Member of Eastwood Writers Group and New Writers UK. Currently working on a new novel: 'The Laird of Castle Ballantine' follow up novel to Sins of the Father. Once again set in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, around an ancient castle built on the banks of the magnificent River Tweed.

 Published tour guide for '' by David Page.

Eastwood Nottingham England: 

Crouched atop of a windy hill straddling the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire border, Eastwood is a vibrant ex-mining town northwest of Nottingham. It is a small but sturdy town with a good selection of retail outlets. There are no pretensions about Eastwood, what you see is what you get. Having said this, Eastwood has gained fame through its most famous son, the author David Herbert Lawrence.

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 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. In effect, long after his death on foreign soil in 1930 his spirit has finally come home. His mother, father and brother are buried in Eastwood Cemetery.

A wide Blue Marker Trail on the pavement guides foreign visitors along the 'Lawrence Trail" which goes to the Lawrence Museum on Victoria Street and other places he lived in and visited including Durban House. The trail is the first of its kind in England and is said to be a likeness to the Red Freedom Trail of Boston America. townsfolk may be stopped, handed cameras and asked to take photographs of groups of smiling tourists at the many local places of interest, often unchanged, from Lawrence's novels. (A small price to pay for the extra revenue this talented author has brought to the region.)

Although the coal mines have now gone some of the long established collier families remain, as do several streets of the old back-to-back terraced houses. Even today some locals can be heard to speak the old dialect. For instance Eastwood may be pronounced as Astewood. 

The main road to Nottingham runs right through the town centre and although the population has expanded towards the twenty thousand mark with the addition of modern housing estates, the town has long since lost the 'status rails' which in the early 1900's carried elegant tramcars along the route from Nottingham to Ripley.

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 the World Wars. This is attended annually by local veterans and youth organisations.

The Church of St. Mary on Church Street Eastwood, built in 1838 was badly damaged by fire in the early 1960's and only the tower now remains attached to a modern addition.

 All in all, Eastwood is a pleasant urban town to visit or to reside in, with all the amenities of modern living to hand for young and old alive, and especially as a gateway to the countryside delights of the Peak District. 

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