Place:Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England

Alt namesBeeston Rylandssource: section of parish
Beeston-Rylandssource: alternate spelling
Rylandssource: alternate name
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates52.933°N 1.216°W
Located inNottinghamshire, England
See alsoBroxtowe Wapentake, Nottinghamshire, Englandwapentake in which the place was located
Beeston and Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, Englandurban district in which it was located 1935-1974
Broxtowe District, Nottinghamshire, Englandadministrative district in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Beeston is a town in Nottinghamshire, England, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southwest of Nottingham city centre.

The pharmaceutical and retail chemist group Boots has its headquarters at a large campus 0.6 miles (1 km) east of the centre of Beeston, on the border of the Borough of Broxtowe and the City of Nottingham. To the south lies the River Trent and the village of Attenborough, with its extensive wetlands.

As a result of suburban development in the mid-twentieth century, the built-up area of Beeston is now contiguous with the former villages of Chilwell to the west, and Wollaton and Lenton Abbey to the north. Beeston is to a degree separated from Bramcote to the northwest by the Beeston Fields Golf Course. The Broxtowe Borough-City of Nottingham border runs immediately to the east of the town and essentially forms the town's eastern edge.

Rylands was originally a small settlement around Beeston Lock, comprising some tens of houses and two pubs, although the name now refers to all of the area south of the railway line. Beeston began to spread south of the railway line in the late 19th century when a few Victorian villas were built near the level crossing by the station. Over the first few decades of the 20th century, several estates were built to house the workers at Ericssons and Boots, both of which had large factory sites also south of the railway line, and these estates joined Beeston and Rylands.

Beeston is an unparished area and has no town council, however it was a civil parish until 1935. From 1935 until 1974 (when the Borough of Broxtowe was formed) Beeston was paired with the town of Stapleford (2 km to the west) in the Beeston and Stapleford Urban District. Previously a "Beeston Urban District" existed, covering the Beeston parish. The town was the administrative centre of Beeston and Stapleford Urban District Council and is now the administrative centre for Broxtowe Borough Council.

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A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beeston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEESTON, a parish in Basford [registration] district, Notts; on the Midland railway, adjacent to the river Trent, 3 ¼. miles SW of Nottingham. It contains the hamlet of Beeston Ryelands; and has a station on the railway and a post office under Nottingham. Acres: 1,440. Real property: £11,307. Population: 3,195. Houses: 698. The property is subdivided. There are a large silk-mill, and considerable manufacture of lace and hosiery. A canal, called the Beeston cut, goes off here from the river Trent to Nottingham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value: £300. Patron: the Duke of Devonshire. The church is a handsome structure of 1844, conjoined to the chancel of an old previous pile. A handsome parsonage was built in 1860. There are two Baptist chapels, two Methodist chapels, a public library, a national school, and charities £24."

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