Historic Nottingham - Part 5 - To The Lace Market
w/e 08 July 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Our walk through Historic Nottingham began at the Castle and continued via the Brewhouse Yard Museum and the Nottingham Canal to London Road where at "The Island" we resume in this the fifth part. This marks the approximate halfway point and we now start to head back towards the Castle through the Lace Market.

The Island

"The Island" is not only the traffic island (on the right of the picture above) where Canal Street meets London Road but also includes the site where the BBC studios now stand. This was formerly the site of a factory on Island Street belonging to the pharmaceutical giant, Boots and the area was known as Boots Island Site. The factory has now gone and the area has undergone a substantial amount of redevelopment which is still ongoing. As well as the BBC, there are new hotels on both sides of London Road and many businesses have HollowstoneHollowstonetaken up residence on the site. But our way as we continue our look at historic Nottingham is to turn our backs on the view above and head into Hollowstone (left and right) to the Lace Market area of the city. The name Hollowstone is a reminder of the caves we first saw at the Brewhouse Yard Museum and more of those caves are visible in the sandstone here too. They were used not only for living accommodation but also as tanneries and brew houses where ale was stored.
Hollowstone Architecture

As we ascend the hill towards St Mary's Church, there is also some impressive architecture to be seen in Hollowstone and this gives us a foretaste of what to expect in the Lace Market.
St. Mary's Church

The Church of St. Mary The Virgin stands at the top of Hollowstone and we shall see more of it later but first we'll turn into Stoney Street. There is however a good view of the tower of St Mary's from near the junction of Stoney Street and Plumptre Street where we can admire what is described as "a masterpiece of medieval perpendicular architecture". The alleyway between St. Mary's and the building on the right is Kayes Walk.
Stoney Street

Nottingham of course is associated with a number of well known names - Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, Jesse Boot, William Booth and more recently Torvill and Dean and Brian Clough to name but a few. But it is also known worldwide for Nottingham Lace and here on Stoney Street we are in the area of the city known as the Lace Market. As we walk along the narrow street hemmed in by the high four storey buildings there is little to prepare us for what lies just around the corner on the left.

This impressive street is Broadway and as Malcolm Sales writes in his "100 Walks in Nottinghamshire" book: "Walking through Broadway in the heart of the old lace area is to experience the grandeur this industry brought to Nottingham". The buildings date from the 1850s and if you substitute a view of bustling people in Broadway aid for the visually impairedBroadway Windowsnineteenth century dress for the street furniture of today, it would be easy to imagine a scene from any Dickensian novel. It is obvious from the architecture that the lace trade contributed greatly to the wealth of the city in this quarter and today strategically placed podia (example left) with Braille inscriptions and raised plaques enable even the visually impaired to appreciate the fine features of the buildings (right).
St. Mary's Gate

Today the buildings in the vicinity of Broadway are occupied by a number of bars and small business, some still in the textile trade but at least one of the them now forms part of a secondary college. Passing through Broadway BroadwaySt Mary's Gate(left) we reach another narrow street, St. Mary's Gate (right). A left turn here returns us to St. Mary's Church (above) at the opposite end of Kayes Walk to the one we saw earlier on Stoney Street. The church is the ancient Parish Church of Nottingham and evidence exists showing that prayers have been said on this site for well over a thousand years. In the next part we shall look a little more closely at the church before continuing our walk through Historic Nottingham.

Back To Part 4
 Historic Nottingham Index
 Forward to Part 6

Site Navigation

"Pick A Picture"
Weekly Favourites
Latest Images
Holidays &
Days Out
Special Features
The Guest Page
Site search Web search

powered by FreeFind
Jigsaw Puzzles
Recommended Links

Terms & Conditions of Use
This website is copyright but licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence.
Please credit the photographer Garth Newton, or add a link to these pages.