On 27 November 1982 Elton John performed the inaugural concert at the Royal Concert Hall and to celebrate its 40th anniversary they opened up their doors today (12 November 2022) for a free open day which included backstage tours, music performances and an exhibition on the construction of the building and past performers. It proved very popular, more so than I think the venue was expecting. I got there at just after 10am and joined an already long queue and it took about 40 minutes or so to snake through the building to the start of the tour but it was very good natured, I got chatting to strangers as we waited and the staff were lovely and very organised.Continue reading
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A Grade II listed building, it dates from around 1450 and is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city. It used to be located near Middle Pavement, roughly near the old Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, but was moved closer to Nottingham Castle in 1970. Originally a merchant’s house it then became officers for a firm of architects, a wine business and then a lace museum; I’m not actually sure what use it has now.
No longer a branch of Barclays Bank, this building dates from 1902 and was designed by local architect Lawrence Bright.Continue reading
Dating from 1853 this building used to house the Royal Midland Institute for the Blind. This charity was founded in 1843 by Mary Chambers, a visually impaired Quaker. When the charity moved to the Clarendon Chambers site 40 boarders were taught crafts like basket making to sell in the charity’s shops and later were taught braille.Continue reading
Last week I went to visit Nottingham Castle for the first time not only since the pandemic began but also since they reopened after a £30 million refurbishment. Timed tickets are available online with an adult ticket priced at £13 though city residents like myself receive a 10% discount.Continue reading
The Town Mission Ragged School in Brook Street in Nottingham was built in 1858. Ragged schools were developed from an idea of John Pounds, a Portsmouth shoemaker, who believed that poor children should have basic schooling rather than being sent out to work. The Earl of Shaftesbury then formed the Ragged School Union in 1844.Continue reading
Mapperley Hall was built by Ichabod Wright, a banker, in 1792. The Wright’s were a prominent family in Nottingham and many of them have plaques erected in St Mary’s Church. It was their home until the end of the 19th century when it became part of University College Nottingham. As best as I can make out it has now been split into separate flats.
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.
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.