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Nottingham - The Nottingham Trail
Part 01 - Slab Square to Castle Rock
w/e 04 December 2016
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
The Nottingham Trail

Sixteen or so locations around the city centre have recently been linked in a tourist route exploring some of the landmarks and attractions within easy walking distance and published as a leaflet under the title of "The Nottingham Trail". At various times we have already visited many of the locations not least in our Historic Nottingham series but also in The Show Must Go On page but there are a number of sites that have not been seen previously on this website so another walk around Nottingham won't do any harm.

Smithy Row

The Trail begins at the Nottingham Tourist Centre in Smithy Row which is where we picked up a copy of the leaflet describing the route with the locations marked on a map. At this time of year Smithy Row is one of the city centre streets housing the Winter Wonderland Festival with cabins selling seasonal food, drink and crafts plus a number of fairground rides like the Helter Skelter seen here.

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Brian Clough Statue

The second location marked on the map is labelled "Old Market Square & Brian Clough Statue" but the statue stands a little way off the square. It is visible though in the centre of this image at the junction of Queen Street (left) and King Street (right).

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Old Market Square

The Old Market Square itself, often referred to locally as Slab Square, is said to be one of the UK's largest pedestrianised squares although it doesn't look it when filled with the Winter Wonderland attractions which as well as the cabins and fairground rides also features an ice rink.

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Theatre Royal

At the end of the square, the leaflet advises a look up Market Street to see Nottingham's grandest theatre, the Theatre Royal which first opened in 1865 and is now part of the Royal Centre complex including the Royal Concert Hall. I can never pass this street without thinking back to the time in my working life when I accessed a service tunnel near the theatre and walked the length of the road underground. That was before the tram tracks were laid - I can only hope the tunnel was reinforced during the construction works!

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Nottingham Playhouse

Next up on the Trail is another theatre, the Nottingham Playhouse - or to be more precise the next thing featured on the leaflet is the Sky Mirror at the Nottingham Playhouse. Six metres across and weighing ten tonnes the Anish Kapoor sculpture was forged from stainless steel strips.

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Lord Byron's House

From the Playhouse, the Trial now wends its way along East Circus Street, up Park Row towards the former site of the Nottingham General Hospital before turning along Postern Street to reach Lord Byron's house at the top of St James' Street. A plaque on the wall shows that the poet (1788-1824) lived here on 1798 and 1799. The leaflet adds that it is rumoured that he wrote his first verses here before returning to his ancestral home at Newstead Abbey. He later went on to become not only a world renowned poet but also, according to Lady Caroline Lamb "mad, bad and dangerous to know."

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Nottingham Castle

From Lord Byron's house it just a short walk down St James' Terrace and Standard Hill to the entrance to Nottingham Castle. Originally built in 1087 the present "castle" seen here in the background behind the entrance gatehouse, has been rebuilt twice and now houses a museum and gallery

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Robin Hood Statue

Location seven on the Trail, like the Clough/Square site covers two separate features, the first being the Robin Hood Statue beneath the castle walls. By this time on our walk the fine drizzle that had started when we were at the Playhouse had turned into a full blown shower so we didn't spend time doing a closer inspection but took this shot from a distance. Suffice it to say that the statue was unveiled on July 24th 1952.

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Severn's House

Opposite Robin Hood is "the house that moved." Severn's House is thought to have been built about 1340 and originally stood in Middle Pavement but was moved here in 1969/70 and previously housed a Lace Museum but this has now closed.

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Trip To Jerusalem

You may have noticed the raindrops on some of the previous images so it was quickly down the hill of Castle Road to the next location, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem pub which roughly marks the half way point of the Nottingham Trail. Sitting at the foot of Castle Rock with the castle being visible above and dating back to 1189 it claims to be the oldest inn in the UK.

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City of Caves

On the way down Castle Road we had passed some caves in Castle Rock and more were visible from Castle Boulevard. The white van below the caves was emblazoned with the words "Nottingham City Homes" and although the caves may have been inhabited at some point in the past, I don't think it was intended to advertise them as such now. Location nine on the Trail is the "City of Caves" but the entrance to these is in the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre which is reached by returning up Castle Road and proceeding along Castle Gate and Low Pavement according to the map in the leaflet. As the rain was now quite heavy we decided to leave that for another day and Part 02.

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