Jeremy the snail was first found minding his own business in a southwest London compost heap. Most would have overlooked Jeremy as an ordinary garden snail; in fact it’s undoubtedly the case that most of the other rare snails who have the single gene mutation that Jeremy possesses will have at best been ignored, and […]
Nottingham’s Robin Hood statue was unveiled on 24 July 1952 by the Duchess of Portland, Ivy Cavendish-Bentinck, of Welbeck in Nottinghamshire.
Click here for a short black and white film of the opening ceremony.
It was donated to the city by Nottingham industrialist Philip E F Clay, of Radcliffe-on-Trent near Nottingham, who gave £5,000 to Nottingham City Council. He requested that it should mark the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on 28 June 1949, for the 500th anniversary of the 1449 Charter making the Borough of Nottingham into a separate County from Nottinghamshire.
The 2.1 metre high bronze statue was sculpted by James Woodford RA, a former student of the Nottingham School of Art, and made by Morris Singer & Co of Basingstoke, Hampshire. It was estimated that it should last for 6,000 years.
James Woodford was born in Nottingham in 1894, before moving to London. James also designed Queen Elizabeth’s heraldic beasts which were made especially for the royal approach to Westminster for the Coronation in 1953.
The site for the statue, in the dry moat outside the Castle, was chosen in November 1951 by Nottingham City Council for its medieval character and for the legendary association with Robin Hood.
The statue stands alone; James Woodford said at the time “Personally I think it would have been too sentimental to put Maid Marian with Robin Hood.” But around the statue are reliefs depicting scenes from the legends; Maid Marian helping Robin and Friar Tuck in their fight against Guy of Gisborne’s men, Richard the Lionheart joining Marian’s hand with Robin’s, Little John and Robin fighting on a bridge and Robin shooting his last arrow.
Robin Hood is one of the world’s best known and most enduring legends, the stories attract visitors from all over the world, who come to see the statue and have their photograph taken standing next to it.
The Robin Hood statue and the Castle Gatehouse are just a few minutes walk along Friar Lane from the Old Market Square.
Nottingham is a large English city in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands region of the UK, well known internationally for its links with the Robin Hood legends.
Nottingham is the seventh largest urban area in the UK, which ranks it in size between the cities of Liverpool and Sheffield.
Due to the tightly drawn city boundary Nottingham has a relatively small population of 321,500 (2015 estimate), but the city forms part of the Nottingham urban area, which has a population of 768,638, although Eurostat’s Larger Urban Zone lists the population of the area at 975,800 and the metropolitan area at 1,610,000 (Nottingham-Derby).
General settlement of what is now the centre of the city probably began around 600 AD, with Nottingham rising in prominence through the Middle Ages and the pre-industrial era, following the construction of Nottingham Castle from around 1067.
The city grew rapidly in size and prosperity during the Industrial Revolution, largely due to the textile industry, and obtained worldwide recognition for lace making and for household names such as Raleigh bicycles, Players cigarettes and Boots the Chemist.
Today Nottingham is one of six designated Science Cities, home to more than 15,000 businesses with a wide range of science and technology sectors, including biomedical sciences, ICT, environmental technologies and advanced engineering, along with significant employment in creative industries and more than 50 regional and national headquarters.
Nottingham is an energetic, cosmopolitan city of first-class shopping, cafes, bars and restaurants, thriving universities and businesses, with a pioneering art and culture scene of live music, theatre, art galleries and museums.
When the nights begin to draw in and there’s a hint of autumn in the air, Nottingham residents talk of ‘Goose Fair weather’.
Then the time approaches for the show people to congregate at the fairground, and local children watch with anticipation as the rides are constructed and the fair starts to take its familiar shape.
Goose Fair is acres and acres of colour, lights, sounds and fun, with mushy peas and Grantham gingerbread, gentle Edwardian roundabouts and white knuckle stomach turners for thrill seekers, all mingling to make Nottingham’s annual spectacular.
Visitors travel from far and wide to experience the crowds, laughter, squeals and sights that give Goose Fair its distinctive atmosphere.
The fair normally has its official opening on the first Thursday in October and runs through until Sunday.
Further Information (click the title to go to the page)
These dates are all taken from my ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ pages.
Goose Fair Painting by Harry Haslam
Not long ago I won this wonderful painting of Nottingham’s Goose Fair (1907) by local artist Harry Haslam in a Nottingham Post and True Colours Art Gallery competition.
Harry Haslam paints from old postcards and takes photographs of the buildings that still remain to get more information. Harry reproduces the detail as accurately as possible and in every one of his pictures hides an image of his faithful dog Jude.
This is a slightly random assortment of dates and snippets of information about Nottingham that I’ve been collecting on and off since the early 1990s, or thereabouts. It isn’t an exhaustively researched academic treatise, I’ve just compiled it out of personal interest and because I like lists.
As a matter of convenience, for me, I’ve broken the information down into these periods (click to go to):
I’ve collected the information from a huge number of places, including my memory of events since I came to live in Nottingham. A few historical dates I’ve come across have alternative years cited, so I’ve quoted the date that seems most valid to me, depending on the source, background information and related material.
One thing I didn’t do when I originally compiled the list, and now regret, is to cite source material. I will gradually address this, but due to the huge variety of sources it will take a very long time.
I’ve put the sources of information I can remember in the References section and hope that I’ve not made too many mistakes in writing the lists. I’ve also inserted one or two events that were external to Nottingham, just to give a little context.
I will update and add information as I come across it and I will be very grateful if anyone reading this would let me know of any information that is either wrong or missing.
Needless to say, if there are mistakes, they are mine.
When I moved to Nottingham in the 1970s I made these annotations on a selection of typical phrases used by local colleagues and neighbours.
Some of these idioms have almost vanished from daily use in the last few decades, although you still hear similar phrases in some Nottingham neighbourhoods and in older generations of local people.
A few younger Nottingham residents now have an inflection of ‘Estuary English‘; a euphemism for a mild version of the London and South East accent, which has flourished for hundreds of miles outside of London.
Hello (usually, but not exclusively, to a female)
Hello (usually to a young male)
Hello (to a female or child you’re particularly close to)
Ow ya gowin on then, Serri?
How are you?
Goodbye / goodnight
Ar (or Aye)
Town / city centre
Twitchell / Jyitt-eh
Alley or cut-through
Pavement / footpath
Oss / Bobbo
Tegs / Teggehs
Dinna / Snap
Lunch or food
Bap, barm cake, bun or roll
Just remember IT’S A COB!
Duddos / tuffeh
Give me / let me have
To see / look
To duck or hide
Blubber / blubbering
Crying or weeping
Pawleh / badleh
Grumpy, miserable or sulking
Dirty / scruffy, or sometimes silly
Someone of questionable intelligence (a bit thick)
Insane / crazy
Snided / snided out
Busy or crowded
Puther / puthering
Pouring or gushing; water, rain or smoke
Unusually susceptible to cold weather
Kroggeh / croggie
To give someone a lift on a bicycle crossbar
Back chat or insubordination
It is not
Yourselves or themselves
My brother / sister
Queries and questions
How old are you?
Aya gorra mardilippon?
Are you sulking?
Aya gorra wi’ya?
Have you got her (wife) with you?
Aya gorrim wi’ya?
Have you got him (husband) with you?
Have you any money?
Aya masht miduk?
Have you made the tea yet?
Ezz ee sed owt?
Did he say anything?
Can I have some of your … ?
Did you go to the Nottingham Forest / Notts County match?
Would you like anything?
May I come too?
Oo worree wi?
Who was he with?
Wair dya wekk?
Where do you work?
Where is the local pub?
Wi or wi’yaut?
With or without?
Worree wee iz-sen?
Was he alone?
Is something wrong? / Is everything alright?
What would you like to drink?
What are you doing?
I beg your pardon?
Statements and comments
Am goowin wi mi-sen
I’m going alone / by myself
As well / Also
Av gorrit wimee
I have it with me
Ay aint gorrowt
I don’t have anything / any money
Ah dint do owt
I didn’t do anything
Ah towd Imm eekud pleez iz-sen
I told him the decision was his / he could please his self
Ah towdya an al telya namor
I’ve told you and I’m not telling you again
Ah’ve gone an dottied mi’sen
My hands are dirty
Ah’ve podged mi’sen
I’ve eaten too much
Batt yu-sen dahn
Dust yourself off
Pass it to me
Here you are (giving) / let me have that (taking)
E’ wants sum ossmuck inniz boots
He’s not very tall
Gerra buzz dahn tahn
Catch a bus into town
Please eat it / drink it
It’s time you went home
Get off! (Please go away)
Go away / leave it alone!
Get on with it (Please continue what you were saying)
Gerrum in then
Buy me a drink
Gerrup, elsal bat ya tab
Please get up or I’ll use violence
Let me see
Gizza kroggeh / krog
To ask for a lift on a bike
Share and share alike
It’s cold today
It’s hot today
It meks-ya tabz laff
It has a sour or bitter taste
It-seh bit black ovva bilzmothaz
It looks like rain
It won’t hurt you
He’s on holiday
Listen to the rain
Mek it g’bakkuds
Please reverse the car / vehicle
Owd yuh oss-uzz!
Please wait / be patient! (Hold your horses!)
Shurrup, elsal bat ya tab
Please be quiet or I’ll use violence
Shut ya gob! / Purra sock init
Shut your mouth / Shut up!
Thiz summat up wee im
There is something wrong with him / He may be ill
It is not in the tin
Wigorn tev uz dinnaz
We’re about to have lunch
You’ll get into trouble
A Nottingham dialect joke ► Vet; “Is it a tom?” Cat owner; “Nah, av gorrit wimee.”
In the heart of Nottingham there are two large art-deco stone lions, resting either side of the Council House steps, guarding the entrance and surveying the historic Old Market Square.
Nottingham’s superlative Council House, with its 200 foot high dome and ten and a half ton bell called Little John, was designed by the architect T Cecil Howitt, but the lions, and much of the sculpture, were by Nottingham sculptor Joseph Else (1874-1955). Joseph Else was the principle of the Nottingham School of Art on Waverley Street between 1923 and 1939.
The lions have been a popular symbol in Nottingham for many years and since 2006 Nottingham City Council has used the lion on some of its promotional
material, in campaigns and on stationery.
To local people meeting at the ‘Left Lion’ has been an indispensable part of life in Nottingham since the Council House opened in 1929. The ‘Left Lion’ is the one on your left as you face the steps and entrance at the front of the building. A Nottingham arts and listings paper is called the Left Lion.
The two lions are known locally to a few people as Leo and Oscar, although some would say Menelaus and Agamemnon, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone from Nottingham who doesn’t recognize them.
Local legend has it that the lions roar when a virgin walks by.
I put the original version of this description of Nottingham on ‘Where I’ve Been’, well, it’s more like an extended list than a description, which is down to my writing skills, lack of that is, but I love living in Nottingham. It’s an outstanding city.
Nottingham is a vibrant city, with first-class shopping attracting millions of people every year and consistently ranked in the top five UK shopping destinations. There are over 1,300 outlets; independent retailers, designer boutiques and high street favourites, with shoppers spending around £1.8 billion a year.
Nottingham Castle houses a museum and art gallery and has superb grounds with views across the city and over the Trent valley. There are also museums and spectacular parks at Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey, along with many other parks and gardens. The city’s Arboretum was the first designated public park in Nottingham and officially opened on 11 May 1852.
Nottingham has two of the country’s foremost universities, Nottingham University and Trent University, and has the third largest student population in England, with more than 55,000 students at the universities alone.