When exploring some of the buildings in Wollaton, Nottingham as part of September’s Open Heritage weekend we stopped off in the Admiral Rodney Pub for lunch (the food was delicious and I would absolutely recommend it).
St Leonard’s Church in Wollaton, Nottingham, has been around since the 1200s and it would have fallen under the care of the Mortein and then the Willoughby families, owners of the nearby Wollaton Hall.
Watson Fothergill is one of my favourite Nottingham architects and I’ve written about him several times before. He had to move his architectural offices to George Street in Nottingham due to the building of the then Nottingham Victoria railway station (now Victoria Centre shopping centre) and this Grade II listed building was built in 1895. In 2015 part of the frontage was damaged by a truck and finally in the last month or so it has been repaired, so I went along to take photos. It says something about how well loved the building is that while I was there several people came up to me to express how pleased they were with the quality of the repair work.
Nottingham’s first puppet festival took place from 22-25 March but the last day was the only one I was free to explore. Produced by the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall, Nottingham Trent University and City Arts there were workshops, theatre productions and talks and on the final day a parade through the Market Square accompanied by some very lively music. Solely judging by the large crowds I had to wade through it’s been a success and at least on Sunday the weather was bright and sunny. My first stop had been to the Theatre Royal where a couple of the horses from the War Horse production were entertaining the crowd.
The Adams Building is one of my favourite buildings in Nottingham, a Grade II listed Victorian lace warehouse dating from 1855 which was designed by Thomas Chambers Hine, one of Nottingham’s best architects. During Open Heritage weekend last year we were able to go on a free tour of the building led by an architect from the company who helps preserve the building, which proved to be a intriguing warren of rooms and spiral staircases.
My plan for Saturday was to head to Wollaton Hall to take photos of the deer in the snow, something I’ve not managed to do before. We had some snow overnight but the roads were clear so we headed out in the search of deer. At first we didn’t think we were going to see any but the grounds looked beautiful in the snow and there were lots of people, adults and children, enjoying a bit of sledging. Then, just as we had decided to head back home we came across this lovely herd.
Snow really hit Nottingham on Wednesday evening and was falling pretty much nonstop during Thursday. I decided that since the Council had done a good job in keeping the bus routes open I’d head into town and take some photos since opportunities to do so in the snow don’t come along very often. I headed first to the Council House in the Market Square, then up to Nottingham Castle and around the Park Estate. I also went out into our garden and measured the snow – we’re at 5 inches now and counting. As long as it’s safe to do so I’m planning to do a bit more photography over the weekend.
The Grade II listed lodge stands at the Mansfield Road entrance to the Forest Recreation Ground which used to be a racecourse with the first meeting there taking place around 1690. A race stand was erected in 1777 where the Keeper of the Forest lived until the purpose built Lodge was built for him in 1857, by Henry Moses Wood.
As in previous years we headed out for Nottingham Light Night this past Friday to take photographs of the various light installations. We concentrated this time on the Market Square, Nottingham Castle and around the Lace Market area. Last year the Nottingham Wheel was all lit up in the Market Square but this year was the turn of the 70 metre high Starflyer ride, which plenty of brave souls seemed to be enjoying!
The YMCA International Community Centre on Mansfield Road is housed in what was the Bluecoat Charity School. The school was founded in 1706 as the first charity school in Nottingham and classes were at first taught at St Mary’s Church and then in a building on High Pavement. They moved to the Mansfield Road Site, a building designed by Thomas Chambers Hine, in around 1853.