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, Lace Market

Father’s Day Heritage Tour: The Lace Market

I am working with Debbie Bryan again to offer my Lace Market Heritage Tour for Father’s Day on 16 June starting at 1pm. We will take a look at the unique industrial architecture of the Lace Market, including buildings by Watson Fothergill and Thomas Chambers Hine.

The beauty is in the details.

Then there are two options for teas after the short guided walk: A full afternoon tea with a choice of three luxurious menus or a simple and delicious cream tea with scones and jam.

Tickets for Afternoon Tea

The tour will explore the architectural gems of St Mary’s Gate in Nottingham’s Lace Market including buildings by Watson Fothergill and Thomas Chambers Hine, it’s a short tour of about 45 minutes with walking on flat ground. So chose your tea and get your tickets!

Tickets for Cream Tea.
Treat your dad to a fine afternoon tea from the Debbie Bryan Menu!

Tickets are available here on Eventbrite or via Debbie Bryan Shop (online or in person).


Stop Press: Sunday Walk Added. Beauty In The Details: Lace Market Tour

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 to wear a head-mic and pretend I’m a stand-up or Madonna… wish I had a photo!)

Beauty in the Details walk added, 9 December 2018.

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A few folks on Facebook expressed an interest in a Sunday edition of the Beauty In The Details Lace Market Walk so I’ve added a date on 9 December 2018. The walk will be a short exploration of St Mary’s Gate starting at Debbie Bryan at 2pm. After a look around the area we will finish up at Debbie Bryan for a drink and a warm mince pie. Plus there’s 10% off other menu items in the tea room.

Get your tickets for £10 each here on Eventbrite.

There are still tickets for the Friday walk 7 December 2018 HERE.


Beauty In The Details: Christmas Edition!

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 September but this time will include tea or coffee and a warm mince pie at Debbie Bryan. You will also receive 10% off any other tea room orders on your visit.

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

There will be a look at the Adams Building and other Thomas Chambers Hine work in the area, as well as Watson Fothergill’s Milbie House on Pilcher Gate. The whole thing should take around 45 minutes with time for tea and mince pies (and perhaps some creative Christmas Shopping) afterwards.

If this first one is popular we may add more dates in December.

Tickets are £10 each, available here from Debbie Bryan, or call into her shop on St Mary’s Gate.


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.


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