Heading: Historical themes

Link to the Agriculture pagesAGRICULTURE
Farming is the basis of human existence. The land of Notts has been farmed for as long as man has colonised the countryside...

Link to the Agriculture pagesALMSHOUSES
Almshouses have their origins in the medieval ecclesiastical institutions. The giving of alms was a Christian duty and both giver and recipient ...

Link to the Agriculture pagesCANALS
The roads of late-18th century England were inadequate for the transport of heavy or bulky goods such as coal and ore ...

Link to the Folklore and Customs pagesTHE COAL INDUSTRY
Coal has been mined in Nottinghamshire for many centuries, but for a long time this was simply surface mining.

Link to the Folklore and Customs pagesEVACUATION IN WORLD WAR II
A small child stands, well scrubbed, tightly buttoned up in their best clothes, suitcase in hand, gasmask strapped across their chest ...

Link to the Folklore and Customs pagesFOLKLORE
Originally coined in 1846 by W.J. Thoms, the term ‘folklore’ has come to encompass seasonal customs, beliefs, legends, traditional arts...

Link to food pagesFOOD
The revision of Jack Drummond’s The Englishman’s Food in 1957 began a gradual process of opening up the study of the history of food.

INDUSTRY
Nottinghamshire has passed through various phases in terms of industry and manufacturing. In the medieval period manufacturing was...

INDUSTRY: BOOTS
Boots is one of the oldest and most trusted brands on the British high street and its roots have been firmly based in Nottingham for over...

INDUSTRY: BREWING
Nottinghamshire has been lucky to have had several good breweries within its boundaries. Water from the River Trent has played a vital role...

INDUSTRY: LACE
Lace was first knitted by machine in the 1760s and, as it was sold through the town of Nottingham with other products from the knitting...

INDUSTRY: LEATHER
In 1861 two brothers, Edward and John Turney, built a tannery and began to make leather on a site next to the River Trent ...

INDUSTRY: METAL BOX CO.
If you have a metal sweet tin, a tobacco tin, tea caddy or a cake tin the chances are that it was made by the Metal Box Company ...

INDUSTRY: PLAYERS & CO.
From when it was first established as a business, John Player & Sons has had a huge impact on the community in Nottingham...

INDUSTRY: RALEIGH
Raleigh has a special place in the history of Nottingham. It not only brought international recognition for its innovatory designs...

Link to Nonconformity in 17th century NottinghamshireFROM PURITANISM TO NONCONFORMITY IN 17th CENTURY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
The religious landscape of England was to change profoundly...

Link to Riot and Rebellion pagesPOLICE AND POLICING
Common Law, the law applicable to all people in England and still applicable today, was created in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189).

Link to Riot and Rebellion pagesPOVERTY, THE POOR AND THE WORKHOUSE
The problem of the poor, and of relieving the poor, goes back many centuries...

Link to public health pagesPUBLIC HEALTH
After 1815 the rapid growth in the size of the major towns led to over-crowding, badly-built houses and shortages of pure water...

Link to Railways pagesRAILWAYS
The earliest reference to a railway in the county is contained in a 1604 lease between Sir Percival Willoughby and Huntingdon ...

Link to Retailing pagesRETAILING
In the not too distant past Nottingham had shopping outlets leading from every compass point into the heart of the city ...

Link to Riot and Rebellion pagesRIOT AND REBELLION
Nottingham gained a reputation as a centre for riotous behaviour associated with political radicalism. The town authorities were...

Link to Sport pagesSPORT
Nottinghamshire has a wealth of sporting history; some of which carries on today and others have long been relegated to the history...