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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

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