This week, we examine some of the heritage of The Sandstone Ridge.
Our latest report from the' Beneath the Ridge' project concerns the Beresfords of Beeston: a family of early Victorian sand-merchants who mined the caves at Beeston for fine white sand.
Their story covers the advent of the canals, the restoration of Beeston Castle and the coming of the railways.
Alongside the names of the great local families such as the Mostyns and the Tollemaches and their huge Estates, it is interesting to get a glimpse of a neighbouring family of tenant farm labourers living in the shadow of Beeston Crag, diversifying their small businesses to take advantage of local resources and coping with change.
Our image shows Beeston in 1851 as depicted in the Illustrated London News.
Peter Winn, Trustee.