Inside the park, and adjacent to the stone boundary wall on Nottingham Road, there is a small brick building which I believe is still used as the gardeners store.
This was originally part of my Great, great grandparents house and probably a washroom or scullery.
The attached unrestored photo shows the house including the washroom, as it was around summer 1869, before being demolished to make way for the widening of Nottingham Road. The buildings in the background are still standing and they have a date stone also showing 1869.
Samuel was loaned this land by the 4th Duke of Portland at a time I am still trying to determine, and he farmed it as a market gardener until his death in November 1869. Samuels father (Joseph Cox) was the yeoman to the Duke, and himself lived at Grasscroft cottage Mansfield Woodhouse. I have subsequently discovered through this website and the generosity of the members, that Cox’s lane was named after Joseph.
The other photo’s show my relatives, Samuel & Esther Ann Cox sitting in the garden. These have been restored as best as I can, as the originals were quite poor.
I have also added a more recent photograph of the washroom taken from a similar angle
I am hopeful that one day I will catch the park gardeners on site, and ask if I may stick my nostalgic nose in the building!