Giltbrook - A Suburb of Ikea
Giltbrook - A Suburb of Ikea

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The Hayloft at Giltbrook

The Hayloft : Giltbrook

This site contains information about Giltbrook, Eastwood, Greasley, Newthorpe, and the surrounding areas, in Nottinghamshire, UK. It includes local history, local photographs, and a link to a map of the area, which is on the 'Giltbrook' page, (link at the bottom of this page).

The title, 'Giltbrook - A Suburb of Ikea', refers to the size of the Ikea development, now called the Giltbrook Retail Park, which is situated on the outskirts of Giltbrook, near to the A610 island. Giltbrook Retail Park contains the following stores, Ikea, Next, Decathlon, Boots, TK Maxx, Laura Ashley, Carpet Right, CSL, Bhs - British Home Stores, Mamas and Papas, SCS, Pets at Home, and Barker and Stonehouse, plus more to be announced, along with the food outlets of Starbucks, Subway, and Frankie and Benny's. Screwfix have also opened an outlet near to Giltbrook Retail Park on the nearby industrial estate.

Giltbrook Farm Estate (Smithurst Road)

The Giltbrook estate, Smithurst Road

The site also contains personal information about me, and my interests. Most of the images on this site are copyright to me, if you require an image from this site for another use, please ask.

The D.H. Lawrence Memorial at nearby Eastwood

The Lawrence Memorial

Decathlon's proposal to build on greenbelt land near Ikea

I wrote the following poem to express my views on Decathlon's proposal to build on greenbelt land, just off of the A610 at Giltbrook. The proposed greenbelt site is on the opposite side of the by-pass to their present store, and the existing Ikea store. We have lost too much of the surrounding countryside around Giltbrook already, it is time to say no to any more. It is ludicrous for Decathlon to suggest building another store, with surrounding restaurants, and a so called recreational facility, on greenbelt land that already acts as a recreational facility. This is just an excuse to encroach into the greenbelt, knowing that it will then make further retail development much easier to achieve.

The poem is set 40 years in the future, with a young lad out walking with his granddad.

How green was this valley?

What was here before, granddad?
Before Decathlon came?
Was there birds and butterflies,
Like other people claim?
Or has it always been like this,
With cars on tarmac standing,
From Kimberley to Langley Mill,
Surrounding neon branding?

Was this once a valley granddad?
Was it green with grass?
Was it beautiful long ago?
Why did they make it crass?
Was there a river meandering through,
Beside a railway track?
Why did they let them change it?
They can never get it back.

Gavin Gillespie 19/12/2011

Walker Street School reunion - for pupils that left in 1964.

A school reunion was held at Eastwood Town Social Club for pupils that left the school in 1964. It was held on Friday September 19th 2008. The organisers were Rita Campbell and Georgina Clarke.

Further details about the reunion, including a lot of school photographs, and a list of most of the pupils from that year, are available on the following link:- Walker Street School - 1964 Leavers Reunion

Photographs showing the demolition of Walker Street School at Eastwood:- Walker Street School Demolition

D.H. Lawrence's Birthplace

D.H.Lawrences Birthplace

On the following link is an interesting photograph taken in 1959 at the now demolished old Methodist Church, at Eastwood, (off Wellington Street). It shows local people recruited to appear as extras in the black and white 1960 film of Sons and Lovers. The extras are dressed in period costumes ready for filming. A lot of the filming was done in and around the Eastwood area. Extras in the 1960 film of Sons and Lovers.


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Giltbrook Guestbook Link

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Other items of local interest.

The Pentrich Revolution

Find out what happened in 1817, when local men, who were struggling to survive on the low wages they were being paid, decided to try and overthrow the Government - The Pentrich Revolution.

The saving of the Gilthill School building - Gilthill School Saved.

Richard Beckinsale

To visit a website dedicated to Richard Beckinsale, and hosted by locally born actress Samantha Beckinsale, please click on the following link. Richard's first wife, Margaret Bradley, who is the mother of Samantha, has written a book about her life with Richard and is now looking for a publisher, Margaret can be contacted through the Richard Beckinsale website. Richard Beckinsale.

Moorgreen Show 2003

For pictures of Radio Nottingham at Moorgreen Show in 2003 Moorgreen Show 2003

Sons and Lovers Group

If you would like to find out what happened to local groups from the 60's and 70's, groups like 'Sons and Lovers', (Happiness is Love), 'Whichwhat', (In the Year 2525) and 'Paper Lace', click on the following link. You can download some of the above songs from the site by using the 'Download' link on the Sons and Lovers home page.

Sons and Lovers Website.