photo credit: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
This is a photograph of one of my favourite local paintings that can be seen in the NOttingham Castle Museum and Gallery.
The image consists of the artist looking west from the Colwick area across the Trent Valley towards Derby.
On the right of the tree you can see the River Trent wending its ways through the valley with the old Trent Bridge crossing it next to the old Town Arms pub.
Behind the bridge is Clifton Wood on the outcrop overlooking the river.
A little further along is St Wilfrids Church, the church still remains but now is surrounded by WIlford Village, the village that was named after it.
The centre shows in the foreground St Anne's, Colwick and Sneinton leading down to where the west of the present city of Nottingham lies
The flat expance in the centre behind the bridge is the The Meadows, where I grew up. A large part of the Meadows is still flat playing fields but back when this picture was painted during the spring the meadows would be covered in crocus and also in the autumn when Nottingham's crocus flowered.
To the right of the meadows you can see an outcrop of rock with what looks like a big stately house. This is Castle Rock and the present Nottingham CAstle. When the painting was created the castle had newly been built.
Further right is a church. That is Church of St Mary the Virgin in the LaceMarket is the oldest religious foundation largest mediæval building in Nottingham.
Behind St Mary's is WOllaton Hall which was recently used as the new Wayne Manor in the last Batman movie
Finally the building on the left is actually quite out of actual situ. It is supposed to be Belvoir Castle which is actually q few miles south of the city and well over to the left had it originally been correctly placed in the picture.
Well there you go
Nottingham's famous Mortimers Hole.
Formed 230 million years ago from Bunter Pebble bed. Within this tip of an unusual area of rock is a tunnel that lead to the castle above The tunnel was used by Edward III in 1329 to seize control of his rightful place on the throne of England from his regent mother Queen Isabella and her lover, Roger Lord Mortimer.
Built into the side of the rock is the School Room and Toy Shop area of the Museum of Nottingham History at the Brewhouse Yard
Nottingham sits upon a soft sandstone ridge which can easily be dug with simple hand tools to create artificial cave dwellings. Indeed Nottingham was once known as Tigguo Cobauc meaning Place of Caves and was referred to as such by the Bishop of Sherborne Asser in The Life of King Alfred (893AD). There are over 400 caves under Nottingham and the above picture is just a few of those found beneath the Nottingham Castle.