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    I am a very active OpenStreetMap contributor in the Nottingham area. I convene a monthly meeting for those interested in OpenStreetMap: usually at the Lincolnshire Poacher. See

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  1. Bit late to this, but I presume the OP was referring to the little park at the top of College Street, which I think is called "The Bay of Biscay", see the bottom of this page which is a 1928 article from the Thoroton Society transactions for use of the name. Botany Bay were allotments (probably Botany Bay Gardens originally, if they followed naming of others in the area) and are clearly shown on Sanderson's 1835 Map "20 Miles Around Mansfield " IIRC, which I think is the same period as the map that Cliff Ton posted. They were still present on the 1st editions 6 inch and 25 inch maps but not named.
  2. Ben Bowers became 1877 and then had a brief existence as a bar, The Late Lounge. A girl I was at school with worked at Ben Bowers in the late '70s. Before then, until some time in the early 1970s, it was a hardware store. The firm is still in business, as Hall's Locksmiths at 92 Alfreton Road. They moved from Canning Circus to a larger shop on Derby Road near the Danish Homestore, perhaps as the locksmithing side of the business took off. Another school friend had a Saturday job there. I have no idea when they decamped to Alfreton Road. I checked 116 Talbot St, and it's now definitely part of the Talbot Studios complex. I took a few photos too: I'd forgotten about the dodgy Gents on Canning Circus: have added it to my map of old public loos: There's a separate thread about Clowers, which seems to support my memory that they were part of the Co-op.
  3. Just noticed the other day that it looks as though the massive Bulwell Stone retaining wall on Wollaton Street has gone. I remember going looking at cars in the showroom there with Mum & Dad in 1973, a Saab would have been a better choice than the Ford Zephyr they opted for in the end. I took a couple of Mapillary sequences from the top deck of an Orange Line bus (unfortunately only before works started, and after it was completed, on Talbot Point): they may of (historical) interest: July 2014: May 2017: Obviously there are also older Google StreetView images too. According to this 1951 trade directory Pope & Parr (stained glass makers) were located at 116 Talbot Street in 1951: The entry itself: My memory only locates them in the building which was demolished to build Talbot Studios. They are now on Daleside Road, obliquely across the BP petrol station. I think 116 is now part of Talbot Studios: certainly all entries with that address are listed as historical on Nottingham Insight Mapping. Does anyone know if Heart Church are direct successors of Elim Pentecostal Church which was what the church was called in the '70s? More recently it was The Christian Centre. We've still got it listed as being part of Assemblies of God on OpenStreetMap, but I suspect that's out-of-date.
  4. Many thanks, we'll have to go and check those out, although for various reasons there are more of us on the S & W of the city than Carlton way.
  5. OSM-Nottingham shows the locations of the boundary posts of which we (local OpenStreetMappers) are aware:,1,15&l=markersposts. This should, in practice, be most of them because they are now generally listed by Historic England (which may be noted if you click on the dots on the map).
  6. Somewhere, but don't know where, I have a stash of programmes from Nottingham Playhouse roughly covering the period from 1967-1976. Off the top of my head & roughly in chronological order here are some of the ones I can remember: Treasure Island (1966-67 IIRC). The guns scared me, but terrified my younger brother so we had to leave. Jack & the Beanstalk, pantomime (either Xmas 1966 or 1967). This was IIRC the only panto the Playhouse put on during this period. Stop it Whoever You Are by Henry Livings (late '60s) Hedda Gabler (late '60s) The Workhouse Donkey (late '60s) Midsummer Nights Dream. This was put on twice around 1968. First as a regular season production and then, somewhat incongruously, as the Xmas family play. I presume whatever had been planned for Christmas had fallen through. Bill Maynard played Bottom. Dirty Dick by Pinero (late '60s). Hero Rises Up (late '60s). About Horatio Nelson. School for Scandal (late '60s) The Alchemist (late '60s) Macbeth (late '60s) Twelfth Night (1970) Lulu (1970). A pre-West End run. Tour de force part for the lead. Somewhere I have the script with costume changes. Hamlet (Autumn 1970). Alan Bates as Hamlet & Celia Johnson as Gertrude. This was another pre-West End run with most of the minor parts being played by regular members of the Playhouse repertory company. For instance Alec Heggie, who played the lead in Nicholas Nickleby, played at least 4 parts in Hamlet as well. Nicholas Nickleby (Xmas 1970), by Ned Sherrin & Caryl Brahms. I think this was also a tryout for a West End play. I believe it was reworked in later years. No relation to the RSC Nickleby. Waiting for Godot (March 1971). With Peter O'Toole. Only ran for a week IIRC. The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (memory says around 1971 but was 1969). Leonard Rossiter as Ui. British premier of this lesser known Brecht play (done not that long ago at The Lace Market). See Green Leaves of Nottingham (1972) adapted from book by Pat McGrath. Many teenage members of the saturday morning Theatre Workshop sessions appeared in this. Taming of the Shrew (about 1974) The National Health (about 1974) Canterbury Tales (~1975). Rather naughty. Seem to remember Cherie Lunghi who was a member of the rep. company at the time appearing in a state of undress. Touched by Stephen Lowe (1977). Playhouse company took this to the 1977 Edinburgh Festival. Set in Nottingham. Didn't particular like this at the time. Travesties (Sept. 1976). Stoppard play. Saw this again years later at the Barbican, and was amazed to realise Anthony Sher played the same role in both nearly 20 years apart. I also know Brassneck & The Comedians were premiered at the Playhouse in the 1970s, but I have no contemporaneous memories of either. I've also tried to recall the names of members of the company, but can't get much further than these: Ralph Nosseck, Peter Whitbread, Cherie Lunghi, Alec Heggie, Backstage I think the Wardrobe Mistress was called something like Daisy Stamp, and I think she had a sister working there too. Patrick Robertson was the main designer: he later returned to London and did some productions for ENO at the Coliseum. Most programmes listed virtually everyone who worked there, with the exception of assistant stage managers who would only be there for a few months working for their Equity card. Hope this might trigger some more memories. PS. I should add: I was in the cast of NIcholas Nickleby as one of the schoolboys of Dothebey Hall.
  7. The only other thing I remember about Marsdens was a big bacon slicer. All 4 shops at Hillside are pretty small. The Tennis Club was the Co-op Western Club (later Hillside Club). I don't know when the tennis side was dropped, there were weekly coaching sessions for kids in the '70s. The club closed fairly recently (2009 I think) the premises being demolished only in the last couple of years. Various plans have been suggested for the land to be used for housing or as part of the whizzy biomedical campus, but recently it's just been overflow parking for QMC staff during the tram works. The Lenton Times has recently had an extensive article on the Co-op sports facilities (much of the newer housing on Arnesby Road and roads off was a Co-op sports field).
  8. I had no idea they were a chain! There was one at the Hillside shops on Derby Road (where Savera Tandoori is now). I hated running errands there when I was a kid, little old ladies would brazenly queue jump. It must have closed by the early '70s after which it was a chip shop owned by a Labour councillor (Bob Churchill?) becoming the Savera in 1984. Certainly it was gone by the mid-seventies because the off-licence next door became more of a convenience shop then.
  9. Thought folk might be interested in a view of the area created with modern(ish) Environment Agency Lidar (laser scanning) data; steet overlay from OpenStreetMap:
  10. The Daybrook emerges from a culvert under the Fox and then does a right-angle bend along the east side of the old sports ground. All easily visible from the overflow car park of the Fox. I think it then turns again to run along the north side. I presume one reason this hasn't been developed is that it's in the 10 or 25 year flood risk area for the Daybrook: there's an Env Agency paper about this which I read recently. SK53 PS. Another project is to work out where the Daybrook culvert goes between the Fox & the High School playing fields.
  11. Long time lurker, first post! I've been intrigued for ages by a patch of waste ground next to the Fox pub on Valley Road. Recently driving past I noticed that it seems to have a patch of reeds growing in the centre. So on Sunday I stopped there and took a couple of photos. My first though was that this might have been where the railway crossed Valley Road, but this was quickly disabused when I looked at the line of the railway. Checking old maps on the city council website shows this as tennis courts either side of WWII, so it was presumably an old recreation ground. The land backs on to the site of the Vernon Road works so I wondered if the two were associated. More mapping here: OSM-Nottingham. Many thanks, SK53