EASTWOOD, a village and a parish in Basford district, Notts. The. village stands on the verge the county, adjacent to the Erewash river and canal, and the Erewash Valley railway, near Langley-Mill r. station, 9 miles NW by N of Nottingham; and has a post office under Nottingham, and fairs on the first Monday of May and the Monday after 11 Oct. The parish comprises 940 acres. Real property, £14,126; of which £9, 326 are in mines. Pop., 1,860. Houses, 383. The property is much subdivided. Coal is very extensively worked, and contains many fossils. Stocking-making also is largely carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £360. 8 Patron, J. I. Plumptre, Esq. The church is modern, and in the decorated English style. There is a Wesleyan chapel. John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72
This small town and parish lie 135 miles north of London and 8 miles north-west from Nottingham city. The parish borders on Derbyshire, covers 940 acres and includes the hamlet of Langley Mill (which also lies partly in Heanor parish).
The Erewash River runs just west of the village. Nottingham Road is the principal street in the village. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A610 arterial road north-west out of Nottingham. The road passes along the southern edge of the village.
Bus service is provided by Trent Barton.
The nearest railway station is at Langley Mill.
You can see pictures of Eastwood which are provided by:
Much of the parish workforce was employed either as frame-work knitters or colliers in the 1800s. The Butterley Company owned and operated the colliery.
The town library was established in 1840.
The Mechanics Institution was built in 1864.
This is the birthplace of D. H. LAWRENCE (1885 to 1930). From 1902 to 1906, LAWRENCE served as a Pupil Teacher at the British School in Eastwood.
After retiring from Naval service at the age of 36, Dr. Benjamin DRAWATER went to live at Eastwood to practise medicine. It is here that he married Dorothy TOPLIS in October, 1785. Dr. DRAWATER had served as ship's surgeon on some of Captain COOK's voyages. He died in 1815, after moving to Mansfield.
The Statutes Fair for hiring servants was held each November.
There was a Boer War Memorial in the church, apparently destroyed by the fire. It was a marble tablet on the south wall of the church. It was dedicated in 1904. No known photographs exist. Luckily a newspaper article allowed the Roll of Honour to be captured for posterity.
The War Memorial was erected in 1921 and contains the list of men killed in World War I. The men of World War II were added after that war and the memorial was moved to Plumptre Way. We have a list of names from the monument provided by Dai BEVAN.