Bonington House

The latest book from  ALHG focuses on the fascinating history of this Georgian House. It challenges long held assumptions about who commissioned the original contruction and who lived inside its walls. The emphasis is on the people who lived, worked, met and socialised in the house and not on the artist who's name it bears. 

The second part of the book is cellar to attic, photographic and descriptive survey of the house giving an undoctored record of the building in its current state.

Available direct from the author (, ALHG ( or at ALHG meetings/events. Price £10. 

No7 Church Street Arnold Nottinghamshire.


By P. E Hunt 

This interesting book is the second researched and written by a member of the group. The book concentrates on one of Arnold’s interesting buildings. Copies may be obtained by emailing They may be collected by prior arrangement or posted to your home address for cost of postage. Book. £4.50.


By Andy McKinnon

Already in its 2nd Edition and available now.

When the Great War began in 1914 Arnold was a small town of just over eleven thousand people. During the following five years, over two thousand Arnold men enlisted into the armed forces to fight for King and Country. Almost 300 of them never came back. Of those that did, many suffered for the rest of their lives. After four years of research, Andy McKinnon has found over 1,900 of these men. This book tells their story.

Contact Andy McKinnon on 07894064257 or

The cost will be £10 members or £12 non-members plus postage.

Hucknall's Heroes

By Andy McKinnon

When the Great War began in 1914 the town of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire had a population of around sixteen thousand. During the following five years, over three thousand Hucknall men enlisted into the armed forces to fight for King and Country. Over 400 of them never came back. Of those that did return, many suffered for the rest of their lives. After two years of research, Andy McKinnon has found over 2000 of these men. This book tells their story.

For further details contact Andy McKinnon on 07894064257 or

Books by Bob Massey

Bob Massey has written 8 books on the history of Arnold and the villages, all in the Snippets from History Series. These are detailed on his website,

All the books are available from Five Leaves bookshop Long Row Nottingham, The Bookcase Lowdham, Floralands Mapperley, MSR News Arnold and by post. For further details mail:

Books by John Ward

The late John Ward published a second book 'Beetroot for Breakfast' The story of the Land Girls of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Priced at £12 50p. John's first book 'The Flower of Arnold' is still available. Please contact the Secretary of ALHG for information.

Books on the History of Arnold

History of Family of Need of Arnold, Nottinghamshire Michael Walker (Author)

Hortus Arnoldiensis; or, Catalogues of Plants in the Garden of S. Statham, Esq., Arnold, Nottinghamshire S. Statham (Author)

Nottinghamshire Parish Records: Arnold 1546-1812, Mansfield Woodhouse 1657-1837, Mansfield 1813-1837, Sutton-in-Ashfield 1813-1837 v. 13: Marriage Registers (Phillimore's Parish Register) [Audiobook] [Audio CD

Arnold and Bestwood (Pocket Images) [Paperback] M.W. Spick (Author)

Arnold and Bestwood: A Second Selection in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs) [Paperback] M.W. Spick (Author)

Arnold on Old Picture Postcards (Yesterday's Nottinghamshire) [Paperback] Kenneth M. Negus (Author)

Kings of the Recs! An Evolving History of Football in Arnold, Nottingham. Rovers' and Marys' Battle for Supremacy 1946-1958 [Paperback] Roger Rann (Author)

When Marys Were Kings!: Volume 2 in the Kings of the Recs! Series: Lady Chatterley, The Beatles, Arnold St Marys FC...and much, much more [Paperback]

Nottinghamshire: Mansfield, MansfieldTown, Rufford Abbey, Newark-On-Trent, KimberleyTown, Keyworth, Sherwood Forest, Arnold, Field Mi [Paperback] Bücher Gruppe (Author)

Nottingham (Arnold & Daybrook) 1899 1899 [Facsimile, Folded Map] [Map] Barrie Trinder (Introduction)

St Mary's Church ArnoldNottingham [Paperback] Kenneth M Negus (Author), John Rosillo (Illustrator)

The Jews of Arnold, Nottingham: Family tree, 1790-1986 [Unknown Binding] J. T Jew (Author)

Sewerage, Drainage and Water Supply of the Parish of Arnold in the County of Nottingham: Report [Facsimile] [Hardcover] William Lee (Author)

The Illustrated History of Nottingham's Suburbs [Hardcover] Geoffrey Oldfield (Author)

Arnold with Daybrook and Redhill (on old postcards) by Ken Negus [booklet]

Ward Davison & Hawksley, Worsted Spinners 1787-1810 by Stanley Chapman

Don't Be Late On Monday [paperback] by Mark Ashfield

'A History of Arnold' by Rupert King and James Russell (1913)

Tintacks by Peter Turner

Arnold Urban District Council 1894-1974 a Brief history By Ken Negus

From Village to Town Arnold 1800-1900 By Chris Weir

Arnold in Old Postcards Vol1 and Vol2 By Ken Negus

Do you remember Cock Oliver By Robert Mellors 

A school is born By J H Higginson

The Market Towns of Nottinghamshire in Early 19th century

The Heron magazine of Robert Mellors old Boys

Nottingham and its villages 1750-1850 Vol3 editited by Alan Roger

Stapo – Memories of an Arnold Naval Rating

Rosa Lamport Fred Staples In them Days

Fred Staples Rosa Lamport Days Long Gone – a childhood in Daybrook

Mary Rubery Glimpses of Arnold Stumbles

100yrs at Brookfield George Taylor

Richard Parkes Bonington Robert Mellors

Bonington Carlos Peacock

Arnold W M Spick

St Marys Church Arnold, Arthur Clarke

Daybrook Baptist Church, Dr P C Blaxhall

Arnold and its church through 600yrs, Leigh Wood

Ernehale, W Spick

The Arnold Red Book 1912

St Pauls Church Daybrook Nottinghamshire, Christopher Marsden

Arnold, Nottinghamshire, the Official Guide 1964-1973

'Watchers of a Beacon' 1822-1972.

A brief outline of the history of Front Street Baptist Church, Wilfred Fell

St Mary's Church, Arnold, Nottinghamshire monumental inscriptions

V. Ingall & P. Spencer Memorials of the Great War

Nottinghamshire cemeteries Arnold (Redhill) comp. & ed. by P. Foster

Miners of Arnold-Daybrook-Redhill a compilation of fatal and serious colliery accidents to men and boys in these districts researched & transcribed by A. Beales

The Arnold and Daybrook War Memorial A. Ball & C. Housley

A home in the Midlands the future of Home Brewery, Daybrook

Gedling Borough Council , TGWU & AEEU My early years (Daybrook), 1925-1946 a biography Kennard Nellie

A Daybrook lad Charles Edward Clarke, 1894-1985 Clarke Charles Edward

An Iron Age and Romano-British Site at RamsdalePark, Arnold, Nottinghamshire . Turner, J & Swarbrick, C

The Changing face of Arnold, Janet A Bond.

History Of the Family of Need of Arnold, Nottinghamshire, Michael L. Walker

Pretty Polly (Hosiery) Lambert M. Surhone; Mariam T. Tennoe; Susan F. Henssonow


Caitlin Martin

14.10.2022 20:47

Hello I am interested in the book: History Of the Family of Need of Arnold, Nottinghamshire, Michael L. Walker
Do you know how I can get a hold of a copy of it?

Lynne (Secretary)

18.10.2022 11:39

Hello Caitlin, we are not aware of any copies being available. It appears to have been a research paper from 1963. Sorry, we are unable to help.


22.12.2021 20:14

Hello Sally sorry for delay suggest Yesterdays Nottinghamshire Arnold on old picture postcards by Ken Negus series 14 and 19 Also Arnold and Bestwood in old photographs by M W Spick

Sally Simpson

16.11.2021 19:32

Good evening. I am looking for a book with pictures of old Arnold for my step mother who has dementia to try and get her to remember. Can you recommend anything


30.11.2020 06:34

Im interested in these books if you have them for sale?
Rosa Lamport Fred Staples In them Days

Fred Staples Rosa Lamport Days Long Gone – a childhood in Daybrook


01.04.2020 15:56

Has anyone got a copy of Watchers of a Beacon 1822 -1972?
Think it was written by Wilfred Fell former member of Front Street Baptist then Beacon Baptist

bob massey

03.04.2020 13:37

if I remember rightly there is a copy in the cabinets in Arnold library local studies section

Latest comments

06.11 | 11:30

I was born and brought up on Saville Road. Our house plot was believed to have been on the site of Arnot Hill House stables and kennels as my Dad was always digging up bones in the back garden.

Sandra, we contacted Bonington House about the trophy you refer to but unfortunately have been unable to locate it, if you could provide more information, we may be able to look into it further. Lynne

03.11 | 15:32

28.10 | 19:31

Hi Sandra, we will look into this for you and post a reply on this site as soon as we have any information. Lynne

Hello Tim
A picture is now on gallery page requested pictures. The exhibition in Arnold library is about Front Street

25.10 | 13:16