Things to do in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire
D.H. Lawrence known by his family as Bert has achieved a level of worldwide fame that far exceeds his humble beginnings, being born out of simple mining stock.At first the town elders and even some of his straight-laced neighbours took umbrage to the outspoken and sexual nature of his writing.
He was shunned and considered an oddity amongst the hard working mining community with his educated and perhaps high-falutin' ways.
As he travelled abroad and visited other hilly towns and districts such as Italy's "Flowery Tuscany" his sharp-nosed comparison with the meagre terraced houses of Eastwood did little to endear him to his fellows.
Now he is accepted by his hometown and by the literary fraternity for the superb originality of his novels, his short stories and his descriptive prose, alongside great classic authors like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.
A wide blue marker trail along the pavement guides foreign visitors along the "Lawrence Trail" which goes to the Lawrence museum and other places he lived in and visited including Durban House.
Coal Mining Past
Although the coalmines have long since gone, some of the long established collier families remain, as do several streets of the old back-to-back terrace houses.
Even today some locals can be heard to speak the old dialect. For instance Eastwood may be pronounced as Astewood. "I'll tell thee summat, it's Astewood, serry tha knows" (serry meaning sire or sir)
Being a progressive mining town a meeting was held at The Sun Inn Eastwood (still standing) where the momentous decision was taken to found the Midland Counties Railway in 1832 intending to compete with the canals for the lucrative coal-carrying contracts.
Just on the outskirts of the town centre a stone obelisk proudly commemorates the men of Eastwood who fell in both World Wars. This is attended annually by local veterans and youth organisations.
All in all, Eastwood is a most pleasant urban town to visit or to reside in, with all the amenities of modern living to hand for young and old alike, and especially as a gateway to the countryside delights of the peak district.
Description by David M. Page
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