I’ve previously written about the Freemasons Grand Lodge on Goldsmith Street, Nottingham however I recently attended an organ recital inside and was able to take some photos of one of the halls and of the small museum as well.
Another post about Nottingham architecture. The first building is The Boat Inn.
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.
Continuing the theme of Nottingham architecture, this post explores some of the plaques in the city dedicated to people or significant events. As I’m discovering a lot lately, I’ve passed by many of these without noticing them before.
The Portland Collection is part of the Harley Gallery in Welbeck, a permanent exhibit of art and other items such as furniture and jewellery that the Dukes of Portland and their families have collected for centuries. It’s housed in a building that used to be where horses were trained by the Portlands.
Another installment about some of Nottingham’s more interesting buildings. The first is Ye Olde Salutation Inn. Dating from 1240 it, along with several others in Nottingham, claims to be the oldest pub in the city. The building was originally a tanner’s workshop, before that the site was another ale house with the catchy name of The Archangel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary. During the Civil War of 1642-1651 rooms were set aside to recruit for both sides in the conflict.
As I’m constantly taking photos around Nottingham I thought I’d do a round up of some of the street art I find on my travels. This post combines some old art work that has since been painted over as well as pieces you can still find around the city.
The Malt Cross in Nottingham city centre has been on my list of places to visit for a while and finally one day in early December (!) a friend and I went on one of their regular heritage tours. Built in 1877 it is one of only a few Victorian Music Halls still standing.
I’ve taken pictures of the Wheel of Nottingham before, at Nottingham Light Night, but it wasn’t until last Friday, just before the wheel left the city that I actually went on it. The wheel is 60 metres high with 40 enclosed gondolas and takes around 12 minutes to do three revolutions.
The Harley Gallery is part of the Harley Foundation, set up in 1977 by Ivy, Duchess of Portland to support the visual arts. It’s named after Edward Harley, husband to Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles and who as a collector of art and manuscripts helped found the British Library. The building itself was built on the ruins of the 5th Duke of Portland’s gasworks which provided light and heat at Welbeck.