The Inkpot


By Pauline Marples

The Inkpot, Rainworth

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'The Inkpot' page

Rapheal Tuck & Sons Ltd

This page was added on 01/02/2010.
Comments about this page

The large white building -PALACE- I am sure this is where I went on saturday mornings for the 'kids show' films and cartoons (late fifties early sixties)- good times !

By anthony holmes
On 01/07/2011

Picture taken looking down at the Robin Hood public house in Rainworth, on the left is the gatehoue to the water works and the large white building is the old Palace Picture House

By michael wilson
On 17/02/2012

I think the picture house was called the Regent in the 50's when I used to go there as a boy on Saturday mornings.

By John Walker
On 30/04/2012

I think you are right John. My mum used to work there as an usherette in the late 50s and I am certain it was called the Regent.I was a regular on a Saturday morning. After it closed down she then went to work at the Granada cinema in Mansfield.

By Pete Higgins
On 02/05/2012

Does anyone know when the Ink pot was demolished ?

By Steve
On 02/08/2012

It's likely to be around 1952-53. It seems the stone from the Inkpot 'Tollhouse' was transported and used in the refurbishment/adaption of Epperstone Manor when the county constabulary bought it in 1953. As for the location, it's a little further down into Rainworth, the site is car wash yard now, it was previously a petrol Station and then a used car pitch. The Scots Pine in the old picture is still there today.

By Berisford Jones
On 12/08/2012

The area just East of here was known to us as The White City.  Does anyone know why?   Its name may come from the "model village" of avenues, built for miners of Rufford Colliery.  I seem to remember that the houses there had white pebble dash walls.  Books on Industrial Archaeology in Notts consider the model village to be significant.  It greatly resembles the Avenues in Forest Town, also built by the colliery owners as improved housing for the miners.

By Alan Mellors
On 17/10/2014

I think you are almost right Alan. I once read an article about Rainworth and if I remember correctly the Mayor of Mansfield ordered the bottom of the houses to be whitewashed so that any dignitaries visiting Mansfield via Rainworth would not be offended by the bare brickwork. Hence the name White City. I've lived in Rainworth for 60 years and it has always been known as the White City.

By Pete Higgins
On 18/10/2014

I went to school in Mansfield 1959-1969 and can clearly recall the Inkpot circa 1960. this would fit in well with refurbishments to the Waterworks in 1958. The Toll house would have been taken down shortly after the alterations.

By john durkin
On 13/11/2017