As part of my ongoing project to explore Nottingham’s architecture the first photo shows what used to be the Nottingham Playhouse before it moved premises (to Wellington Circus – a lovely theatre, I’d recommend a visit). This building (now a pub) was opened in 1910 as a cinema which was called The Little Theatre by the 1940s and then became the Nottingham Playhouse in 1948. It moved to its new premises in 1963.
This impressive building was Lambert’s factory, which made hosiery and lace, and apparently employed a lot of children from the workhouses as cheap labour. It was built in 1864 and is probably most notable for its turret clock and other decorative details as shown below.
This striking building is the Guildhall or old City Courts building. The Guildhall was built in 1887 and housed the Magistrate’s Court, police and fire station. In 1996 all the magistrates were moved to a new building and the building was used by the City Council. It looks like there are plans for it to be converted into a hotel and conference centre.
This now sadly boarded up building is The Grove Pub. Originally called The Smuggler because it is so close to the canal it was renamed The Grove in the 1830s, no doubt to improve its reputation. In 1884 it was demolished and rebuilt on its current site in 1886.
The Cornerstone Church is one of Nottingham’s largest and moved to this site in 2012. It’s an independent Evangelical church that was originally founded in 1825 and seems to be very well attended.
You can find more photos of Nottingham here.