Category Archives: Nottinghamshire People, Legends and Characters

Arthur Mee

by Frank E Earp Biography: Arthur Henry Mee was born in Stapleford Nottinghamshire on 21st July 1875. He was the second child and eldest son, of the ten children born to Henry and Mary Mee (nee Fletcher). Henry Mee was … Continue reading

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Albert Ball

by Frank E Earp  Next year, the 7th May will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Albert Ball, or to give him his correct title and due honour Captain Albert Ball, VC. DSO & Two bars, of the … Continue reading

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William “Bendigo” Thompson

by Joe Earp William “Bendigo” Thompson was born in 1811 in New Yard now Trinity Walk, off Parliament Street. The area Bendigo was bought up in were no more than slums compared to modern social housing. Naturally, the slums were … Continue reading

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“Whistling Charley”……A Street Musician

by Frank E Earp In 1790 John Thorsby republished ‘The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire’ a work by fellow antiquarian Robert Thoroton, first published in 1677. Already an extensive, Thorsby not only expanded the work into several volumes but updated it and … Continue reading

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Nottingham’s Literary Sons

 by James Walker Nottingham has always been very good at standing up to authority and making a noise when things aren’t right. But we’re not so good at standing up for ourselves. That’s all about to change as a bid … Continue reading

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The Tragic Case of Little Isaac Beardsley

by Joe Earp On 9 November 1765, the tragic and sad death of 12 year old Isaac Beardsley occurred. Little Isaac was son to Thomas and Elizabeth Beardsley who were innkeepers of the Half Moon, which was located on Carter … Continue reading

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Old Tom Booth

by Bill Carson  The below extract is from Cornelius Brown’s- Notes About Notts, 1874: One of the curious characters who had lived in Nottingham was known as old Tom Booth, a notorious deer stealer, who died on the 26th March, … Continue reading

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William Saville: Murder in a Colwick Spinney

by Frank E Earp The name of Nottingham man William Saville is writ large in the annals of criminology and social history. It holds against it the direct responsibility for the deaths of at least 21 individuals and the serious … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Kitty Hudson

by Frank E Earp  The strangest case in the long history of Nottingham’s General Hospital is perhaps that of Katherine (Kitty) Hudson. Kitty was the 9th patient to be admitted to the newly opened Hospital on the 4th August 1783. … Continue reading

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Shelford Tommy

by Joe Earp  Nottingham has always boasted it’s fair share of local characters, legends and eccentrics. People like Benjamin Mayo and more recently Frank Robinson who was affectionately known as Xylophone Man, will go down in Nottingham history as some … Continue reading

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