Category Archives: Publications

Collingham and East of the Trent

Ice Age to the Romans

by Jeremy Lodge

Society Trustee and Irregular Editor, Jeremy Lodge, has just published a 250-page paperback book on Collingham and its surrounding area. This is the first publication dedicated to Collingham and this area sine Reverend Wake’s ‘History of
Collingham and its Neighbourhood’ in 1867. Jeremy’s book starts with the last Ice Age which shaped the land and formed the basis for the development of early plant, animal and human life in this area . The focus then moves on to local evidence of early human habitation culminating in the Celts and Romans. The impact of the River Trent, climatic changes and the broader geographical perspective are recurrent themes throughout. ‘Collingham and East of the Trent’ is richly illustrated with diagrams, maps and photographs of local archaeological finds and frequently links the issues covered with what can still be seen today. In addition, there is a compendium of ancient artefacts and archaeological reports. This easy to read book will be of interest to both the general reader and those specifically interested in this locality.

‘Collingham and East of the Trent’ is being sold by Gascoignes (the Post Office) in Collingham, and by Pat at 21 High Street (Collingham) for £10. Thankyou to them both! You can also buy Jeremy’s books from ‘The Bookcase’ in Lowdham The ebook can be purchased from Amazon.

Jeremy is currently working on a further book which takes our local story up to the Domesday Book of 1086. This should be ready for publication in summer 2022.

Nottinghamshire Settlers, 1820

This year is the bicentennial for a national scheme in which about 4,000 people emigrated to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Some 190 people from Nottinghamshire joined the scheme and made the crossing in four ships.

The leader of the main group from Nottinghamshire was Dr Thomas Calton from Collingham. His group, known as the ‘Calton’ or ‘Nottingham Party’ were representative of typical settlers and were involved in all of the very turbulent history of the district.

Kindly donated by the Author, this book  can be downloaded free of charge here:


Irregular 2 & 3

7th November 2018

The second and  third editions of ‘The Irregular’ were released  together  in November 2018 as joint WW1 Armistice editions and to coincide with our 3 day Armistice Exhibition on 9th, 10th, 11th November. As with Irregular 1, we have not limited our authors to writing just about people and happenings within our local parish boundaries, but have linked our local people and area to experiences they would have been through – such as issues prompted by ‘The Defence of the Realm Act’ – which had a direct impact on their lives.

Bringing Irregular 2 & 3 to you together has been a great feat: 2 editions, 8 new writer/researchers, 11 Authors, 24 Articles, 400 pages, 60,000 words. Plus the Trail leaflet and the Exhibition brought to you by the same core team!

Thanks to the generosity of Nottinghamshire Local History Association, it has been possible to produce larger than normal editions of The Irregular.

As usual these editions are well illustrated, mainly by images from the Society’s Archives.

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The Great War Trail

5th November 2018

The Great War Trail was devised by the Society as part of the Armistice Commemorative programme over the summer of 2018. It follows a path starting and ending in the Cooperative Car Park and taking the walker on a circular tour of High Street, South Collingham (as far as the church), along Low Street up to the Grey Horse, then back along the High Street to the car park. Along the route shops, schools, buildings of importance such as the Memorial Hall, and houses of the soldiers who left the village to fight in the Great War are pointed out, and a back story given where appropriate.  Pictures are included to enrich the walk. 

The Trail was sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Collingham Parish Council. It was delivered to every household in Collingham.

While the Village Trail is centred around the Great War, its value as a heritage resource enabling villagers to understand how the village appeared 100 years ago cannot be underestimated.