Nottingham Street Tales: Angel Row

by Paul Nix

Angel Row runs from the end of St James Street to the beginning of Mount Street. The name Angel Row comes from an Inn of that name that occupied the left half of the current Bell Inn.

Towards the end of the Plague (Bubonic) in Nottingham it was decided that a collection of buildings, between Long Row and Parliament Street, known as the condemned area, a set of narrow courts and alleyways, were the breeding ground for the disease, and they would have to be demolished.

Within this area was a very popular and busy inn called The Bell, whose landlord on hearing of not only the removal of his best customers but the demolition of his premises immediately contacted the Council and complained.

As recompense he was offered the building to the right of the Angel Inn and soon recovered his trade to a point were he had all but stolen all of the customers from the Angel Inn next door; whose landlord offered to sell out to him.

The present Bell Inn is still made up of two buildings and the current central doorway would have been the alley between the building giving access to the stables at the rear (now converted to a bar).

The pair of buildings have one roof, or should I say three, because over the years when it needed repair they put another one on top.

When the son of the Landlord of the Bell Inn married the Widow who was the Landlady of the Trent Bridge Inn he discovered a large field to the rear of the TBI, and being interested in a New game called Cricket he used the field for his team to practice on; this led to the establishment of The Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on that site.

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About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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2 Responses to Nottingham Street Tales: Angel Row

  1. Anne Ball says:

    I think you are all doing a great job & I often read articles posted on my Face Book page from “Nottingham”. I wonder if you have any info about a pub called “The Three Tuns” which was around The Lace Market area, this was in the 60s. It was on the right going up to Hockley as you walk from The Market Square. It was on a corner, I don’t think I’ve dreamed it but, have not found any reference to it anywhere!

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