Arthur Lawrence, father of D H Lawrence, was born at Brinsley on 8 June 1846. He began working at Brinsley Pit at age 7. In 1874, aged 28, he went to Clifton to help with the sinking of a new shaft. At this time he met Lydia Beardsall. They married at St Stephen's Church, Sneinton on 27 December 1875. Arthur died on 3 October 1924.