The Willow Works History
The Willow Works Renovation - Phase I
Willow Works Open Day
The Willow Works Gallery - Phase I
Owls in the Willow Works
First Willow Planting
Statement Oct 2010
The Willow Works Renovation - Phase 2
Willow Works Gallery Phase 2
The Willow Works Community Field
The Willow Works on Old Trent Road is the only surviving building of what was once one of the main cottage industries of Beckingham. Many villagers were employed both at the Willow Works and from home to help in the willow industry to create items such as baskets, fencing etc. An earlier building once stood alongside the River Trent by Dog Island and much of the land round about was dedicated to willow growing.
The Old Willow Works has created great interest for its potential to the village of Beckingham. Through grants received from various bodies it has been possible to save the building from total collapse and help to create a multi-functional amenity. The Willow Works has been re-roofed and re-pointed, with new windows and doors and vents in the roof in-keeping with the original style. In addition bat boxes and owl nests have been installed in the loft area to encourage wildlife.
The next stage of the Willow Works has created interior display areas for use by the community, stand-alone units available to rent, a designated area for the village History Group to operate from and a link to other activities within the area such as the Beckingham Marshes project and the Trent Vale initiative. Outside the area has been landscaped to include more willow planting, car park and a picnic area.
The following pages follow the Willow Works through from its rich history through the renovation work carried out and to the present day where it is open for business and taking bookings.
Various rooms at The Willow Works are available to hire. These include the Function/Conference room, two exhibition rooms and the outside area. Prices vary depending on room usage. Please click here for more details of the facilities. As The Willow Works is a community venue, special rates may apply for local residents, please contact Lindsey-Jane Buxton on 01426 570977 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For directions to the Willow Works using satellite navigation the postcode is DN10 4PY. The OS grid reference is SK795900. Or click here for link to Google Maps. On reaching Beckingham the Willow Works is best reached from the roundabout where the A631 and A620 meet south of Beckingham. Leave this by the road into the village. After less than 200 metres, take the first right into Station Road. This road takes you over a level crossing after which it becomes Old Trent Road and is a single track with passing places. The Willow Works is on the left about 1 km beyond the level crossing. With its long, windowless south-facing wall it is unmissable.