate to Church Street. By the ea...
What's That Building? - Photo Quiz
Do you recognise these buildings just from a small detail? Why not have a walk around town and see if you can identify these classic Mansfield buildings from their unique architectural features. (Suitable for all ages. Although, if you’re quite young, ask an adult to help you). Good look! Download the Mansfield Photo Quiz pdf. 1. What are these strange animals in relief across my stone coursing? Can you spot them? Hint: You can find me on Leeming...
Welcome to Stockwell Gate
One of the main medieval routes that lead into Mansfield town centre, Stockwell Gate has seen many changes and played host to commerce, culture and catastrophe. In 1791 Stockwell Gate held the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel – when Mansfield Town Football Club was established in 1897, it was first founded as ‘Mansfield Wesleyans’. The Empire Palace of Varieties, opened in 1914, once stood at the corner of Stockwell Gate and Rosemary Street in an era wh...
26-29 Market Place – Shoe Zone, Pound Bakery
Brief History 26-29 Market Place dates from the mid-20th century and is possibly a re-facing of an early 20th century building. Current Condition The building is in fair condition but the facing materials are out of character. There are UPVC replacement windows on the second floor and most of the first floor, where two original windows remain. The shopfront signage is very dominant, including those promoting upper floor commercial units. Suggeste...
1-5 Leeming Street — HSBC UK
Brief History 1 Leeming Street was first built as Nottingham Joint Stock Bank in 1893 and designed by Robert Frank Vallance, who was apprenticed to Albert Nelson Bromley and later partnered with Louis Alfred Westwick to form Vallance & Westwick. In 1905 it amalgamated with the London City and Midland Bank and had to expand over the years into the adjoining buildings to accommodate for the growth in business and customers. Its new address became 1...
Meet the Team
Mansfield Townscape Heritage Team Caroline Daghash, Townscape Heritage Officer (MDC staff) I have had many years’ experience of delivering grant funded projects. Having lived in and around Mansfield all my life I am very excited about working on the Townscape Heritage Project. I really hope that the property owners will realise the advantages of accessing the grant to improve the appearance of their property and that the project also raises commu...
28a Leeming Street — Age UK
Brief History It is part of the Imperial Buildings, from 28a-32 Leeming Street, which was designed by Vallance & Westwick of Mansfield in 1901 for a Mr J. Greenwood. The Age UK charity specialises in help and fundraising for vulnerable elderly people. Condition It is a Grade II listed building. The parapet features a tablet inscribed with Imperial Buildings and the date, 1901. The building is in good condition. The late 20th-century shopfront uti...
24 Market Place - Carousel Candy
Brief History 24 Market Place is a Grade II listed former Moot Hall (meeting or assembly building) dating from 1752 and commissioned by Lady Oxford of Welbeck. Current Condition The windows and ground floor were remodelled in the mid- and late 20th century. Construction is in ashlar stone with a timber shopfront and coursed stone above and a Welsh slate roof. It is a striking building in good condition with an imposing coat of arms in tympanum. I...
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