Broxtowe

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The Borough of Broxtowe lies to the west of the City of Nottingham and is bounded by the River Trent on the south and the River Erewash on the west.

There are four main towns Beeston, Stapleford, Kimberley and Eastwood - each with its own character and individuality.

There is a wide choice of employment, housing amenities and countryside which makes Broxtowe a very pleasant place to live and work. Nearly two thirds of the land in Broxtowe is open countryside with a number of areas noted for their particular charm, and preserved as conservation areas.

Housing varies from 19th century terrace cottages to modern housing schemes and purpose-built accommodation for the young and elderly.

Industry offers employment ranging from large national companies such as Boots and the Royal Mail to a substantial number of industrial and commercial businesses across a wide range of services.

The most notable son of Broxtowe is D.H. Lawrence, born in Eastwood, whose writings reflect many places in the area.

Broxtowe's industrial heritage includes lace making and the hosiery trade in the south of the Borough and coal mining in the north.

Broxtowe’s Most Famous Son

David Herbert Lawrence was the son of a former school teacher and a Nottinghamshire coalminer, brought up in the small mining community of Eastwood at a time when modern industry began transforming the East Midlands countryside.

He made his debut as a novelist in 1911 with The White Peacock with settings that were heavily inspired by the local Nottinghamshire countryside. 

Lawrence's best known works are his novels, Sons & Lovers, The Rainbow and the controversial Lady Chatterley's Lover. Their style, language and frank treatment of subjects such as female sexuality changed the face of English literature and can still court controversy today. Lady Chatterley’s Lover became the centre of a famous indecency trial, marking an important transition in public views on censorship and the arts.

Lawrence also wrote poetry, short stories and essays, painted, and travelled widely in Europe, Mexico and Australia. However, the writer retained a deep feeling for his native Nottinghamshire – which he referred to as "the country of my heart".


The Hemlock Stone stands near the summit of Stapleford Hill adjacent to Bramcote Hills and the park.The stone and the hills are made up of red sandstone, which was deposited, in the early Triassic period over 200 million years ago. The upper part of the Hemlock Stone is heavily impregnated with barium sulphate or barytes, a mineral that is resistant to weathering, which forms a protective cap above the pillar of softer rock below. Over many millennia, erosion of the softer sandstone surrounding the pillar by water, ice and wind has shaped the strange form of the Hemlock Stone that we see today.
 
Many theories exist as to how the Stone got its name but it is thought by many to have been the site of activity by the Druids, the priesthood of the Celts. Myths and legends concerning the Stone abound, many of which formed part of a specially commissioned play performed in the walled garden area in 2001. A huge bonfire was lit on top of the Stone, one of the official beacons the length and breadth of the country, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.



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