Category Archives: Nottingham History

Nottingham’s Last Antiquarian and Second-hand Bookshop

by Joseph Earp The Mansfield Road has always been the main road out of Nottingham, it is still true today. This in mind, the section of road now within the City has become a very busy shopping thoroughfare. The Mansfield … Continue reading

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Carmelite Friars or Whitefriars of Nottingham

by Joseph Earp  Carmelite tradition traces the origin of the order to a community of hermits on Mount Carmel, which succeeded the schools of the prophets in ancient Israel or the Crusader states. There are no certain records of hermits … Continue reading

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Franciscans or Greyfriars of Nottingham

by Joseph Earp  In the year 1224 the Franciscans, – the last monastic order to come to this Country from France, – arrived in England. The Franciscans are among the few orders who, alongside their conventional brethren, have monks known … Continue reading

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The Nottingham Canal

by Joseph Earp The Earliest canals in England were the Foss Dyke, The Cuer, or Carr’s Dyke, both of them at the northern boundaries of Nottinghamshire. Constructed by the Romans and improved in the twelfth century, the Foss Dyke was … Continue reading

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Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Tig Guocobauc

by Joe Earp The reign of King Alfred the Great (871- 99) is among the most stirring periods of English history. It saw the Kingdom of Wessex taken from the brink of Viking conquest to the threshold of an undertaking … Continue reading

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The Rowland Emett Water Clock

by Joe Earp The Emett Clock also known as The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulater was designed and created by Rowland Emett. The Clock arrived at the Victoria Centre in 1973. Since it’s installation the Clock has become a much loved local … Continue reading

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Wife Selling in Nottingham

by Joe Earp The auction of a wife in the public market by her husband to us today appears to be a degrading and obscure act, to say the least. Thomas Hardy’s famous account of a wife being sold to … Continue reading

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The Story of Mortimer’s Hole

by Frank E Earp Nottingham and its County like most big Cities abounds with famous ghosts, that is, the ghosts of the famous and the infamous and those ghosts famous for their persistent hauntings. Perhaps the most famous, in all … Continue reading

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Old Nottingham Schools

by Bill Carson  Extract Taken from White’s Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853:  The Free Grammar School This is in Stoney Street, and is now a handsome building, having lately been enlarged and ornamented with a beautiful sone front, in the Gothic order, … Continue reading

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Nottinghamshire’s Part in Richard III’s Story

by Frank E Earp Unless you have been living on another planet for the last three years, then you could not have failed to have noticed the World wide media attention given to what began in September 2012 as a … Continue reading

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