The town of Beeston as we know it today began life as an Anglo-Saxon settlement close to the banks of the River Trent. By the late eighteenth century the town had developed into a thriving textile centre. The nineteenth century saw a new mix of other industries, including famous names like the Humber Works and Boots the Chemist. This book, through photographs, documents and other images will reflect the change from an agricultural settlement to an industrial town that Beeston saw. Not only can we see architectural development, but the social impact brought about by these changes. Over the last decade Beeston has witnessed its greatest change. A modern transport revolution has been brought about by the introduction of an extension to Beeston of Nottingham City's Tram Network. This work will not just record the historical change through old images, but is as much about recording for prosperity the current changes and their impact to Beeston.
Joseph Earp is currently Team Leader of the Nottingham Hidden History Team. He has also appeared on BBC East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Nottingham as historical advisor, covering topics such as Huntingdon Beaumont and Britain's first railway line. He has also written a series of local history articles for the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Bygones, The Topper newspaper and Our Nottinghamshire website. He currently writes a regular local history column for the Beestonian magazine.