History of Broad Marsh by NottsFlix

The Broadmarsh shopping centre regenerates; the video author is a Doctor Who fan.

Ran into this 3 part video history series after seeing a travel vlog.
Written and presented by Michael, of Nottsflix, and published in 2018 and 2019, this is a pretty impressive effort if, as claimed, this was his first attempt. It tries to be light-hearted.
I’m not an historian so can’t know is everything is right, but it seemed pretty compelling to me.
A history of the Broadmarsh shopping centre, starting with what Broad Marsh itself was, how it was known to be a monastery, how it was taken over for various trades, how living conditions came to be so intolerable despite the wealth being generated in the city, why the shopping centre came about and why it has the brutalist architecture (albeit, 3rd wave, muted brutalist architecture).
Michael has also found letters from the protestors against the shopping centre being built, although seems a little unclear as why the council was so keen (suggesting something dark and underhand).
Not sure. One of the losses that at one stage the early and much more ambitious proposals for regeneration wanted to re-instate was the previous city streets plan for that area (although that was also compromised by Maid Marian Way. That optimistic time was first publicly promoted I think in 1997, but the scale of the proposals was huge, and the then owner Westfield, had other projects, e.g. Derby’s shopping centre, that were easier to do and so done first.

Meanwhile – look the videos up –
The Shopping Centre with Too Much History | Broadmarsh #1 | Nottsflix History (November 2018)
The Shopping Centre with A Dark Past | Broadmarsh #2 | Nottsflix History (March 2019)
The Shopping Centre Rises | Broadmarsh #3 | Nottsflix History (August 2019)

Marking the Cheese Riots

Cllr Mohammed Saghir, the Lord Mayor, and workers from a local cheese shop mark the Great Nottingham Cheese Riots that took place 250 years (and 10 days) ago, and which saw the then Mayor bowled over by a barrel-shaped cheese.
This small event is to be covered by the N Post and Notts TV, and featured the workers rolling cheese at the Mayor.  Of course, the history is that the Mayor was on the side of those selling the cheese and it was the would-be customers who had stolen cheese they could no longer afford and then used it as a kind of weapon.
But at least this bit of coverage will remind people that an event took place, when people desperate for their future welfare stood up for themselves.

Peck Lane 2016

A narrow lane, running north-south, just east of Exchange Walk, narrow, not particularly used but with a special place in Nottingham’s radical histreh.

Cos the story is that in this narrow lane, the Mayor of Nottingham was said to be bowled over by a barrel-shaped cheese during the first evening of the Great Cheese Riot of 1766.
This seems to be a cause of some hilarity, although Mayors have for some time been elected representatives.  It also seems the Mayor was actually knocked over in the open square, which seems a bit more careless on the part of the Mayor.
Today I think a hundredweight of cheese would cost around £330 (based on £2.25 for 350g of extra mature cheddar from the Co-Op; ‘Measuring Worth’ suggests £1.20 then is the equivalent of £150 today, so either my calculations are wrong (very probable), or perhaps we should be having a riot of our own!)
On Thursday, 2nd October 1766 (first day of Goose Fair, then held in the Market Square) it was costing between £1.20 and £1.80 – judged too high by Nottingham residents who’d seen the cheeses being bought by traders from Lincolnshire.
A riot was started in the evening and cheeses were both stolen and rolled along streets as weapons.
After failing to quell the riot, civil authorities called in cavalry and infantry from Derby. There were  disturbances in the Friday evening, and shots were fired into the crowds.  It’s not clear how many were hurt, but one man died of his injuries (he appears to have been trying to protect cheese from being stolen – a case of death by ‘friendly fire’).  Crowds were dispersed, but went out to Trent Bridge to take from a boat laden with cheese.
There were further disturbances on both the Saturday and the Monday.
My notes are based on the pamphlet written by Nottingham Radical History Group.

The ridiculous Red Lion

Whilst checking out where Nottingham victims of the Battle of Jutland lived, I saw old maps at the Local Studies Library, and was surprised to see what is now London Road island, marked as Red Lion Square. But why?
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With the help of library staff today, saw this reference card.
A ridiculous attempt to rename the Narrow Marsh!
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But why “Red Lion”? Sounds like a pub.
This 1987 clipping said the location of any pub called the “Red Lion” was unknown.
Staff have now reported that they’d found a reference to the Red Lion Inn, Plumptre Square, in an 1835 Trade Directory; Red Lion Street was named after the Inn, which was later demolished. Even when the Red Lion Square existed, locals prefered to refer to Plumptre Square.
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Is the notion of “Southside” just a 21st century version of the “Red Lion area”?
With the exception that some take to the Queens Road and Crocus Street neighbourhood not being referred to as The Meadows, I wonder if Westcroft Meadows might ever come back?

Nottingham Castle caves tour

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Excellent value for a fiver. Shown around by “Friar Tuck”. Just a hint of the stories follows.

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From the top of the cliff, reminder of why the Normans built the castle, the extent o the ground and where King Charles raised his standard; how it oversees the river Trent; but the town was actually started by the Saxons, under King Snot, on the other sandstone outcrop that is now the Lace Market.

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The sandstone is so soft. First occupants – the Celts. King Richard, Prince John, the siege.

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Edward II, Queen Isabella, Edward III and the gruesome end to Mortimer – once held in the cave which became known as Mortimer’s Hole.
Gruesome stories – see the mother holding on to her son.

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How the tunnel was also a pigeon loft and a placement for cannons. How the castle was stripped of so much. Tales of the Civil War.

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The tunnel as a service route from the River Leen, before it was re-directed. The castle being re-built as a Georgian palace. The burning down of the castle in 1831; and the gas explosion of 1906.

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The ground entrance to the caves.

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Other business at the base of the castle, including brewing. And the oldest pub in England – The Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

Light Night Elemental Force

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“Elemental Force”, a light show projected onto the north wall of the Georgian Palace, telling stories from the history of Nottingham, matching images to the position of the windows framed in the wall, connecting to fireworks and ejection of flame. A special presentation, although hard to capture but needed a higher spec camera to capture it the way the eye could see.
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The show finished with a fireworks display above the castle.
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Civil war society members attended to emphasise the history.
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Ted Cantle, former Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council, presenting “Raising the Standard”, a bid to the National Lottery for new depth and width to the experience of a visit to the castle, doing more to celebrate the original castle, more to celebrate the rebellions that have taken place in Nottingham; building on the caves, the history elsewhere in the city, the shopping and the food and drink in the city centre.

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Some nice coverage in the Nottingham Post. Video and article here. Gallery here.