The Antiques Roadshow rolled into Newstead Abbey, the home of romantic poet Lord Byron — but it was Eastwood-born author DH Lawrence who was in the spotlight.
For when the second instalment of footage from the abbey filming aired on BBC1 last weekend, it was a book that was presented to Lawrence when he was a youngster that fuelled intrigue.
Lawrence was presented with the book as a prize for coming top in a literary contest.
He collected it in 1900 — at the age of 14 — during the Easter term at Nottingham High School.
Lawrence didn’t sign the book but it is referenced in the school’s annals.
It was taken to the long-running roadshow — presented by Fiona Bruce — by the High School’s history teacher Dr Clark Colman. It was a rare excursion for the item.
Expert Rupert Powell dubbed it a ‘prize finding’.
He told the audience: ““It is a unique item, there’s not another one like it and spiritually it’s in the right home at Nottingham High School, and that’s a great place to remain.
“But from a commercial point of view if ever something like this came on to the market I can easily see a collector paying high hundreds or maybe a thousand pounds to have it in their collection.
“It is a unique and wonderful item.”
It is a long-standing traditional at the High School that the literary prize winner chooses a book as a reward and it is bound for them.
Lawrence selected Fights for the Flag by WH Fitchett, which details British military history.