Events, Lace Market

Lightest Night Heritage Tour

On June 21 Nottingham’s Creative Quarter are celebrating the longest day of the year with their Lightest Night summer party. There will be some later than usual opening for businesses around the Lace Market area, as part of these events I will be running my Beauty in the Details Lace Market Heritage tour, a short walk around the history of St Mary’s Gate in conjunction with Debbie Bryan’s shop.

Lightest Night 2019

Beauty in the Details is a shorter walk, on even terrain that is suitable for those who don’t want to walk too far or for too long. This tour will be about 45 minutes in total with time for refreshments at Debbie Bryan before and after and then chance to attend the Lightest Night event at St Mary’s Church afterwards. Starts at 5pm, Friday 21 June, 2019 at Debbie Bryan Shop.

I will also be running the same tour for Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June, 2019 (with added afternoon tea).

Explore the Adams Building on the Beauty in the Details tour.

The next dates for the Watson Fothergill Walk are 21 July 2019. Tickets are available here Eventbrite (2pm) and here (6pm).

Events, Watson Fothergill in Nottingham

Dates for June 2019

More dates for my walks are now booking as follows:

The Hine Hike, an evening walk exploring some of the Nottingham buildings of the Victorian architect Thomas Chambers Hine, will take place on Wednesday 5th June 2019, starting at 6pm. Tickets are £12, available here.

The Hine Hike: 5 June 2019, tickets here.

There will be another chance to join me for The Watson Fothergill Walk on Wednesday 12th June 2019, starting at 6pm. On this walk we will see some of Nottingham’s most striking Victorian buildings, designed by the architect Watson Fothergill (a.k.a. Fothergill Watson). Tickets are £12, available here.

Watson Fothergill Walk Evening Edition: 12 June 2019, tickets here.

The next opportunity to join me for the Debbie Bryan Edition of the Watson Fothergill Walk (including drinks and cake) will be 30th June 2019, 1pm. Tickets are £12 and can be found on Eventbrite: here.

30 June 2019: Afternoon walk, tickets here.

All those dates are in one place on Eventbrite here.

Tickets for my talk on Watson Fothergill and Thomas Cecil Howitt (architect of Nottingham’s Council House) at Nottinghamshire Archives, 10 May, 2019 2.30pm are available here.

My talk on TC Hine at West Bridgford Library on 25 June 2019 is now sold out. If you would like me to talk to your group about Watson Fothergill or TC Hine (similar format to the walking tours, but with photos and without the walking!) then please get in touch.

I am also available to take small parties (between 6 and 20 people) on walks to suit your group. Interested? Email me to discuss your needs.

Lucy on Broadway! Photo: Stavros Pouricas


Beauty in the Details: The Lace Market

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for the second Heritage Open Days tour, Beauty in the Details, on Sunday (16 September 2018). Several people have asked if there will be more short tours like this and I’m looking at making it a more regular thing. Meanwhile if you’re interested in the architecture (and history) of Nottingham’s Lace Market, and would like to commission a short tour, please contact me, Lucy Brouwer. I’m interested in exploring more opportunites and formats. More news as it happens!

Lucy Brouwer tour guide
Thanks to Katie at Debbie Bryan for the photo.

Meanwhile there’s a double bill of Watson Fothergill Walks on 30 September (just one ticket left at time of writing).

I’m hoping to fit another walk in in October… sign up to the mailing list for news of future dates.



Beauty In The Details: The Lace Market

Taking a look around St Mary’s Gate in preparation for my Heritage Open Days walks, I started to notice things about the buildings that I’d never noticed before. How the modern buildings mirror the shapes of the Victorian ones, how the details on each phase of the Adams Building are subtly different, how clean the buildings are compared to when I first saw them. Taking more time to look around, I have noticed details that, when you’re rushing from A to B you often miss.

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Door on Warser Gate (Photo: Lucy Brouwer).

Back when I first visited Nottingham as a kid, probably some time in the late 1980s, the Lace Market seemed a rather dark and neglected hinterland. Rarely would a visit into “the citeh” venture beyond the Market Square (or if I’m honest, beyond the food court in the Victoria Centre and later the racks of Selectadisc on Market Street).

Then, the old buildings were dirty, sooty, looming presences with shut up shops and the last remnants of the textile industry.

(Photos of the Adams Building now and before it was cleaned by Paul Harvey on Instagram)

Returning to Nottingham after only sporadic visits through the 1990s and early 2000s, the conservation of the buildings is the most noticable feature. The colours of the bricks and stones catch the light on sunny days, the details are visible as they might have been when they were first built.

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The Adams Building from St Mary’s Gate (Photo: Lucy Brouwer).

Learning about the history of the place and how much it has changed has made me see the beauty in the details.


Fothergill Watson / Watson Fothergill: One Architect, Two Names

Nottingham’s most famous Victorian architect Watson Fothergill (or as he was known for the first 50 or so years of his life, Fothergill Watson) produced some of the city’s most eye catching and idyosyncratic buldings. I want to take you on a tour of some of the best of them, and learn more about the man, his buildings and the city in which they were built.

“I left no stone unturned in my endeavours to throughly master my profession.” Watson Fothergill

Watson Fothergill Collage WikiMedia

Join me for a guided walking tour of Nottingham City Centre to explore the history of some of the most original and beautiful buildings of the Victorian era.

“You must be acquainted with the best works of the best men of the best will never come out of yourself.”

Watson Fothergill Walk Architecture Tour Nottingham
Tickets now on sale.


Eventbrite tickets.