Nottingham Famous Graves- Robert Millhouse

by Joe Earp


From Robert Mellors, Old Nottingham suburbs: then and now, (1914):

ROBERT  MILLHOUSE, author, lived in West  Street, and a tablet on No. 32, Walker Street, states that he died there April 13th, 1889. He was the second of ten children, was sent to work at six, and placed in a stocking frame at ten. His education was gained at the Sunday School. “The spirit of poetry,” says Wylie, “was first awakened within him at the age of sixteen years, by the inscription on a tablet under a bust of Shakespeare:—

“The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The
solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all
which it inherits, shall dissolve; And like the
baseless fabric of a vision Leave not a rack

At twenty-two he joined the Militia, but the regiment was disbanded in 1814, and he returned to his stocking frame. During the greater part of his life he suffered from a lack of education, poverty, ill-health, added to which was a large family, yet he struggled bravely on, and, from 1820 to 1839, when he died. He published several books of poems. “Blossom,” “Song of the Patriot,” “Sherwood Forest” has some beautiful thoughts, “Destinies of Man, etc.” These are in the Libraries. “Sherwood Forest and other Poems” was issued in 1827. In his first volume he said—

“Trent winding on shall hear again thy voice,
And nodding Sherwood listen and rejoice.”

and in his second he says—

“And now, from scenes remote I haste away To
where wild Thorney skirts my native plains, And,
pleased, from rugged Mapperley survey Haunts
ever dear in joys and wasting pains.”

He was a true lover of nature—

“From my early boyhood until now
Thy forest, Sherwood, held alone the spring
Whence gushed my inspiration.”

His tomb may be seen in the General Cemetery, adjoining to Talbot Street wall.


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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