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Our paths must of crossed Carnie.........perhaps i was with Brenda or even Shirley up the Castle........maybe you saw me laughing by the ''wishing well'' when my mate thru 'Half a Crown'' in and thought it was a 'Penny'' 

                Stood in same place as Albert and Rachel up the Castle (in sat night/Sunday morning.)..when i was introducing 'Donna' to Nottingham......even fell down them Pub Stairs........and got beat up by two brothers of Christine's.......ruined me suit they did........used to love going up the Castle with a date on Thursday half day closing.........The much 'Maligned' ''Nottingham Castle'' holds so many memories for us true 'Nottinghamians'' all happy ones...........

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I only wish you had posted them individually. 

I parked my battered old Anglia in that same spot Ben. When I were taking my disabled son for a visit.

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On 6/25/2021 at 4:08 PM, carni said:

The last time I was at the Castle was with Chris, to meet up with DJ and Chulla for a roam around, a much enjoyed experience and great company to be with.  Being as my memory doesn't serve me well anymore, I can't be sure how many years have passed since our visit, or how much was the entrance fee. 

 

I remember it well Chris.  I spent a week 'house sitting' for my brother, and took the opportunity to do a lot of overdue stuff in Nottm.  For example..I travelled the entire length of the Tram system..seeing parts of Nottingham I'd never seen before..

 

As to the castle.  I was a bit late turning up that day and arrived at the castle all of a fluster.  I asked the chap on the gate if he'd seen a party of old folks who looked a bit confused.. but he hadn't.  The entrance fee was £5, but I was assured that would last me for six months...  Such a benefit was, to me, about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.. but I paid up.

 

As I recall, I encountered you and Chris, plus the late lamented Dave (Chulla) up on the Castle terrace.  There is a series of pics on here somewhere that I took that day. It will be in 'members only' somewhere.

 

We finished by going for a drink and a bite in a pub somewhere below the castle.. though I don't recall exactly which one.

 

It was a nice day.

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Would go to the castle with my friend Wendy  every Sunday, cost to get to Slab Square on the 40/47 trolly bus about 1d then up to the castle, which was tanner/ 6d to get in. It would always backfire on Wendy and myself as it was not the castle we went to see, but to see what boys were about. Sat on the grass watching listning to top 40 on the trannie, for hours never did meet any one though. Back to the 40/47 bus stop then home.  ps talking of the stars who played Robin Hood one name missed out was Richard Todd.

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5 hours ago, DJ360 said:

I asked the chap on the gate if he'd seen a party of old folks who looked a bit confused.. but he hadn't.

Ha Ha Cheeky Devil..................True Though.:P

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Sorry if this has already been covered but .. Did anyone see an item on the BBC 'One Show' (which I normally ignore..) about ''Nottingham Catchfly?"

 

It's a wildflower which was originally common around the Castle but had seemingly disappeared.  Somebody had distributed seeds which locals grew, and the species is now being re-planted in 'the wild'.

 

I'd never heard of the plant but I looked it up in my 'W Keble Martin's Concise British Flora' and it gets a mention. Latin Name 'Silene Nutans'  It's not exactly an endangered species as it occurs in other areas, mostly in the South and East portion of Britain, as well as Nottinghamshire.  Its other common name is 'Nodding Catchfly'.  The 'Catchfly' bit comes from its habit of closing up at night which can catch unwary insects... or something...  :blink:

 

https://images.app.goo.gl/DDbyhL3AZno48pZj9

 

Better pic here:  https://images.app.goo.gl/znjDQFYGxFh2R8Co8

 

 

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Yes, I saw the programme as well.  Not the prettiest wildflower I’ve ever seen tbh but it was nice to see a bit of Nottingham on the TV

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Yes, saw that D.J.
It's been missing from around the Castle, hence the project to restore it there.

 

I think I've been digging them up for years in my garden, I'm going to watch out for them now.

My garden tends to be "Natural", I only dig out the rampant weeds.

Other 'natural' things I find are, rusty bolts, lumps of iron and in 33 years only 1 broken wagon plate.

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We went round the wild flower nursery at Langar some years ago. It was interesting to see them selling the same ‘weeds’ that I had been digging up  and chucking on the compost heap that same day!

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A 'weed' is just a plant in the 'wrong' place.

 

The Nottingham Catchfly is closely related to the White Campion and the Bladder Campion, as well as the Red Campion.

We have loads of Red Campion around here, but I haven't seen any white.

From my yoof, in Nottm, I recall seeing various white flowers which I tended to call 'White Campion'.

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Have a lovely day Tel. Hope you've got your £14s ready.

Don't take any nine bob notes in your change. Enjoy...

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10 hours ago, PeverilPeril said:

We are visiting the refurbished castle tomorrow. Anyone been yet?

Promised to take my grandchildren which I will soon as my bank loan comes through. 

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On 7/20/2021 at 9:55 PM, PeverilPeril said:

We are visiting the refurbished castle tomorrow. Anyone been yet?

My son has been to do some filming there so not as a customer as such but what he saw he thought was pretty good as a tourist attraction. 

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Yes, the Castle is a good tourist attraction. The visitor experience is more about Robin Hood, with smatterings of Medieval England. The art gallery had some interesting stuff but was laid out seemingly at random. The Paul Smith exhibition was excellent as was the Nottingham Lace gallery. As local  people we would like to have seen a more 'Nottingham' theme with a nod towards the Raleigh, Players, coal, etc. Overseas visitors will only have heard about Nottingham through the films and stories of Robin Hood and maybe Nottingham lace, so as a tourist attraction it has succeeded but for us Nottingham people it was just OK'ish. We will go back with the great grandkids - the Robin Hood Adventure looks great.

The restuarant was very noisy due to the acoustics. Tourist prices and quality.

To be honest, Nottingham Castle, apart from it's history, is not in the same league as many other castles, so the designers of the Castle experience only had the history and fine settings to work with.

Because we used to 'go up the Castle' for free, the £12 concession entry fee and having to book smacks a bit as profiteering but we will go again. 

 

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I agree with most of your comments PP,  our 8 year old granddaughter came to stay for the weekend and we took her to the Castle.  When I booked the tickets online on Thursday there were no slots left for the Cave Tour nor the Robin Hood Experience.  This was disappointing because they are the kind of things that an 8 year old child would enjoy, rather than wandering through galleries.  Never mind, we arrived at our allotted time, moved fairly quickly through the different galleries and did wonder where all the £30 million had been spent.  I did enjoy the Paul Smith exhibition and would have spent more time in there but it wasn’t easy with a child wanting to move on.  I agree that not enough has been made (yet) of the long lost local industries but then seeing as all the Paul Smith items have been loaned to the Castle I assume that at some stage he’ll want it all back, especially the pictures from his private collection.  Our granddaughter enjoyed the Adventure Playground very much so we had a little rest while watching her in there.  
We’ll go back another day soon, mid-week, when schools are back and without our young un, we might enjoy the visit next time.

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Went to the Castle yesterday, the Paul Smith exhibition  was closed, it was not worth the entrance fee. The kids hideout was good for under 10s, apart from that it was disappointing.

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They need to up their game Den, despite the Council spending millions on the big house on the rock it isn’t a fun experience for young families.  Our granddaughter is bright and anxious to learn but she was bored in there.  The only display she was at all interested in was all the Albert Ball VC paraphernalia, and that was because I was able to tell her that her Great Great Grandmother knew the handsome brave young airman and then showed her all my Albert treasures when we got back home.  

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Lizzie i remember going to the castle many times at lunch time when i was at the PCFE which was across the road i remember seeing Albert Balls WW1 paraphernalia the exhaust pipe with the bullet hole (s) in it pleased it is still there.

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