Maps of Nottingham: Badder and Peat Map of 1745

by Joe Earp

This is a really interesting map of Nottingham. It is the Badder and Peat Map of 1745 which shows Nottingham as a garden town. Lots of orchards and gardens, and the town stops at what is now Parliament Street in the north, and the River Leen in the south. There is an incredible amount of detail in the map.

Little changed before the Enclosure Act of 1845, which relieved the pressure by permitting building on the common fields surrounding the old town. It can be noted that there is no road outlet from the town to the south, except for the London Road bridge over the River Leen.

Other streets show much more importance than today, for example North Street, (now Foreman Street), which was the main outlet to the Mansfield Road, compared with Boot Lane (now Milton Street).

The map doesn’t even show the modern busy roads of Albert Street, Carrington Street, King Street and Market Street.

Discarded names include:

Cow lane (Clumber Street),

Gridlesmith Gate (Pelham Street),

Bearward lane, (Mount Street)

Back Side (Parliament Street)

Timber Hill (South Parade)

Bar Gate (Chapel Bar)

Fink Hill Street (Maid Marian Way)

The map has all street names, and individual buildings and gardens, but some places are shown numbered on the map itself. A key to the various numbered places/features is shown below. This key is not shown on the map itself.

1 – Shoe booths

2 – Hen Cross

3 – Queen Street

4 – Peck Lane

5 – White Friars

6 – St. Peter’s Church

7 – Reservoir

8 – Collin’s Hospital

9 – Mrs Newdigate’s House

10 – Mrs Bennet’s house

11 – The home of the Hon. Rothwell Willoughby

12 – Johnson’s Court

13 – Byard lane

14 – Weekday Cross

15 – Charity School

16 – St. Mary’s Church

17 – The Long Stairs

18 – Castle

19 – Bog Hole

20 – St. Nicholas’s Church

21 – The Water Engine

22 – The Lead Works formerly Grey Friars

23 – Marsden’s Court

24 – Pennyfoot Row

25 – The summerhouse of Longford Collins


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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