Building record M507 - Humber Works, Beeston


LACE FACTORY (Victorian to Late 20th Century); BICYCLE FACTORY (Victorian to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 53612 37010 (151m by 142m)
Map sheet SK53NW
District Broxtowe
Civil Parish Beeston, Broxtowe


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Humber Works, 1880. Thomas Humber founded cycle works at Stretton St Nottm in 1870. Moved to Queen's Road 1875, moved to large works in Beeston 1880, left area 1908 for Coventry. Works covered large area. Mainly brick buildings with one large section, similar in style to lace factories with lantern room where small metal components were made up. In 1897 1200 were employed, rising to 1800 when firm made up motor cars as well as cycles in 1900s. Single storey building alongside Humber Road has plaques set in the wall with an early Humber trademark. 1908 buildings were used by the lace trade. Much demolished. "Pelerine Lingerie" occupies one part (--/03/1966). (1)
Cycle Works. (3)
Lace Factory. (4)
The Nottingham cycle firm of Humber, Marriott and Cooper built a brick factory on Humber Road/Queen's Road in 1880 and in about 1898 had commenced making cars. Car production moved to Coventry in 1908 and the works were bought by Sir Arthur Black for plain net manufacture. By 1910 eight lace makers, including Blacks, were in business at Humber Works. The works caught fire during WW1, and was never completely rebuilt after a second serious fire. (8)
See M8919 for nearby workers cottages.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(4), Ind Arch file

<1> CBA, Industrial Survey (Published document). SNT184.

Other Refs: IA4 7/3

<2> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, pp 232-3 (Published document). SNT1304.

<3> OS, 1901, 1:2500, County Series 1901 (Map). SNT1014.

Other Refs: 41/12

<4> OS, 1914, 1:2500, County Series 1914 (Map). SNT1023.

Other Refs: 41/12

<5> Reedman K, 1977, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1180.

<6> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., pp 69-70 (Monograph). SNT4.

<7> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 58 (Monograph). SNT5.

<8> NIAS, Oct 1984, NIAS Journal, p 7 (Serial). SNT1748.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: CBA. Industrial Survey.
  • <2> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. pp 232-3.
  • <3> Map: OS. 1901. 1:2500, County Series 1901.
  • <4> Map: OS. 1914. 1:2500, County Series 1914.
  • <5> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <6> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. pp 69-70.
  • <7> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 58.
  • <8> Serial: NIAS. Oct 1984. NIAS Journal. 10. p 7.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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