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The Willow Works

A modern facility with historical significance, perfect for family events or a wedding reception venue with a difference.

The Willow Works is the only surviving building of what was once one of the main cottage industries of the area. It has a century of local significance as a place where people learned the art of willow working.

Many villagers in the local area were employed in the willow industry to create items for sale such as baskets and fencing. Dating from the early 1900s, The Willow Works building as it stands today was one of two willow works in operation in the area at the height of willow production.

After the decline of local willow working industry, the building was left to deteriorate. Standing on the edge of one of the RSPB’s nature reserves, the Beckingham Marshes, two options were available: demolish the building or refurbish it.

Several years ago, the local community group secured funding to make sure it could be made safe, with a new roof, windows and vents. Still more had to be done. Finally, a partnership came together in 2010 which ensured further funding was secured that
allowed the building to be fully restored.


'Great bulding with fantasic facilities! We do highly
reccomend The Willow Works to anyone looking for
that wow factor for an event'
TNT Marekting Manager


 Unique in every way…

When approaching the facility, it strikes quite a memorable pose on the surroundings. In fact, the building was cleverly built with no windows on it’s south facing side so that the willow inside would not overheat and dry to quickly.

The Willow Works is built in a style unknown elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and there is no other similar building in the whole country. It is a unique feature of the village’s, county’s and, country’s agricultural and industrial heritage.ed and maintained the tradition of willow working. The building now offers offices, exhibition and training rooms. It is a modern facility, offering a unique setting for community events, meetings, educational programmes and private functions. The Beckingham Local History Group is also based there and has an extensive set of local artifacts on display.

 For more information or if you would like to book the the venue please contact maxine.webb@groundwork.org.uk 

visit local sites:-

www.beckingham-northnotts.org.uk/ww/willow.htm

www.beckingham-northnotts.org.uk/ww/wwhistory.htm

www.trentvale.co.uk/heritage/view/old-willow-works-beckingham




 

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