Heritage Open Days – Taster Walks

Beauty in the details: Guided Lace Market Tour in Nottingham

I’m going to be leading some short, free walks for Heritage Open Days (HODS) in September. In colaboration with Debbie Bryan, from her shop and tearoom in the Nottingham Lace Market.  I’ll be introducing the history of the buildings on St Mary’s Gate in the heart of the Lace Market, there will be a bit about Fothergill too…

Explore the hidden architectural gems around St Mary’s Gate and learn about the Lace Market on this short guided walk.

A taster walk looking at Lace Market history and architecture, including buildings by T.C. Hine and Watson Fothergill.

Visit Debbie Bryan | Enjoy 10% off in the tea room before and after the tour.

This tour of St Mary’s Gate begins at 11.15am at Debbie Bryan.

Tickets are free but please book in advance:

September 9th 2018, 11.15am

September 16th 2018, 11.15am

Debbie Bryan, 18 St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham

Black Boy Hotel Coffee Cup

While looking for pictures of Watson Fothergill’s buildings in bygone days, I stumbled upon some old postcards of Nottingham at the turn of the 19th century, this led me to a do a search on eBay and I found this item: a small coffee cup that porports to be from the Black Boy Hotel! The Nottingham coat of arms is on the cup and the saucer.


Of course, I had to make an offer… and low and behold it arrived in the post a couple of days later!


That’s a one cup cafetiere for scale… it’s a little larger than an espresso cup that you’d get today – perhaps people liked a short strong coffee back in the days of the Gentleman’s Lounge Bar?

Learn more about The Black Boy Hotel and Watson Fothergill’s work on the building on The Watson Fothergill Walk


The Black Boy Hotel Model

Last year the Nottingham Industrial Museum held a small exhibition about The Black Boy Hotel, a building that Fothergill worked on, on and off,  between 1886 and 1900.

The highlight of the exhibition was a scale model and I took some photographs:

Black Boy hotel exhibition poster

Learn more about Fothergill’s work on the Black Boy Hotel and its ultimate fate on the Watson Fothergill Walk.


5 Facts about Victorian Architect Watson Fothergill

Watson Fothergill
Watson Fothergill in later life, photo from http://www.watsonfothergill.co.uk/
  1. Fothergill Watson was born in 1841 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
  2. His work dates from 1863 to around 1912 and in that time he mainly worked in and around Nottingham.
  3. In 1892 he switched his name around by deed poll, in order to carry on his mother’s family name.
  4. He received a large inheritance from his father in law, Samuel Hage,one of the founding partners in Mansfield Brewery, and being comfortably off never saw the need to venture much beyond the county boundaries.
  5. Fothergill was well connected locally with a half-brother on the Mansfield Improvements Commission and the influential Brunts’ Charity, which lead to several building projects. The charity is still a going concern, with Almshouses in the Mansfield area.
Mansfield Brewery Building 2004
The original Mansfield Brewery building, circa 2004