On Saturday 10 March 2018 starting at 10:00am and finishing approximately at 12:30pm at Lenton Grove at the University of Nottingham Stephen Walker will talk about the Robinson family mills in the Leen Valley.
In the 18th century, the Robinson family established mills to produce cotton thread. They created one of the earliest large-scale industrial complexes in Nottinghamshire. In 1785, they were the first in the world to apply a steam engine to a factory. This session will describe the extent of the physical remains, review evidence for the operation of the mills and details about the workforce.
Dr Walker is a retired school teacher who recently completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham. For many years he has been researching the development and operation of the mills, and he has been chair of the Friends of Moor Pond Woods. His work spans historical geography, industrial archaeology and social history.
The Local History Seminars are organised by the University of Nottingham’s Department of History and are generally held on the second Saturday of the month at Lenton Grove. They are open to everyone with an interest in local and regional history. Booking is not necessary and the entry fee of £5 covers the cost of attending the seminar together with coffee and biscuits in the interval. The seminars start at 10.00 am and finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
Lenton Grove is most easily accessed via the West Gate (Beeston) on the main campus and is marked on the map below. There is roadside parking approximately 100m beyond Lenton Grove, just past the School of Humanities building.
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