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House on Mapperley Road - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands The spire of St Andrew's Church dominates the landscape. St Andrews Church was built in 1871 in the 'spirit' of the Gothic Revival architectural movement. - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

There are some fine Victorian and early 20th century Edwardian houses in Mapperley Road just off Mansfield Road where the spire of St Andrew's Church dominates the landscape. St Andrews Church was built in 1871 in the 'spirit' of the Gothic Revival architectural movement.

 

Nottingham is a modern cosmopolitan city with a splendid town centre of shops in handsome buildings and open spaces to walk around - but watch out for the trams! and go for a ride on the big wheel too! There are enumerable places to eat including the Royal Thai Restaurant in Mansfield Road, just up from the city centre. Excellent food at a reasonable price.

 

The Park Tunnel was built in 1855 through the sandstone so that horse drawn carriages could go directly to the Park from Derby Road in Nottingham - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The Park Tunnel was built in 1855 through the sandstone so that horse drawn carriages could go directly to the Park from Derby Road in Nottingham. This 'Park' area was once a private hunting park for the Duke of Newcastle who also owned Nottingham Castle Mansion. The Fifth Duke of Newcastle retained the services of the architect Thomas Chambers Hine (1813-1899) to design and build the Park Tunnel as the main means of entry to the Park and to develop this area as a residential area in central Nottingham for the wealthier members of society! The Park Estate is home to some wonderful Victorian architecture. It has the largest gas street lighting system in Europe which makes it rather atmospheric at night and the skyline is dominated by Nottingham Castle and the estate once held the Castle deer park and fishponds!

Above Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub the Castle and Museum stand on the honeycombed with cave sandstone hill. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery was the first municipal art gallery in the country outside London, opening in 1878.. There is no traditional and romantic English medieval castle but the first Duke of Newcastle’s Ducal Palace, a fine building in its own right. In 1067 - William the Conqueror built the first Castle, a wooden structure built upon the vantage point of the Castle rock but in 1170 the Castle is rebuilt in stone by Henry II and the principal royal fortress in the Midlands. In 1194 Richard The Lionheart reclaims Nottingham Castle from his brother John after a long siege. In 1330 Roger Mortimer, lover of Queen Isabella, is captured by supporters of her son, Edward III who gained entry through a tunnel cut in the rock. In 1485 Richard III leaves Nottingham Castle for Bosworth where he is defeated and dies at the hands of the men of f Henry Tudor, becoming Henry VII. In 1622 King James I sells off Nottingham Castle to the Earl of Rutland and later in 1642 King Charles I raises his standard outside the castle walls to begin the Civil War, though for most of the war the site was held by the opposing parliamentary forces under commanded by Colonel Hutchinson. In 1651 Hutchinson is given permission to demolish Nottingham Castle but later in 1663, William Cavendish, the 1st Duke of Newcastle buys the site.  He starts building a great house high on Castle Rock but dies before it is completed, however his son completes the work on the building in 1678. The building was attacked in 1831 and looted by rioters because of the Duke of Newcastle’s opposition to parliamentary reform and the Ducal Palace is gutted by an arson attack.  As an insult to the people of Nottingham, the Duke leaves the ruined building unrepaired for 45 years. In 1875 Thomas Chambers Hine, a local architect, is appointed to rebuild the Castle into a building suitable for use as a museum and art gallery which was opened in 1878 by the Prince of Wales (who later becomes Edward VII) which was the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on and claims to be the oldest tavern/inn in England, dating from before AD 1189. Some of the bars and linking passages are hewn out of the sandstone rock - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on and claims to be the oldest tavern/inn in England, dating from before AD 1189. Some of the bars and linking passages are hewn out of the sandstone rock - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

 The pub known as the 'Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem' and 'well known throughout the world' claims to be the oldest tavern/inn in England, dating from before AD 1189. Some of the bars and linking passages are hewn out of the sandstone rock.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on and claims to be the oldest tavern/inn in England, dating from before AD 1189. Some of the bars and linking passages are hewn out of the sandstone rock - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

One of the bars and the carved out passages in the sandstone to move from bar to bar!

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on and claims to be the oldest tavern/inn in England, dating from before AD 1189. Some of the bars and linking passages are hewn out of the sandstone rock - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

 

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 - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The sandstone caves in the hill the castle stands on.  Around 600AD Nottingham was part of the Kingdom of Mercia where it was known as 'Tigguo Cobauc' meaning 'a place of cave dwellings'.

 

 - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The Castle pub on Castle Road. The Castle pub is in near what remains of medieval Nottingham - which is mainly the Nottingham Castle moat, Castle entrance, the Lace Centre, the sandstone caves and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub!

The Lace Centre is housed in a lovely medieval 14th Century building below the entrance to Nottingham Castle and lace demonstrations take place on certain days - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The Lace Centre is housed in a lovely medieval 14th Century building below the entrance to Nottingham Castle and lace demonstrations take place on certain days. All types of lace are available from modern Raschel and Furnishing Lace to the world famous Leavers Lace. The Leavers machine was invented in 1813 by a local framesmith John Leavers and produced an exquisite lace very similar to hand made pillow lace.

 

The entrance to Nottingham Castle - the gate house and moat - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The entrance to Nottingham Castle - the gate house and moat.

The entrance to Nottingham Castle - the gate house above the moat - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

 

 - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

The name Castlegate derives from the ancient medieval street pattern.

 

Castlegate - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

Castlegate.

 

Guess who is the statue of? Absolutely, 'Robin Hood' but did he ever exist? - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

Guess who is the statue of? Absolutely, 'Robin Hood' but did he ever exist?

Guess who is the statue of? Absolutely, 'Robin Hood' but did he ever exist? - City of Nottingham, England, English Midlands

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The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands

The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands

The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands

The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands

Nottingham is a modern cosmopolitan city with a splendid town centre of shops in handsome buildings and open spaces to walk around - but watch out for the trams! and go for a ride on the big wheel too! There are enumerable places to eat including the Royal Thai Restaurant in Mansfield Road, just up from the city centre. Excellent food at a reasonable price.

The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands
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The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands Utopia Chocolate is lovely 'naughty' place to have a coffee because the aroma of good coffee is supplemented by that of luxury hand-made chocolates, one of which comes along with the coffee. The cafe is just up the road from the city centre in Friar Lane and boy would friar Tuck have enjoyed a visit! The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands
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The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 1189 AD is a pub built into the sandstone of the hill the Norman castle was originally built on. Around 600AD Nottingham was part of the Kingdom of Mercia where it was known as 'Tigguo Cobauc' meaning 'a place of cave dwellings'. The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands
The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands
The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands  Under the rule of the 9th century Saxon Chief called Snot (Snotta) it was known as Snotingham (Snotta inga ham, literally 'the homestead of Snot's people) hence the name Nottingham. Later in the 11th century Nottingham Castle was built by the Normans on the sandstone hill above the River Leen. The Castle pub is in near what remains of medieval Nottingham - which is mainly the castle moat and the Lace Centre! The City of Nottinham, Nottinghamshire,England, English Midlands
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