and (2b) a trip to Wollaton Hall Scenes from the English 'MIDLANDS'
(2a) More scenes of the city centre
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.
Watson Fothergill (1841-1928) is one of the most famous architects for having a great effect on Nottingham's architecture. He was the son of a wealthy lace manufacturer and merchant and at the age of 11 moved to Nottingham. He was greatly influenced by European gothic architecture and recognised as one of Nottingham's most flamboyant Victorian architects. Many of his buildings still exist in and around Nottingham city centre.
The fine medieval Parish Church of St Peter's Church in the City Centre in the Parish of St Peter and All Saints Nottingham.
The 'Big Wheel' of the 'Nottingham Eye' in Market Square, Nottingham City centre.
Buildings in the City Centre, looking up King Street from Market Square and Long Row is on the right.
One of the many shopping stores housed in a fine building.
Willoughby House is now ? Paul Smith fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women.
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!
Bar Humbug, once a fine Georgian building?
Another fine building near Nottingham City centre.
(2b) Wollaton Hall
Robert Smythson (1535-1614) built Wollaton Hall and Park, completed in 1588. An amazingly splendid and grand Tudor house, even the stables are a splendid structure, added later, and seem a mansion in their own right! It is a good picnic spot and there is plenty of open space to play on or walk around or visit the gardens.
The splendid structure of the north face of the late 16th century (late Tudor-Elizabethan?) Wollaton Hall and the grand entrance.
Details of the north 'formal' entrance of Wollaton Hall.
A model of Wollaton Hall just inside the north entrance.
Wollaton Hall is surrounded by an extensive park and all absolutely free to explore!
The grand structure of the south face of Wollaton Hall.
The lovely gardens provide restful seats or gentle strolls.
The Stable block!
The west facing end-block of Wollaton Hall.
Lots of parkland to wander around and have a picnic.
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