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?

Lilian calling in Narrowmarsh

Calling on the estate of Cliff Road, Shortwood Close and Harnett Close.
– Pleasure at action taken to clear the playing field.
Concern over plans to take field away and with proximity of proposed new road.
– Many already contacted by a proposed Residents Association to replace the neighbourhood watch.
– A number of hedgerows and trees have been allowed to grow so as to walking on pavements has been hindered.
– Protection for Lime trees.
– Parking problems are generally tacked by permits, save for one complaint.
– A couple of properties feel the bathrooms need improving.
– Can more be done for recycling?
– Mixed views on Britain’s membership of the EU.
(For me, the proximity of BioCity was another reminder of why remaining in is important for jobs and prosperity.)

Tents camp on Cliff Road

Residents will be surprised to hear that the tent camp on their playing field is not a protest, but the organisers’ vision of a support service which “will stay to protect the homeless and work with them to help change there mental state so they can stay clean of drugs and alcohol”.
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This quote from a comment to a Framework blog post.
Cllr. Jon Collins sums up the blog post itself as showing – “… no need for anybody else to sleep rough either with Nottingham’s ‘no second night out policy'”.
“Blog endorses our approach – No second night out, empty properties not suitable and council tackling the issue.”

Protest camp on Cliff Road

Protestors have camped on the playing fields on Cliff Road.
The protest has moved from being on Station Street (by Loxley House, the city council’s main office).
The council believes arrangements are in place so that no person from Nottingham needs to sleep rough on our streets for a second night.

Protest is a part of life in our free society and there is never a protest that doesn’t cause some inconvenience for people who are not directly involved.

Residents do have concerns but they know what it’s like for people who don’t think they get a fair end of the stick too. They are trusting that the protest is legitimate.

The playing fields were created in response to residents’ demand and, at the moment, they and their children can’t use the field for what it was designed for.

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Photo by BBC News Nottingham.
Residents are anxious that the playing area is properly looked after and returned in good state, including the grass and the sand pit; and that no public health issues arise that are not then dealt with.

Uniformed officers have been at the site and been to visit residents too.

Tales of the Narrowmarsh

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A beautiful council housing estate of the thirties under the cliff that supports the Saxon part of the old city centre.
Was once a significant overcrowded housing area, where a good deal of the radical political campaigning of the 19th Century came from. Narrowmarsh was home to the first working-class library in the world.
As before various bits of casework picked up whilst leafleting.
Met a women, in her thirties, with a spring in her step.
“I’m from Romania” and soon into explaining how she and her partner, work, are qualified doctors, in micro-biology and do research at the new technological facility nearby.
Clearly resentful of some of the portrayal of Romanian people, she was clear she wasn’t voting for UKIP.