Sneinton Market Street Art, Nottingham

The artwork at Sneinton Market changes fairly frequently and here are some of my favourites which I photographed last month.

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The Church (Rock) Cemetery, Nottingham

I’ve been to the Rock Cemetery, next to the Forest Recreation Ground, a number of times to take photographs (as you’ll see it contains some lovely monuments) but the main reason for my visit on this occasion was to make a pilgrimage of sorts to the grave of Watson Fothergill, the Nottingham architect I’ve written about a number of times.

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Grange Barn, Coggeshall

Grange Barn is a National Trust property in Coggeshall which we visited on the same day as Paycocke’s House, as the Trust advises. It’s an odd attraction for the Trust but interesting in its own way, reputedly one of Europe’s largest and oldest timber-framed buildings, dating from 1230.

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Prudential Building, Nottingham

At the junction of Queen and King Streets in Nottingham stands what began as the Prudential Building, though lately it’s seen a succession of restaurants fail to stick around and is currently vacant. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse it’s a stunning building in beautiful red brick, one of 27 such buildings Waterhouse designed for the Prudential Assurance Company throughout the UK.

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London Plaques – Part 2

In this occasional series on London plaques, the first remembers John Peake Knight, an engineer from Nottingham who was a railway manager and inventor of the world’s first traffic lights.

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Heathcote Buildings, Nottingham

The Heathcote Buildings were erected in 1881 from a design by the Nottingham architects Walker and Howitt. Then, as now, it was built with shops in mind, though the top floor was a lace warehouse.

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Coggeshall’s Architectural History – Part One

On a recent trip away we based ourselves in Coggeshall as a convenient place to stay for a visit to Colchester Zoo (blog post to follow). To our surprise we found it to have many interesting buildings and places to visit in its own right (including two National Trust properties – Paycocke’s House and Garden and the Grange Barn) and what was quoted to me as being over 200 listed buildings.

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Nottingham Architecture – Part Six

The first building to begin this post about Nottingham’s architecture is Nottingham General Hospital. The hospital was founded by public subscription in 1782 and opened with 44 beds.

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London Sculptures – Part One

Another semi-regular series here, featuring sculptures I’ve admired on my walks around London.

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Hardwick Hall

I’ve been to Hardwick Hall before, to visit the gardens and take in one of the walks around the grounds, but on this occasion we went into the hall itself. Bess of Hardwick created the hall in the 1500s and it was renowned for being more glass than wall, making it at the time a very expensive proposition.

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