High Street


Edwinstowe Cooperative Store with manager and staff.  High Street 11th May 1904


Shuttleworth Hairdressers and Cooperative demolition

High Street n.d

The Black Swan and The Jug and Glass in the High Street c1902-1904   High Street Looking South c1903 where the crossroads are now with the village pump.

At the cross roads.

In 1719, a school started by John and Ellin Bellamy was in place for the education of eight boys, ‘of poor, honest and religious parents, such as shall be born in the town.’ His Will stated, ‘I give and bequeath the school house in Edwinstowe – 1724.’ It was situated on the site of the War Memorial which was constructed in 1919. Mr. John Hanson was Schoolmaster and parish clerk from 1770 until 1805 when he died.

John and Ellin gave yearly rent from 2 houses adjoining the schoolhouse to be distributed by Trustees to 4 of the Poorest Honest Widows who were” thought to be the most Needfull”.  Around 1800, the 2 houses were pulled down and Parish Officers chose widows to occupy the 4 small houses which replaced them.

The dedication stone from the original Alms-houses is built into the wall round the War Memorial, although the inscription has totally worn away (last section of wall, top of the High Street). It read ‘John and Ellin Bellamy 1678’

Edwinstowe High Street Postcard c1910

High Street Bread Deliveries c1902

Edwinstowe High Street c1910

Mrs. Winifred Emerson, Henry Holmes (Butcher), George Smith (Co-op Carter) with horse-Rocker.

Lowes Garage and Kirkstall Café on right c1920s

Edwinstowe High Street c1914

High Street c1920s

High Street n.d.

High Street Advert  C. 1940s

 17 Chetwynd’s High Street 27th Sept 1985

Edwinstowe Institute – Old Library

In the centre of the High Street is a building which has had many uses over the years. The Architect of this and the Church Rooms on Mansfield Road was John Howitt & Son. They were both built in 1913/14 by Earl Manvers who at the time owned most of Edwinstowe. A ‘Time Capsule’ was placed in a wall when it was constructed. His intention for the Institute was a billiards room, a reading room and a lounge to keep young men of the village out of the Public Houses which, even then we had 4 for a population of about 900. During both wars it was used for war work and as a soup Kitchen when needed. 

Opening of the Old Library

In 1948, it became our Public Library and where the W.E.A. (Workers’ Educational Association) meetings were held from that time. We mostly chose subjects on history and so it was from those members that the Edwinstowe Historical Society was formed in the early 60s. Many other groups met there including a Yoga class.