Thursday, 15 August 2013

BYSTANDER BULWELL - a brand new publication.
A brand new compilation from past articles about Bulwell, Nottingham, appearing in the Basford Bystander over the last twenty five years or so is now available.        For the contents, price and contact details -  see box below.

The articles, excellent in themselves, have not seen light of day for many, many years and are so good that, as editor of the Basford Bystander, I decided to make them more accessible and reissue them in this  new handy A5 format entitled BYSTANDER BULWELL.

Bystander Bulwell is a companion volume to the book Bystander Cream published recently.



The editor’s compilation of articles published in

back issues of the Basford Bystander   Articles Include :-


Living near Northern Bridge

Oakleigh Lodge
Sankey’s of Bulwell
Jimmy Rayner’s Portable Theatre
Bulwell’s Well
The Newstead Abbey
Barber to the War Office
King Billy
Dad and footballer Bertie Mee
The Workhouse

The Workhouse’s Dr Tancred

Bulwell’s Blacksmith
Bulwell Common Plane Crash
Bulwell Vicar Shooting
Albert Street
Mr Punch - Rag & Bone man
Tragic William Haslam
Fanny’s Big Bulwell Wedding
Commercial Road
Victorian Bulwell

If you would like a copy of this unique book by UK mail then please send a cheque payable to Basford Bystander   for £2.70 per book (inclusive UK postage)

 to 44 Cherry Tree Close, Brinsley, Nottingham NG16 5BA



A pdf copy can be e-mailed inland or world wide at a cost of £2.00 (sterling) per copy

via  e-mail at -    (PayPal accepted)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The recent book launch of "Brinsley - Top to Bottom" resulted in a virtual sell-out on the day itself and a reprint had to be organised quickly to meet demand.   

The book has been very well received - which is pleasing to say it is Brinsley book number 13.    

The title seems to have intrigued quite a few readers.  However the title is particularly relevent to the book and all becomes clear when viewing the contents of the book.

Prospective readers may be interested to learn that there is a pdf version of the book available and this can be e-mailed to any part of the UK and most parts of the world.     The cost is £2.00 sterling and payment by PayPal (using the address is perfectly acceptable.

All net proceeds of the book are donated to Brinsley Parish Church.

Friday, 8 March 2013

BRINSLEY - TOP TO BOTTOM is my latest book and is being launched on Saturday 16th March 2013 in St James Church, Brinsley, from 10.00am until 2.00pm.     
The pretty village of Brinsley, which lies between Eastwood on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border and junction 27 of the M1, is in that part of the country which D H Lawrence described as “the country of my heart.”
“Brinsley - Top to Bottom” is my 36th local book and 13th Brinsley Book - which is rather appropriate for the year 2013 
After launch day, my illustrated book containing 36pps and costing  £2.70 inclusive of p&p, can be obtained directly from me by e-mailing; from Brinsley Post Office or from Lowdham Bookcase on the internet -    If ordering from me the payment should be made out to “Stan Smith” please.
My latest book is packed with true stories of fascinating local characters who lived in and around the village - none more so than pop star, grappler and living legend John Lawrence - grandfather of the famous writer D H Lawrence and Walter Cornell the lamp cabin man and one legged cyclist.
Then there are the stories of Alfred Wilkinson, keeper of the Miners’ Welfare unable to serve ale to local miners; Bill Harris the only resident in the Rookery to own a piano and D H Lawrence’s uncle who stood trial for murder!      Life was never dull!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

As many will know, I am the Editor of the Basford Bystander which is a journal produced every other month.  It is devoted to nostalgia, together with events and the fascinating stories of people who, over the years,  lived in and around the Nottingham suburbs of  Old and New Basford, Bulwell, Hyson Green, Cinderhill, Broxtowe, Carrington and Highbury Vale etc.

Currently Basford Bystander No 156 is at the printers and will be available at the beginning of February 2013.  As the Bystander is issued twice a year it becomes apparent that it has been published for more than a quarter of a century.    Back copies are available from issue 21 onwards.    See
However Basford Bystanders prior to Issue 21 have been out of print for many years - which is a pity because there are some fascinating articles that deserve to be seen again.    With this in mind I have produced a booklet incorporating the best of these articles which appeared in Issues No 1 - 10.

The Editor's Compilation of Articles published in
out-of-print copies of the Basford Bystander
Issues No'd 1-10
     Articles include : -


Colds and Chimney Sweeping
The Steaming Past - Basford’s Railway Stations
  Fox & Crown and its Prison cells.
The River Leen
St Leo’s - the Story of a Church
Eddie Mellor’s Lincoln Street
Alfred Fewkes - Notts Cricketer
The Workhouse


Margaret Rose - a tragedy
Clay Tobacco Pipes
Basford Wakes
Ripley Rattlers
Northgate & New Basford


If you would like a copy of this unique book by UK Mail then please send a cheque payable to -
"Basford & District Local History Society" for £2.70 per book (includes UK postage)
 to 44 Cherry Tree Close, Brinsley, Nottingham NG16 5BA
A pdf copy can be e-mailed inland or world wide(at a cost of £2.00 sterling per copy) via e-mail at :-     PayPal accepted.