Nottingham – Friday 4th October 2019

Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands which is probably best known for its lace manufacturing and as the home of Robin Hood!  The city, along with Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and Norwich, was declared a UNESCO “City of Literature” in 2015 (I had no idea such a thing existed!) because of its connections to D H Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe and poet Lord Byron.  The Waterstones here is set over four floors in an attractive red-bricked Victorian building constructed around 1875 – I took LOTS of photos! 

Ground Floor

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Nottingham map

The statue of Robin Hood , together with some smaller statuettes of his ‘Band of Merry Men’, stands outside Nottingham castle.  It was created by sculptor James Woodford and gifted to the people of the city by a local businessman.  It was unveiled by the Queen (at the time the Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Philip in 1952. 

Nottingham is famous for its lace production, which was at it’s height in the 1800s but declined after lace fell somewhat out of favour after the First World War. The area known as the Lace Market is now a protected heritage site, and it’s easy to see why with such beautiful buildings as these.