Another Blue Plaque Unveiled in Bramcote Today

FCS1A blue plaque was unveiled this afternoon to Frederic Chatfield Smith MP on Moss Drive. Frederic Chatfield Smith lived at Bramcote Hall and owned Smith’s Bank on South Parade, Nottingham (Now a branch of Natwest). The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Margaret Handley, and members of the Smith family attended. Val Bird of Bramcote History Group spoke about “Banker Smith” and the Hall.

After the unveiling, everybody retired to the White Lion for refreshments and to view Richard Upton’s model of Bramcote Hall which was demolished in 1969.

Colin Slater MBE, well known local journalist and football commentator then spoke about Frederic Chatfield Smith’s link with Notts County Football Club. At the first meeting of the club for which records exist Frederic Chatfield Smith was invited to become president of the club and held this position for several years. Not only was he president but he also played for the club even though he was over 40. Being president and playing for the club is unique in Football League history. He played in the first local derby’s against Nottingham Forest, the first being a goalless draw and the second being won 1-0 by Notts County. Frederic Chatfield Smith captained the team for the second match.

Not only was Frederic Chatfield Smith a very important personality in the history of Notts County Football Club, he was also a substantial local benefactor and gave the money to build Christ Church, Chilwell. A plaque commemorating this can be found in the church.

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5 Responses to Another Blue Plaque Unveiled in Bramcote Today

  1. Jane Bennett says:

    We so very much enjoyed our visit to Bramcote for the unveiling of the Blue Plaque to commemorate my great grandfather, Frederic Chatfield Smith. Grateful thanks to all concerned.
    Jane Bennett

    • jim thorpe says:

      Good afternoon Mrs Bennett,

      I hope this little message finds you well. I am at this moment, sitting in the grounds of your great grandfathers home at Bramcote, I have lived a few hundred yards away from here since I was born in 1968, and I have fond and vivid memories of this place, where I played as a young child exploring, and then as a cub scout, where a part of our duties was to maintain parts of the gardens on the south terraces. I vividly remember the coach house on the right, as you approached the main house from Moss drive, with its enclosed cobbled courtyard with stables and standings for carriages, and the tall clock tower in the far corner. Sadly there is almost nothing left at all up here now, only the 3 flights of steps that led to the terrace’s, and a few meters of ballustrade still standing, covered with ivy.

      I am now, even more so, fascinated by the history of this place, and the family that lived here, I now visit regularly with my daughters, and we try to find the exact places where old photographs were taken from, and look in disbelief at what has been allowed to happen up here.

      I would be fascinated to hear about any stories or photographs you may have to share, and I would gladly share the memories and things I know about this place that very few people seem to know about.

      Kindest regards,

      Jim Thorpe.

  2. Roy Thomas says:

    I went to Bramcote Hall from 1962 to 1965 and then moved to the the new Bramcote School in Gamston, near Retford. The demolition of Bramcote Hall was a huge loss. The house and it’s extensive grounds were a wonderful place to be educated

  3. Roy Thomas says:

    I have visited Bramcote Hall today, 48 years after leaving Bramcote Hall at the end of the summer term, july 1965. The blue plaque on the right hand pillar is dwarfed by the two signs, one on each pillar saying The Lawns, private drive. A great shame. There is so little left of a truely wonderful victorian house, the balustraded lawns around two sides of the house now just the occasional bit stonework visible. I had hoped to see the remains of the coach dip used by us as a swimming pool. I dont suppose many even survive in the country, so a part of social history demolished. A huge loss

    • jim thorpe says:

      Hello Mr Thomas,

      I remember the coach house well, but can’t remember the “coach dip” you mentioned, where was it located?

      Regards,

      Jim.

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