Inside, Research, Watson Fothergill in Nottingham

Inside Thurland Street Bank

Observant Nottinghamians will have noticed some changes taking place in one of the city's largest Fothergill buildings recently. The sports bar chain Box has moved into the Former Nottingham & Notts Bank (lately All Saints and before that Nat West) on the corner of Pelham Street and Thurland Street. Picture of how the Thurland Street… Continue reading Inside Thurland Street Bank

Research, Travels

A Visit to Wightwick Manor & The De Morgan Foundation

Today (16th November) marks the anniversary of the birth in 1839 of the artist William De Morgan. William De Morgan portrait by Evelyn De Morgan and De Morgan shop sign in tiles at De Morgan Foundation, Wightwick Manor (better image at NPG) Photo: Lucy Brouwer De Morgan was a lifelong friend of William Morris, a… Continue reading A Visit to Wightwick Manor & The De Morgan Foundation

Nottingham Architects, T Cecil Howitt

A tour of the Council House with the former Lord Mayor

Earlier this year, the former Lord Mayor of Nottingham Wendy Smith accompanied me on the Watson Fothergill Walk… this week she invited me to take a tour of the interior of the Council House with her. As a former mayor, she knows more than most about this historic building. Completed in 1929, it was designed… Continue reading A tour of the Council House with the former Lord Mayor


Winter bookings

A massive "Thank you" to everyone who joined me for a guided tour of Nottingham's Victorian architecture this year! Dog walking group outside Queen's Chambers on the Watson Fothergill Walk, from earlier in the year. Photo: Lucy Brouwer I won't be doing ticketed walks again until Spring 2024... but in the meantime, if you have… Continue reading Winter bookings

Lawrence G Summers, Research

Inside Elm Bank… a house through time

Over on Instagram you might have seen an account called Inside Elm Bank, here the new owners of a Victorian villa in Mapperley Park are documenting their efforts to restore it to something of its original character. The house has some distinctive features that might be familiar to Fothergill-spotters. However, in this case, the alterations to… Continue reading Inside Elm Bank… a house through time

Events, Research, The Park Estate

Fothergill’s Buildings in The Park Estate

It has taken a lot of research but I've put together an illustrated talk on Fothergill's Buildings in The Park Estate... and some of the people who lived in them. I will be premiering this lecture for The Park Residents Association on Wednesday 4 October (7 pm for 7.30 pm) at The Park Tennis Club,… Continue reading Fothergill’s Buildings in The Park Estate


Walks in September & October 2023

Take the opportunity to join a 5-star rated guided tour of Nottingham’s Victorian Architecture. There are currently a limited number of tickets remaining for The Watson Fothergill Walk on Sunday 10 September 10 am & Sunday 24 September 10 am. I have also now added dates in October: Sunday 8 October 10 am & a rare… Continue reading Walks in September & October 2023

Influences, Research, Travels

Lichfield Cathedral

In June, I visited Lichfield and called in at the Cathedral - the relevance to this project being that such a visit was a massive inspiration to Fothergill Watson when he was a trainee architect. Lichfield Cathedral front. Photo: Lucy Brouwer Whilst working in Frederick Jackson’s office in Nottingham, Fothergill visited many buildings of architectural… Continue reading Lichfield Cathedral