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Stencilling Nottingham onto a tennis court

Fabulous piece of imagery at the Nottingham Open - stencilling the name of the city onto the Centre Court

Nottingham Castle Poster

Very atmospheric poster of Nottingham Castle which has caught my fancy

Nottinghamshire Robin Hood BR by Frank Newbould 1953

Nottinghamshire Robin Hood BR by Frank Newbould. British Railways travel poster dated 1953 (that's near enough!)

Poster BR Nottingham - Travel There In Rail Comfort by Kerry Lee

Wasn't I lucky that my parents decided to allow me to start my life in the lovely and historical city of Nottingham beautifully represented here in a poster by Kerry Lee known as a pictorial map artist. (Provenance : Poster BR 'Nottingham - Travel There In Rail Comfort' by Kerry Lee D/R size. A collage of famous buildings and local amenities/activities. Published by British Railways London Midland Region and printed by Waterlow & Sons.)

1st December 2018 - Royal Visit

Royal visit to Nottingham by Prince Harry and Megan Markle

From the Daily Mail on Thursday, 30th November, 2017 a slightly tongue-in-cheek welcome to the newly engaged pair due to visit Nottingham.

Harry and Megan in Nottingham

Harry & Megan meet the people of Nottingham - image courtesy & © of Getty via Cosmopolitan

Prince Harry & his fiancée Megan Markle 'wowed' Nottingham when they made their first public appearance as an engaged couple to the City - they have also taken over Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate vacated by elder brother Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Nottingham Cottage

Image courtesy & © of the Press Association

Précis of the history of Nottingham Cottage courtesy of the NP - It's a small home on the Kensington Palace estate in London, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved into on a temporary basis following their 2011 wedding. In 2013 they moved into an apartment in Kensington Palace itself as their permanent residence, and Prince Harry then moved into their temporary home. The first building on the site of what is now Kensington Palace was built in 1605, for a lesser member of the gentry called Sir George Coppin. The village of Kensington, which was then well outside London, was chosen because it was supposed to be a particularly healthy location. Coppin, who was in the inner circle at the Court of James I, fell from favour around 1619, and this was when his house came into the hands of Finch family, notably Sir Heneage Finch - who was to become the first Earl of Nottingham. (A quick note on Earls: the title 'Earl of Nottingham' has been created seven times, and died out six times. So there have been seven first Earls of Nottingham over history, and Sir Heneage was just one of those). The original 1605 building was knocked down and rebuilt and then, after the Restoration in 1660, rebuilt again and expanded by Christopher Wren. Sir Heneage Finch actually became Earl of Nottingham in 1681 - and at that point that building became known as Nottingham House. Eight years later the house was bought by William and Mary - the country's only ever joint king and queen - as their country retreat. It was bought from Daniel Finch, the second Earl of Nottingham, for a handsome £20,000, and was eventually renamed Kensington Palace. However, the 'Nottingham' name lived on in Nottingham Cottage - which was also a Wren-designed building! *Additional information from historian Dr Judith Rowbotham.


This snippet taken from the Notts. Heritage Gateway site fully encapsulates my world, where I was born on Church Drive - to visit the Lido, see the Training Ground every time we caught a bus, to going to the cinema on Saturday mornings in the summer!

"Old maps show a cricket ground in what is now Mapperley Park, just off Mansfield Road near Tavistock Drive. In 1897 it was used by the Nottingham High School for Boys and then in the 1930s it became the Nottingham City Police Training Ground.

Carrington Lidos

The Carrington Lido in the late 1930s.

The children’s play area just off Loscoe Road used to be the site of Carrington Lido which opened in 1937, the site was originally where the horse-drawn tram stables was situated. The Lido cost £20,000 and was very popular during the summer but when the weather was inclement it did not attract enough custom and as with many other Lidos it was thought not viable and closed in 1988.

There was a cinema, The Curzon, on Mansfield Road which is now where the Peugeot Garage is situated. It opened in 1935 and was closed in 1958." Source : Notts. Heritage Gateway

The 20 Best Things that Nottingham has given the World

Reasons to be proud of the city

By David Whitfield, Digital Content Editor, 4th August 2018 | Updated 5th February 2019

Nottingham is rightly proud of the contributions it has made over the years. From arts and the sciences to sports and inventions, the city and county's people have changed the world in dozens of ways. We've had a look at the top 20. They might not be in the right order, and there may be some things we've left (out). But the entries below, all from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, have made their own mark in their own way. See if you agree.

20. The Flying Bedstead (1953)

The Flying Bedstead Rolls Royce

"The Flying Bedstead, otherwise known as the Rolls-Royce Thrust-Measuring Rig (TMR), was an experimental aircraft that was first flown on August 2, 1954 and used in the early development of VTOL (vertical takeoff-and-landing) aircraft." Image and dialogue sourced from daviddarling.info

There's a pretty odd statue of a Harrier in Hucknall, where Wood Lane meets the bypass, which is the only clue to one of the great things to come out of the town. The Flying Bedstead was developed at the Rolls-Royce factory and was the first plane to take off vertically - the prototype to the more widely-known Harrier Jump Jet.

19. The Video Cassette Recorder (1963)

Nowadays it's pretty easy to record your favourite TV shows, but the technology is less than 50 years old. The first VCR was invented by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company and was called the Telcan or 'television in a can', cost £60, and could record 20 minutes in black and white.

18. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (1189)

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Not necessarily the oldest pub in Britain (even in Nottingham, Ye Olde Salutation Inn would dispute that) but certainly one of the most famous, with thousands of foreigners and locals flocking to Brewhouse Yard for a drink every year. Richard the Lionheart is said to have stayed at the inn during one of his stops in England, and if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for our list.

17. HP Sauce (1895)

Stereotypical HP Sauce Advert

Fairly frequent 1950s stereotypically portrayed image of a waitress/housewife serving up HP Sauce - image sourced from historyworld.co.uk

The debate about red or brown sauce on a bacon sandwich might not exist if it weren't for shopkeeper Frederick Gibson Garton. He came up with the recipe for the famous sauce in his grocery shop in New Basford.

16. Salvation Army (1865)

Yes, the Sally Army was founded in the East End of London, but it was the brainchild of Sneinton man William Booth. As well as whipping out the instruments to play Christmas songs, the Salvation Army is also one of the biggest distributors of humanitarian aid in the world.

15. Tarmac (1901)

Not necessarily the most fascinating thing on the list, but perhaps the most widely-used. Notts county surveyor Edgar Hooley was passing a tarworks in 1901 when he noticed a barrel of tar had been spilled and, to reduce the mess, someone had dumped gravel on it. A year later he patented the process - and the first road to be tarmaced was in West Bridgford.

14. Lace (1760s)

An example of Nottingham Lace

'Nottingham Lace: The Fabric of Fairytales' - Image sourced from lesouk.co

Lace made by machine has played an important role in the industrial life of Notts since the 1760s when net was first made on the stocking frame. By the early 1900s, Nottingham was the lace capital of the world with one third of the entire population earning their living in the trade, two thirds of them women. The trade may be a shadow of its former self but lace is woven into the fabric of the city.

13. Traffic lights (1866)

History of the Traffic Light

"Traffic lights are a British invention. John Peake Knight, a railway engineer and inventor, is credited with designing the first set, which was installed on December 9, 1868, outside the Houses of Parliament, at the junction of Great George Street and Bridge Street in Parliament Square." Source : driving.co.uk - Image sourced from yourlifechoices.com

It's pretty hard to imagine a time without traffic lights, but after seeing thousands killed on the roads, in 1866 Nottingham High School pupil John Peake Knight set about trying to solve the problem. His system had a revolving gas-powered lantern with a red and a green light - with the first one placed near the House of Commons in London.

12. Player's Cigarettes (1832)

Players Medium Strength Cigarettes

(Iconic) image sourced from retrofair.com

Okay, in health terms this shouldn't be in here. But Player's began as a small shop in Beast Market Hill in 1860 and went on to become one of Nottingham's best-known brands. John Player was the first tobacconist to offer pre-packaged tobacco. Before this, smokers would have to buy it loose by weight.

11. Goose Fair (1284; at the Forest Rec since 1928)

Every October, the Forest Rec is taken over with rides and food stands for Goose Fair. With thousands flocking from across the country and further afield, it's easily one of the finest things Nottingham has to offer. The rest of the world, you're welcome.

10. Running water (1831)

Turning on the taps is a fairly everyday thing, but the technology has its origins in Nottingham. Arnold-born Thomas Hawksley was an engineer for the Nottingham Waterworks Company and developed the first high-pressure water supply at Trent Bridge.

9. Sir Paul Smith (born 1946)

It all could have been so different. Paul Smith left school at 14 with the aim of becoming a professional cyclist, but after a nasty accident, he then picked up a career in fashion. Years later, he is now one of the most famous names in fashion.

8. Torvill and Dean (1984, Bolero)

Twenty-four million people watched that moment when Torvill and Dean cemented their position in history with a flawless routine to Ravel's Bolero. Their perfect 6.0s puts them at number eight in our list.

7. Boots (1849)

When Nottingham-born Jesse Boot married Jersey businessman's daughter Florence Rowe, the pair found a common entrepreneurial spirit which saw a little shop in Goose Gate turn into a global company.

6. Football heritage (from 1862)

Far too many things to mention, but Nottingham has the oldest league club in the world in Notts County, who were also the first team to wear a uniform kit. Over the Trent, Nottingham Forest were the first team to wear shin pads and introduce goal nets and crossbars, and a whistle for the referee. Oh, and Forest chairman Sam Widdowson introduced the idea of defending, by playing a 5-5-0 formation rather than a 1-2-7 which most teams used.

5. Ibuprofen (1961)

Ibuprofen plaque

Image sourced from the Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter account.

A cure for all sorts of aches and pains, it's clear why Ibuprofen is seen as a wonder drug. And it was made right here in Nottingham by Dr Stewart Adams. He even admitted in 2007 that he tested his creation out on a hangover - and millions have found out it works since.

Personal note - my husband is certainly one in a million to me and as far as Ibuprofen is concerned - it should be called a 'silent killer' not wonder (or god forbid) miracle drug - why? We were instructed by the NHS (over the phone) to administer this stuff to him when I rang for assistance when he collapsed with some terrifying throat symptoms. I was unable to look down his throat, so the advice was to use this stuff which we had never had in the house! A few hours later his head had swelled to the size of a football and was finally admitted to hospital - the staff had never seen anything like it! These particular symptoms were eventually diagnosed as a severe reaction to the Ibuprofen and it wasn't until some time later that a proper diagnosis was made of the symptoms he had presented with, turns out it was that rare thing a 'quinsy' and it was not treatable by this killer drug!

4. Writers (various dates)

Lord Byron PoetD H LawrenceAlan Sillitoe

Compilation of Nottingham Authors

Discover an interesting link to JRR Tolkein here

Too many to list individually, but Nottingham has a rich writing history, from Byron, who penned some of the finest poems of his era, via D H Lawrence, with his work littered with references to his origins in Eastwood, and Alan Sillitoe, who captured the grit of the city in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

3. Raleigh (1888)

Raleigh 1888

Image from page 380 of "The Wheel and cycling trade review" (1888) - "Text Appearing Before Image: Its made from the best Credenda Steel Tubing, and Steel Drop Forgings, that cant be excelled, and the Machinery and Tools used are the finest in the world. A Bicycle of as high grade as is possible to build and yet sold for $1 1 5.00 with Pneumatic Tires". Image and dialogue sourced from Flickr

If there is one brand that is Nottingham to a T, it has to be Raleigh. Thousands were employed at the factories in Triumph Road, and thousands more have had the pleasure of riding round on a Chopper, Max or any of the other bikes it put out. The last bike with 'Made in Nottingham' on the frame rolled off the production line in 2002, but a design and distribution centre still exists in Eastwood.

2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

It was a University of Nottingham professor who revolutionised medicine. The first MRI machine was only big enough to fit a finger in, but they grew in size and popularity and are now widely used by doctors looking at brain tumours, Parkinson's and strokes. Sadly the inventor, Sir Peter Mansfield, died earlier this year.

1. Robin Hood (1160 - maybe)

We don't care if he might be a myth, we don't care if he wore dodgy tights, we don't even care if people want to say he came from Kent, or Yorkshire, or the upper reaches of the Limpopo. He's ours. Robin Hood is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Nottingham. The story of Robin, Maid Marian and his band of Merry Men is the most famous of all medieval tales, and has been the subject of numerous TV and film adaptations.

Sourced from : Nottingham Post (I have chosen not to use their selection of photographs and embellished the article with my own preferences)

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