As is tradition we visited Nottingham’s Light Night event last Friday and as is also tradition, there just isn’t time to see everything so I planned a route around the city that would work for the time we had available. The only thing we didn’t manage to visit was the Museum of the Moon at the Concert Hall – kudos to everyone who was prepared to stand in the exceptionally long lines to get in, we decided in the end that we were prepared to skip it for other things.
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On Sunday I decided to go and photograph as many of the Hoodwinked: A Twist in the Tale art trail figures as I could; there are 33 in total and I managed around 25 or so before deciding that at 28C it was getting a bit too hot for me to comfortably continue walking around the city centre so I’ll pick up the ones I’m missing in the next few weeks. The trail of colourful robins is here until September when they will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Nottinghamshire Hospice – they are also raising funds through the official app, and apparently a souvenir guide which I haven’t seen yet but intend to purchase when I’m next near the Tourist Centre. Each design is really well done and represents a certain aspect of Nottingham that will be fun for locals and hopefully entertaining for visitors. The idea is that Robin has donned all these different disguises in order to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham (below, painted in a homage to Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham).
Last Sunday I went on the inaugural Watson Fothergill Walking Tour organised by Lucy Brouwer (@notrock on Twitter). Regular readers will know how much I love Fothergill’s architecture and this was a good opportunity to learn a bit more and also meet other Fothergill enthusiasts. The tour was great, with a good balance of information about the individual buildings and Fothergill himself. I’ve spent a fair bit of time photographing his buildings but not doing any real further research into their original uses so it was good to get an overview of that in the context of Victorian Nottingham. We started off at the site of what was the Black Boy Hotel (now Primark) before moving on to the old Jessops shop and workrooms (always difficult to photograph!).
Bagthorpe Gardens are a community gardens I visited as part of the Heritage Open Day last year. They’ve been cultivated since the 1840s and have Grade II* listing with original hedging and restored bothies (a basic shelter).
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.