Of the four main roads radiating out from Huthwaite, Chesterfield Road was the last to be developed. From the Market Place, it takes a westerly route upward edging along a naturally steep contour beyond what was historically recognised as Nottinghamshire's highest point atop Strawberry Bank. There the roadway veers northerly to steeply drop through a valley. After approximately one mile it crosses village boundaries rising into Whiteborough, but extends by name until reaching junction onto Wild Hill numbered B6014. Heading outward towards its named destination, that route crosses county borders into Derbyshire when passing through Tibshelf. After bridging over the M1, a countryside connection follows a separately named B6039.
Original addressing given Harper Lane is remembered long after losing all trace of a potential 18th century landowner reflected by its naming. Earliest 19th century mapping of this rural hamlet called Hucknall-under-Huthwaite identifies this cart track accessing steep and lofty meadows as an established through road. A titled scenic postcard reveals one view, but belies significant changes far end seeing in the next century.
First known dwelling remotely sited along length of Harper Lane still stands tucked below Strawberry Bank. Woodland Cottage has homed notable families including Adlington, Holland and Evans, and was historically recognised giving address to the opening of a new Chesterfield Rd housing estate built high above it.
Full residential expansion along Harper Lane began from this cross road entrance opposite Market Street.
The postcard sent in 1907 from Hucknall Huthwaite shows the right corner defined by the Workpeoples Inn facing Main Street. Replaced by a Tesco store makes my 2002 snap historically worthy of its own juxtapose.
Leaving the far older Peacock Hotel fully exposed on left corner, the removal of one fine looking residence plus a few shops directly behind were among other roadside properties removed around 1960 in order to widen this far busier road. Miss Helen Wilson suggests this was taken around 1920 when shop sign displayed proprieters name of Shaw.
Mrs Radford displays her mothers first business as Marshall's newsagent on the opposite roadside. This terraced home on end of a long row built by Wright's, butts up onto back of their Workpeoples Inn. When Kath Wright continued the family butchers shop, she claimed intention had been towards helping provide affordable homes desperately needed by an influx of mine workers. And they were of course left angered by the Councils compulsory demolition order.Harper Terrace & Wright's Yard
Despite alternatively recognising Station Road, Wright's properties revealed along right hand side always claimed familiar longest addressing as Harper Terrace. Construction predated any notions for motorised road transport, so the photograph makes it obvious how the narrowed throughway restricted all later traffic. Any reference to Wright's Yard was loosely given to these properties and rear grounds when the family still owned the pub and next door butcher shops facing Main Street. Summer Hill Court since claimed that area between Swanson Avenue, taking its own name from Mr Taylor's former Summerhill House topside.
Sighted in above road scenes is one of Huthwaite's grandest surviving residences. Current owners shared record of the plot of land being purchased, proving year of construction by 1900 is actually rather later than generally believed. This doesn't distract historic interest, but probably explains reason behind still solidly standing. Built by and for an esteemed Mr Edwin Lowe, he bought the land off known business associates. Obviously displaying great wealth comes from partnering a Simpson, Wright and Lowe hosiery factory. An influential Huthwaite councillor, the death of Edwin Howard Lowe can be found dated 26th October 1950.
A local scrap dealer took over the property. Mr Ben Woolley senior pulled up old gravestones upon hearing the lower garden rear of the Pecock had been a private burial ground for the Burrows family. Taking chance of salvaging lead coffins allegedly found no reward nor evidence, according to son Ben. Boyhood memory innocently recalls worn inscriptions on old weathered stones just marked pet graves. They used those to base a large chicken shed; beneath which still lays the only clue potentially able to resolve this old mystery.
Property maintainance had not been much of a priority according to one visitors experience. So some signs of internal renovations must therefore have been carried out by the next unnamed occupant. Known only to be a joiner, he clearly favoured dark plywood as wall decor. Bemused at hearing recent tales it sold to be an orphanage or childrens home, because I recall layout and fittings through marriage to my now ex wife.
Sometime around 1970, The Beeches modernly addressing 36 Chesterfield Road, became the joint home for her grandparents and parents Mr and Mrs Young. Comparably low property prices attracted them as well as many others to Huthwaite. Fact is, this spacious house accommodated Charlie and Brenda caring for their aging parents plus teenage daughter, while funding early retirement by fostering three or four children. Eventually left living alone until our 1990 divorce, they moved away shortly after finding a Huthwaite buyer.
Mr Raymond Jepson achieved position of Company Director in March 1992, and listed with secretary Mrs Linda Anne Jepson, they proudly claimed new Huthwaite addressing for a family home at The Beeches.
Written 16 Oct 04 Revised 27 Jan 14 © by Gary Elliott