Nottingham - Holme Pierrepont
w/e 22 February 2004

Slalom Course

Holme Pierrepont on the eastern outskirts of Nottingham is home to the National Water Sports Centre where water from the River Trent surges through a man made slalom course.
Icy Waters

On the bank the wind whipped across the site and the February temperature was to say the least, on the low side. The water must have been icy but that did not deter the sportsmen and women from travelling down the course time after time. Rather them than me!
By The Trent

The temperature was the same but it was a much calmer scene by the adjacent River Trent where many water fowl, among them these two geese, were scavenging for food.
Regatta Lake

A grassy bank provided some protection from the wind and daffodils were coming into flower in some of the sheltered spots overlooking the 2000 metre regatta lake.

Local boy Allan Sillitoe was born in Lenton, Nottingham in 1928 and wrote the Hawthornden Prize award winning novel "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" in 1959. Had he been writing the book today, he may have been tempted to change the title to "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rower" if he had seen this solitary oarsman at the British Olympic Association accredited centre.
Holme Pierrepont

Adbolton Lane beyond the Sports Centre is part of the long distance path called the Trent Valley Way and, if followed eastwards, leads to a cluster of buildings at the end of a drive. This is the entrance to Holme Pierrepont Hall and St Edmond's Church.
St Edmond's Church

St Edmond's Church retains some features of the original thirteenth century building but as the door was locked I was unable to gain access. The exterior dates mainly from the nineteenth century and plaques on the pillars of the lych gate commemorate the fallen in the World Wars.
The Hall

Next to the church is Holme Pierrepont Hall seen here with yellow and white crocuses pushing through the grass at the side of the drive. The Hall has been in the hands of the Pierrepont family since 1284. Dating from the early sixteenth century the present building is renowned as being one of the best examples of a brick built house in the county of Nottinghamshire.

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