My Nottingham destination print

My Nottingham destination print

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If you want to know more about Nottingham’s past there is further information in ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ and through these websites:

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Local Studies Library

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Nottingham’s Robin Hood statue

Robin Hood Statue
Robin Hood statue

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.

Line drawing of the Robin Hood statue (© Nottingham City Council)
Line drawing of the Robin Hood statue (© Nottingham City Council)

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.

The Robin Hood statue and Nottingham Castle Gatehouse
The Robin Hood statue and Nottingham Castle Gatehouse

For an article about the Robin Hood Statue in the Nottingham Post, by Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society click here

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If you want to know more about Nottingham’s past there is further information in ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ and through these websites:

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham – introduction to the city

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.

South Parade and Poultry
South Parade and Poultry

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.

Albert Street
Albert Street

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.

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If you want to know more about Nottingham’s past there is further information in ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ and through these websites:

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The Nottingham Contemporary
The Nottingham Contemporary
The Old Market Square
The Old Market Square

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Nottingham’s Goose Fair

When the nights begin to draw in and there’s a hint of autumn in the air, Nottingham residents talk of ‘Goose Fair weather’.

Goose Fair view
Goose Fair view

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)

The Origins of Goose Fair

A brief history of the fair from an old Nottingham City Council ‘Nottingham Goose Fair’ leaflet, written around 1988 by Carl Piggins of the Public Relations Office.

Goose Fair – The Golden Age of Ticklers and Emmas

A description of Goose Fair in the Old Market Square in 1896, taken from the memoirs of Mr G. C. A. Austin, Nottingham’s Clerk of the Markets from 1907 to 1944.

Film of Goose Fair in 1935

A short piece of black and white film of the fair and official opening.

Some Historical Goose Fair Events and Dates

These dates are all taken from my ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ pages.

Goose Fair Painting by Harry Haslam

Goose Fair 1907 by Harry Haslam
Goose Fair 1907 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.

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If you want to know more about Nottingham’s past there is further information in ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ and through these websites:

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Local Studies Library

Nottingham colloquial translations to regular English

Nottingham's Council House and Old Market Square
Nottingham’s Council House and Old Market Square

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.





Ay-up midukHello (usually, but not exclusively, to a female)
Ay-up yoothHello (usually to a young male)
Ay-up duckehHello (to a female or child you’re particularly close to)
Ow ya gowin on then, Serri?How are you?
Ta-rar dukGoodbye / goodnight

General terms

Ar (or Aye)Yes
SmorninThis morning
SaftoThis afternoon
TahnTown / city centre
Twitchell / Jyitt-ehAlley or cut-through
KawziPavement / footpath
Oss rowdRoad
Oss / BobboHorse
Tegs / TeggehsTeeth
Dinna / SnapLunch or food
CobBap, barm cake, bun or roll
Just remember IT’S A COB!
Duddos / tuffehSweets
SuckaIce lolly
Knobby greensBrussels sprouts
GizzaGive me / let me have
GozzTo see / look
Dob dahnTo duck or hide
Blubber / blubberingCrying or weeping
Prattin abahtActing stupidly
Pawleh / badlehUnwell
Mard-ehGrumpy, miserable or sulking
Mank-ehDirty / scruffy, or sometimes silly
Suck-ehSomeone of questionable intelligence (a bit thick)
Batch-ehInsane / crazy
Snided / snided outBusy or crowded
Puther / putheringPouring or gushing; water, rain or smoke
ClartySticky or sticks to the roof of your mouth
NeshUnusually susceptible to cold weather
Kroggeh / croggieTo give someone a lift on a bicycle crossbar
ChelpBack chat or insubordination
TherrintThere isn’t
TintIt is not
DintDid not
YoveYou have
Thi-sensYourselves or themselves
Iz-senHis self
AhkiddMy brother / sister

Queries and questions

Ahrode ay-yo?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?
Aya gorrowt?Have you any money?
Aya masht miduk?Have you made the tea yet?
Ezz ee sed owt?Did he say anything?
GizzabittCan I have some of your … ?
Jagadahn?Did you go to the Nottingham Forest / Notts County match?
Jo wonn-owt?Would you like anything?
Kannicum annorl?May I come too?
Oo worree wi?Who was he with?
Wair dya wekk?Where do you work?
Wairza booza?Where is the local pub?
Wi or wi’yaut?With or without?
Worree wee iz-sen?Was he alone?
Wotsupp?Is something wrong? / Is everything alright?
Wotyavin?What would you like to drink?
Wot yonn-wee?What are you doing?
Yerwott?I beg your pardon?

Statements and comments

Am goowin wi mi-senI’m going alone / by myself
AnnorlAs well / Also
Av gorrit wimeeI have it with me
Ay aint gorrowtI don’t have anything / any money
Ah dint do owtI didn’t do anything
Ah towd Imm eekud pleez iz-senI told him the decision was his / he could please his self
Ah towdya an al telya namorI’ve told you and I’m not telling you again
Ah’ve gone an dottied mi’senMy hands are dirty
Ah’ve podged mi’senI’ve eaten too much
Batt yu-sen dahnDust yourself off
Bungitt ovvarearPass it to me
Ee-yarHere you are (giving) / let me have that (taking)
E’ wants sum ossmuck inniz bootsHe’s not very tall
Gerra buzz dahn tahnCatch a bus into town
Gerrit dahn-yaPlease eat it / drink it
Gerroff omIt’s time you went home
Gerroff!Get off! (Please go away)
Gerroffahtonnit!Go away / leave it alone!
Gerron wee-itGet on with it (Please continue what you were saying)
Gerrum in thenBuy me a drink
Gerrup, elsal bat ya tabPlease get up or I’ll use violence
Gizza gozzLet me see
Gizza kroggeh / krogTo ask for a lift on a bike
GizzarfonittShare and share alike
Innit codeIt’s cold today
Innit ottIt’s hot today
It meks-ya tabz laffIt has a sour or bitter taste
It-seh bit black ovva bilzmothazIt looks like rain
It’ul norrotchaIt won’t hurt you
Izon Iz-ollidizHe’s on holiday
JustarkatitListen to the rain
Mek it g’bakkudsPlease reverse the car / vehicle
Owd yuh oss-uzz!Please wait / be patient! (Hold your horses!)
Shurrup, elsal bat ya tabPlease be quiet or I’ll use violence
Shut ya gob! / Purra sock initShut your mouth / Shut up!
Thiz summat up wee imThere is something wrong with him / He may be ill
Tin-tin-tinIt is not in the tin
Wigorn tev uz dinnazWe’re about to have lunch
Yowl koppittYou’ll get into trouble

A Nottingham dialect joke ► Vet; “Is it a tom?” Cat owner; “Nah, av gorrit wimee.”

“Aah Ter Talk Notts” from LeftLion magazine

‘Nottingham Dialect and Sayings’ by Jimmy Notts and Nottingham Hidden History Team

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Nottingham’s stone lions

Left Hand Lion
Nottingham’s Left Hand Lion

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.

Council House dome
Council House dome

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

The proud lion
© Nottingham City Council

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.

A poem from the BBC’s ‘A Sense Of Place

Clifton poet Lynn Adgar has written a special poem to allow the lions of Nottingham’s Old Market Square to tell us their story.

Nottingham’s Pride – Lion Watching by Lynn Adgar


I’m tired, tired of sitting here all day, Staring at my brother who has no thoughts of his own

He’s just like stone!

He sits contentedly with his lot – gives not a jot for pigeon poo, graffiti too

Daubed across our stately hue.

I grace the hub of city power, to welcome and guard a host of fame

Dignitaries and royalty, pause before me, caress my mane……

A tour of the city is not complete, unless you meet

The Left Hand Lion looking a little melancholy; winter and stone probably isn’t a good combination
The Left Hand Lion looking a little melancholy; winter and stone probably isn’t a good combination

The Council Lions………….

A pigeon told me

Before we arrived a market thrived,

coster banter filled the air, trading wares.

Mad Harry selling stale cakes cheap

Soap box religion vied with buskers strange.

A man displaying muscle brace would fall on his face

Marking the spot with black chalk on his nose.

I think this shows

Just how needed we were to raise the tone.

1929 So, this was now home, a bland slab square

But something had to be done with this drab looking blur

I craved flowers and music to enhance the grandeur.

Yes, I’ve seen some improvements over the years

Witnessed laughter and tears from my solitary post

Never quite being involved, not that I’m cold

You see,

Nottingham’s Left Hand Lion
Nottingham’s Left Hand Lion

it’s quite simply beneath my station to display elation

be it victory time

or when Little Johns chimes

to herald a new years birth.

Expression mute as I execute my guardian role

But joy touches my soul

And this great heart of mine fills with pride

when the city gathers before me to share the moment.


Nottingham Council House’s guardians have a late night chat…

via Nottingham arts and listings paper the Left Lion.

A passing final thought; Nottingham’s lions were designed and sculpted in the ‘Roaring Twenties’.

As you paws by the statues fur a moment, consider their felines; they’ve been lion in the roar cold air in front of the Council House as the mane attraction for many years.

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If you want to know more about Nottingham’s past there is further information in ‘Events and dates in Nottingham’s history’ and through these websites:


The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Local Studies Library


Exceptional Nottingham

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.

Clumber Street

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.

The city’s famous Old Market Square is the largest public square outside of London and is dominated by the 200 foot high dome of the Council House, the traditional centre for Nottingham City Council.

The left and right stone lions that guard the entrance to the Council House are a popular meeting place for local people.

Theatre Square

There are cosy pubs, stylish bars and vibrant nightclubs, making Nottingham the regional capital for nightlife and live music.

The city has a huge variety of live music venues and a pioneering art and culture scene, there are contemporary and classical theatres, the Motorpoint Arena and art galleries such as the Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange.

Castle Gatehouse

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.

There are all sorts of places to visit and things to do. The fascinating Galleries of Justice Museum is based in Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, and takes you through the dark and disturbing past of crime and punishment. There is the award winning City of Caves visitor attraction, exploring the amazing sandstone caves beneath Nottingham city centre, the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, depicting the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years and Green’s Windmill, a popular museum and science centre.

Nottingham has award winning and cosmopolitan cuisine; there are more than 300 cafes and restaurants just in the city centre, offering more international food outlets per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.

Trent University

For anyone interested in sport there are first-rate facilities and entertainment at venues such as Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Forest’s City Ground and County’s Meadow Lane for football, the National Ice Centre, Nottingham Racecourse, the National Water Sports Centre and the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

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.

Queen Street

Tram on Cheapside

View of the Lace Market from Castle Rock

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Also some external links:

Nottingham is the least car dependent city in England

Wikipedia article on Nottingham

Experience Nottinghamshire tourism website for Nottingham

Creative Cities: Nottingham

Dweller epithet for Nottingham


There isn’t a name for people who live in Nottingham.

Many other cities and areas have a demonym or gentilic (a term for the residents of a locality); Liverpudlians, Brummies, Mancunians, Geordies, Londoners etc, but not Nottingham.

I hadn’t thought about this before, but Oonagh Robinson has just written a piece in the Nottingham Evening Post on the subject that made me realise what we’re missing out on.

Nottingham doesn’t lend itself to happy abbreviations. Whichever part of the name you extract it doesn’t work in isolation; Notts is the County abbreviation and Notters is too close to Nutters. Tings or Tingers, Hams or Hammers are all too similar to other names and don’t link to Nottingham without the ‘Nott’ bit.

Nottinghamian or Nottinghammers are too clumsy; Nottimers or Nottamers are slightly better, but awkward.

I’m digressing slightly here, but isn’t awkward an awkward word? I must have used it before, but when I put the ‘wkw’ bit down the more I looked at it the less it seemed to be right. I had to use the spell checker and thesaurus twice before I believed it.

Castle Gatehouse and Robin Hood Statue
Castle Gatehouse and Robin Hood Statue


Notties is a bit twee and too close to Nottinghamshire, or to Ken Dodd’s Knottyash.

Nottingham’s original name of Snotengaham (meaning ‘home of Snot’) works better in abbreviation; Snots or Snotties have a contemporary but tenuous and icky link to green issues, but perhaps it snot practical, who nose?

The standard abbreviations for Nottingham (Nottm) and for Nottinghamshire (Notts) are very often confused and incorrectly transposed, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen correspondence addressed to Notts City Council and Nottm County Council, or references to the city of Notts.

Sherwood is too broad an area to refer just to Nottingham, but what about Hooders (obviously not Hoodies), Robins, Outlaws, Merries? No, it’s just not working is it?

Nottnum seems to be an extensively used pronunciation of Nottingham; is that from the spread of Estuary English to the Midlands? So how about Nottnumers?

Actually, looking back over that, Nottimers, Nottamers or Nottnumers are probably about the best of the bunch.

Somebody must have a better idea however; it would be good for the city to have a widely accepted dweller epithet.

If anyone happens to read this, any ideas will be greatly appreciated. I shall be deeply offended, but probably entertained, if they disrespect this great city though.

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