Thanks to everyone who came to Beeston Library for my "Virtual" Watson Fothergill Walk. I had some great feedback on the talk and I really enjoyed it. I hope I can do some more talks in this format as it's a good way to experience part of the tour without the walking (and I get… Continue reading Stop Press: Sunday Walk Added. Beauty In The Details: Lace Market Tour
After a good look around in Sherwood, I went for a further wander and caught a bus to Carlton to see if I could find the Brewery at Mar Hill (A71). Away from the bus route, deep into Carlton, I found the building. It was originally built for Mr Vickers, in 1899. It was convereted… Continue reading Light Industrial Buildings by Watson Fothergill.
I took the opportunity to have another look at the Ukrainian Centre (A.K.A. Clawson Lodge A43) as the Sherwood Christmas Craft Fair was taking place. Not only did I see some charming work by local artists Corinna Rothwell and Eloise Renouf (among others), I also ate a nice little sour-dough pie from Small Food Bakery.… Continue reading Fothergill Watson in Sherwood (slight return).
I'm planning to do some more of my short walks in the Lace Market with Debbie Bryan in December. The walk takes place at 2pm on 7th December, with a look at the architecture and history of St Mary's Gate. These tours will be similar to the Heritage Open Days tours that took place in… Continue reading Beauty In The Details: Christmas Edition!
A visit to London and I pulled in quite a few Victorian landmarks including Thomas Carlyle's House, using the last couple of days on my Art Fund Card (highly recommended if you visit a lot of museums). Carlyle's House features a bust of the writer on the front of the building, the portrait sculpted by… Continue reading Benjamin Creswick in London
Fothergill Watson was born in Mansfield in 1841. Until the death of his father, he lived at a house called The Linden on Chesterfield Road. (I believe it was situated somewhere close to where the big Tesco is now). His half-brother, Robert Mackie Watson lived at the Linden until his own death in 1906. Fothergill… Continue reading A Second Fothergill Safari: Mansfield
Thank you to everyone who came out to walk with me on Sunday (30 September 2018). The next walk will be on 21 October 2018 at 10am. Get your tickets here: EVENTBRITE Once again the walk will conclude at Debbie Bryan with tea or coffee and cake included in your ticket. Debbie's tea room also… Continue reading Watson Fothergill Walk 21 October 2018
The last part of this search for some of Watson Fothergill's buildings in Nottingham lead me to Mapperley Road (after a brief stop for much needed tea at Homemade Cafe in the Pavillion on The Forest Rec.) Up on the corner of Mansfield Road and Mapperley Road is St Andrew's House. (A48 in the Fothergill… Continue reading Watson Fothergill Safari Part Three: Mapperley Road
The next leg of my exploration of Nottingham's lesser spotted Watson Fothergill buildings took me to Sherwood Rise, up from the roundabout where the Goose Fair goose is now installed for its annual roost. The first houses you come to walking up from the roundabout are a pair of semi-detached villas at 1 & 3… Continue reading Watson Fothergill Safari Part Two: Sherwood Rise
Starting from Sherwood I decided to explore a few of Fothergill's buildings on foot... it turned into something of an urban safari. Using Darren Turner's excellent catalogue of Fothergill's works as my guide, I wandered down Mansfield Road to get a little closer to some of the houses that remain in the area. (I'll give… Continue reading Watson Fothergill Safari Part One: Carrington