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The comic character, Desperate Dan, was created by Nottingham artist Dudley Dexter Watkins.

In 1855 A man sold his wife, for one shilling and a pint of ale, in St. Peter’s Square.

When Nottingham Castle was burnt down in 1831, the Duke Of Newcastle received compensation of £21,000.

On January 31st 1968, BBC Radio Nottingham went on air for the first time

In 1908, Nottingham’s first public telephone box was installed in Theatre Square.

Chris Gascoine, who plays Peter Barlow in the TV soap Coronation Street, was born in Huthwaite.

Actor and comedian Norman Pace (Hale & Pace) grew up in Newark.

HP Sauce was invented by a grocer named Frederick Gibson Garton of Basford.

Have you any interesting or boring acts about the area?

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Sir Donald Wolfitt was born and brought up in Newark.

Lemuel Gulliver (Gulliver's Travels) was born on his father's Nottinghamshire estate.

I was born at the Firs myself!!!

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In 1855 A man sold his wife, for one shilling and a pint of ale, in St. Peter’s Square.

Of course a shilling was a shilling in them days.

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The Nags Head pub on Mansfield Road used to be where condemned men were offered a last drink before being taken to the gallows at the junction of Mansfield Road and Forest Road

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Nottingham was the first place in England to record an earthquake in 1180.

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Tommy Steele made his stage debut at the Nottingham Empire in 1956

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The building that used to be the Capitol Cinema on Churchfield Lane (off Alfreton Road) is a grade II listed building and currently used as a Mount Zion Millenium Church.

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Traffic lights are said to have been invented by a Nottinghamshire man - John Peake Knight (1828 - 1886)

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Samuel Widdowson invented shin guards for football players in 1874.

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The first home videp recorder was invented & made here in Nottingham.

The Telcan, produced by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company and demonstrated on June 24, 1963,[5] was the first home video recorder. It could be bought as a unit or in kit form for £60. However, there were several drawbacks: it was expensive, not easy to put together, and could record only 20 minutes' output at a time in black and white.[6][7][8]

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The carpet & bed store (United Carpet & Beds) on Hartley Road (formerly Outgang Lane) used to be the Windsor Cinema which closed in 1963.

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Arsenal play in red because they once came up to Nottingham for a match with Forest and had left their kit behind, Forest lent them their's and they kept it!

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Nottingham was the first place in England to record an earthquake in 1180.

Is that the one that brought down the Lincoln Cathedral spire, at the time making it the tallest building in the known world.

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Is that the one that brought down the Lincoln Cathedral spire, at the time making it the tallest building in the known world.

Apparently not. According to this site the spire wasn't built until 1311 and collapsed (not due to an earthquake) in 1548. However, a previous version of the cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake in 1185:

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2013/11/when-lincoln-cathedral-was-the-tallest-building-in-the-world/

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Speaking of football shirts , Notts County inspired Juventus choice of shirt and don't forget Herbert Kilpin, butchers son of Mansfield Road that formed the now mighty A.C.Milan

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Desperately-seeking-football-legend-Kilpin-s/story-20988727-detail/story.html

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Nottinghamshire legend Robin Hood regularly visited the Market Square's Weatherspoons before looting John Lewis.

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Captain Athelston Popkess, the Chief Constable of Nottingham City Police, was appointed "Air Raid Precautions Controller" for the city - long before war broke out in 1939.

Taken from an excellent book currently on loan from the library. Battle of the Flames (Nottinghamshire's fight for survival in WW11) by David Needham.

An excellent read, full of good local photographs and eye witness accounts for anyone interested in that period of Nottingham's history.

Smiffy

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The Nottingham Panthers were founded by Malcolm X in 1964, as he tried to spread the word of black liberation in the East Midlands - Fact!

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Captain Athelston Popkess, the Chief Constable of Nottingham City Police,

When he was Chief Constable in the late 30s, he was responsible for Nottingham police cars being the first in the country to have two-way radios.

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The Nottingham Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1067 as a reaction to extortionate house prices in The Park and City Center.

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#12.

Im familar with the building as I worked there for a couple of years when it was Carpetmania/United Carpets in the early part of this century

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The Nottingham Panthers were founded by Malcolm X in 1964, as he tried to spread the word of black liberation in the East Midlands - Fact!

You shoulkd have posted this in the Jokes thread!

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Ibuprofen was first made in Nottingham by Dr. Stewart Adams.

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Forest hold the record for the highest score away from home in the FA Cup, 14 - 0 against Clapton (who?) in 1891.

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