Historic Nottingham - Part 3 - Canal Walk (Wilford Street end)
w/e 13 May 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Prompted by Malcolm Sales' book "100 Walks In Nottinghamshire" I chose "Historic Nottingham" as the title for this series but as we shall see in this and the next part, it could just as easily have been "The Changing Face Of ...". If you'll excuse the mixed metaphors, while we will keep one foot firmly in the past as we follow the route along the Nottingham Canal, we will have the other firmly planted in the present and as will become obvious in Part 4, we will also have at least one eye on the future. But in years to come, that too will be a part of history.

Evening Post

Corner HouseResuming our walk on Castle Boulevard near the Brewhouse Yard Museum we must turn right into Wilford Street to reach the canal and here we can see the first evidence of the regeneration in this part of the city that has been undertaken in recent times in the offices of the Nottingham Evening Post. The newspaper offices were previously in a building dating from the 1870s on the corner of Forman Street and South Sherwood Street. Originally built for a large printing business and the Guardian Journal, the Post's forerunner it was demolished to be replaced by the Corner House (right). Wherever you look these days in the centre of Nottingham there seems to be building work in progress but reflected in the glass of the new offices above is the older architecture of the Blood Donor Centre in Castle House on Castle Boulevard. The rear of the Evening Post's offices now back onto Castle Wharf which has been transformed with offices, pubs and leisure complex developments. Nearby too are the Inland Revenue headquarters and the Nottingham Archives.
Castle Lock

Castle LockAccess to the canal is via a ramp that leads directly to Castle Lock. The building pictured above beyond the canal, is an extension of New Castle House, an art deco style building on Castle Boulevard. An unrelated walk from Castle Marina in 2002 (link) brought us as far as Castle Lock but now we will continue to London Road. Beyond Castle Marina however, the Nottingham Canal originally continued to Langley Mill and the coalfields to the north. Much of that route is derelict and the canal now links with the Beeston Canal to Beeston Rylands (which we visited recently) to bypass an unnavigable part of the River Trent.
Wilford Street Bridge

The bridge we have just crossed and must now pass under is a fine example of decorative Victorian cast-iron work. In this view we can also see from left to right the corner of the appropriately named Navigation Inn on the north side of the bridge, the Evening Post offices and the former British Waterways building.
British Waterways

The British Waterways building constructed for the Trent Navigation Company is a Grade II listed building and is still an imposing feature on Castle Wharf, long after its original function as a warehouse ceased. It has now been fully restored and has found a new lease of life as luxury apartments.
Castle Wharf

Adjacent to the British Waterways building, Castle Wharf has seen a great deal of regeneration from its former appearance which had suffered a number of descriptions among which "squalid" was often used. The wharf has been transformed with a number of cafe-bars, pubs, restaurants, health clubs and commercial ventures that back onto the canal. Many feature open air terraces and form a unique setting close to the city centre.

The south side of the canal has also seen a similar amount of investment. We have already mentioned the Nottingham Archives and in this picture we can see the new Magistrates' Court (on the left) and the Nottingham Youth Court. A spur from the canal used to pass under the bridge seen on the right to run into the Midland Railway goods yard but the spur now terminates on the other side of the bridge in an ornamental pool in front of the Courts.

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