Trades & Characters

Edited and Compiled by Paul Nix

Did know that there was a blind coalmerchant who used to work the Donkey Hill area. He would put a sack of coal on his back. His wife would put another one on her back. He would put his hand on her shoulder and off they would go

We had a local shoemaker/mender in Chilwell who could repair almost anything and cheaply. Used to love the smell of leather when you entered the shop down some steps. Fascinated to watch them put the shoes on the metal shape, strip off the old sole and hammer on a new one. Even to this day the smell of leather takes me right back.

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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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