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The Old Market Square

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The topic of Hope Bros.store led me to an old image of Just Pants Plus..situated on Angel Row.56242-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgRediffusion..the home of great soul singles flanks the right hand side of Bromley House.

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The Changing shops of Angel Row...62153-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgPerrys and a Lipton Store on a drizzly 1955 day.

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1950's again...0-1865546-JPG.jpgPearson & Pearson are still there..and Morris's Wallpapers to the left.

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Bromley House still standing proud.63064-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgRediffusion and Mans Shop..1960's.

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And behind these B&W facades?..0-1907910.jpgThe town garden of Bromley House.

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My maternal grandmother worked as a librarian at Bromley House for a number of years prior to marrying my grandfather in 1918 when she retired. I've been a member of BH for several years and they found and showed me her name in their records. They bought her a tea service as a retirement gift apparently. It is a wonderful place and I love it, an oasis of calm in the heart of town.. The attic was the site of one of the first if not the first photographic studios in the city. It is currently undergoing a massive repair and restoration to the roof,  part funded by a lottery heritage grant. It's covered in scaffolding at the moment. They have had to move several tons of books to off site storage while the work takes place. 

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Can not believe your picture Ian. I haven't been to Nottingham in 12 years. Someone wants shooting!!!

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Can any member (ian123) tell me why it's called OLD market square , i know that years ago we had a market there, also when was it named slab square, 

We call these fountains you should go to "Antibes" France now that's what you call a town square with fountains.

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Well I would say it's a bit of state the obvious Mary, it's old, it's almost square, used to have a market on it & it was slabbed? 

 

I'm I correct & have a I won owt? What would you like to call it? 

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Just a guess - but given that the open market was held there until the 1920s (when the Council House was built and the market moved to Lower Parliament Street) I wonder if it was called ‘Market Square’ until then and the ‘Old’ was added after the market moved?

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The Old Market Square was called Market Place on maps up until the 1930s at least.

 

Old Market Square probably just means - square where the old market was held.

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The council house in the market square was officially opened 90 years ago today. Any one remember it?

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Last weekend I was at the Chesterfield Family History Fair. The Nottinghamshire Family History Society has a stand there and they were selling some excellent books. I bought 3: Nottingham city centre on old picture postcards, Nottingham's lost landmarks on old picture postcards and Nottingham events and disasters on old picture postcards. The postcards cover the years when my grandparents and parents lived there. In the city centre book is a photo of the Market Square showing "an informal pot market" at the top end of the square, near the statue of Victoria. People did buy pots from markets in those days and in Bradford there was a "pot man" who went around the estates selling pots. Great grandmother bought some, illustrated in my avatar. I never remember a "pot man" going around Bilborough. Also in the book is a good photo of Farmer's store. These little books of old postcards are interesting as the captions often say who produced the card and a little bit about the scene. Lots of social history. On 21st May 1906 the Nottingham Fire Brigade gave a demonstration at the Exchange. Great photo with firemen on the roof and lots of ladders! In the Yesterday's Nottinghamshire there are 50 of these little books about different parts of the city.

I had an interesting chat to the Nottinghamshire Family History Society people. Saturday was a great day out.

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We need more of this type of post on here,many thanks BilboroughShirley,books I shall now keep an eye open for

 

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Sneinton market in its heyday was the place for pots. There was a well known pot man there who had an interesting line of patter and theatrical way of handling and banging the crockery about on a tea chest.

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Best place for pot..when i did all-nighters..Danny The Rasta on Berridge Road..weed and skunk to die for!

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Wrong pot Ian  slywink

 

Rog

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