Picturesque postcard title seemingly defies when dated advancements already promoted purposeful use for this widened roadway. There's no reason to doubt it still represented once familiar scenic walks along top mid section off the initially known Harper Lane.
A highly detailed 1774 map of Nottinghamshire illustrates how this secondary pathway radiating from Hucknall Huthwaite became formed connecting farm lands accessed at both ends. Northern section was clearly established by an older Whiteborough Farm, while Huthwaite farming kept stretching outwards after gaining more productive use of flatter fields off a branching Back Lane.
Initial Hucknall Huthwaite section called Harper Lane likely acknowledged a past wealthy landowner long before recognising all current road and street addresses. Through connection carting goods destined for broader markets followed easiest possible route for horses, creating a well trod footpath taken additionally between many 19th century coal miners. Despite this secondary narrow lane eventually becoming last of four main road developments fully extending from Huthwaite, it never gained national numbered classification.
Harper Lane branched north westerly off the one and only single sided future residential Main Street. Hucknall Huthwaite developments mainly did radiate from that central hub, but as the reason for asserting road status was to ease travel promoting a Whiteborough Railway station at furthest end, historic coverage begins identifying cause behind those changes.
Taking upward path beyond accessing productive farm fields, Harper Lane edged along steepest contours called Strawberry Bank. Over that highest Nottinghamshire vantage point, an approximate mile long village track drops into a valley exiting boundary rising through Whiteborough. Several farms were eventually sited along latter half this remoter rural section, beginning with Woodland Cottage on northern sloping west side. Still standing long after homing some influential families including Adlington, Holland and Evans, they upped historic recognition for councillors choosing Woodland Avenue name above a Chesterfield Road housing estate.
Small copse remnants of woodland barely matched Newton Wood edging west Nottinghamshire borderline. South east Derbyshire corner pointing directly to this adjacent Hucknall Huthwaite area, may furthermore suggest next reference for Wood End farming.
A century before this view, lowest area knowingly claimed 1860s Wood End, Hucknall Huthwaite address when Stephen Ashmore originally named his Woodend Farm home on furthest right. Another close facing house also overlooked a Midland railroad carved through deeper valley collecting coals from neighbouring collieries. Old railway bridge thereafter restricted any fuller road widening.
Magnificent southward view reveals obliging addition of a Huthwaite roadside ticket office above the Whiteborough station platform. Promoting Huthwaite linked by revolutionary passenger transport encouraged surfaced lane widening next called Station Road.
Ashmore family soon after relinquished Woodend Farm address in favour of opening a Railway Inn beerhouse. But his Wood End yard cottages kept reference mostly inviting similar Tibshelf mining families, until sighting cleared grounds shortly after following Slum Act orders.
Woodend Farm had however become adopted name for a topside working residence for a Fox household, homing twin daughters Betty & Midge.
Title is retained through later owners first opening kennels. Enterprising business added a shooting range and popular fishing ponds, all presenting the Woodend Farm Complex.
Mansfield Ales added the Huthwaite Railway Inn to their list of brewery public houses. Nevertheless, whereas remote location had few rail travellers, continuing success was ultimately privately founded by Mr Barnard catering for dining motorists utilising that huge car park. His updated and extended carvery reclaimed former reference renaming The Woodend Inn on Chesterfield Road.
Corporate buyout revamps maintain named popularity through affordable car ownership creating a necessity. Much busier traffic recently restricted lorry weights along Chesterfield Road, leaving heavier numbers of motorists crossing B6014 Derbyshire borders.