Nottingham – Dancing with Sun


Dancing with  Sun, in a lovely Summer day…

No rain  has washed  my laugh away.

Falling in love again and again

With hope’s awesome aims…


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Linking to the Robin Hood Legend, Nottingham is  the largest city in the East Midlands and the second largest in the Midlands.

The geographical centre of Nottingham is usually defined as the Old Market Square, the largest city square in the UK. The square is dominated by the Council House, which replaced The Nottingham Exchange Building, built in 1726. The Council House was built in the 1920s to display civic pride, ostentatiously using baroque columns and placing stone statues of two lions at the front to stand watch over the square. The Exchange Arcade, on the ground floor, is an upmarket shopping centre containing boutiques.

Tall office buildings line Maid Marian Way. The Georgian area around Oxford and Regent Streets is dominated by small professional firms. The Albert Hall,faces the Gothic revival, St, Barnabas’ Roman Catholic Cathedral  by Pugin.  Nottingham Castle   and its grounds are located further south in the western third of the city. The central third descends from the University district in the north, past Nottingham Trent University’s Gothic revival Arkwright Building. The University also owns many other buildings in this area. The Theatre Royal on Theatre Square, with its pillared façade, was built in 1865. King and Queen Streets are home to striking  Victorian buildings designed by such architects as Alfred Waterhouse  and  Watson Fothergill.

To the south, is Broadmarsh Shopping Centre.  The Canal-side further south of this is adjacent to Nottingham railway station  and home to numerous redeveloped 19th-century industrial buildings, reused as bars and restaurants.

The eastern third of the city centre contains the Victoria Shopping Centre, built in the 1970s on the site of the demolished Victoria Railway Station. All that remains of the old station is the clock tower and the station hotel, now the Nottingham Hilton Hotel. The 250 feet-high Victoria Centre flats stand above the shopping centre and are the tallest buildings in the city. The eastern third contains Hockley Village . Hockley is where many of Nottingham’s unique, independent shops are to be found. It is also home to two alternative cinemas.

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Nottingham has two large-capacity theatres, the Nottingham Playhouse and the  Theatre Royal, which together with the neighbouring Royal Concert Hall forms the Royal Centre. The city also contains smaller theatre venues such as the Nottingham Arts Theatre, the Lace Market Theatre and New Theatre.

There is a  Cineworld  and a  Showcase  in the city. Independent cinemas include the  Broadway Cinema, Savoy Cinema, as well an Arthouse cinema in Hockley.

Nottingham has several large music and entertainment venues including the  Royal Concert Hall, Rock City and the Nottingham Arena.

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The traditional requirement of city status is a (Church of England) cathedral. Nottingham, however, does not have one, having only been designated a city in 1897, in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. From around AD 1100 Nottingham was part of the  Diocese of Lichfield, controlled as an archdeaconry from  Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire. However, in 1837 the archdeaconry was placed under the control of the  Diocese of Lincoln. In 1884 it became part of the newly created  Diocese of Southwell,  which it, and the city, are still part of today. The bishop is based at Southwell Minster,  14 miles (23 km) north-east of the city. In 2005 the diocese was renamed the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. 

Despite not having a cathedral, Nottingham has three notable historic Anglican parish churches,   all of which date back to the Middle Ages. St. Mary the Virgin, in the Lace Market, is the oldest and largest. The church dates from the eighth or ninth centuries, but the present building is at least the third on the site, dating primarily from 1377 to 1485. St. Mary’s is considered the mother church of the city and civic services are held here, including the welcome to the new Lord Mayor of Nottingham  each year. It is a member of the  Greatest Churches Group. St. Peter’s  in  the heart of the city is the oldest building in continuous use in Nottingham, with traces of building starting in 1180.  St. Nicholas’was rebuilt after destruction in the Civil War.

A variety of chapels and meeting rooms are in the town. Many of these grand buildings have been demolished, including Halifax Place Wesleyan Chapel,  but some have been re-used, notably High Pavement Chapel  which is now a public house. The national headquarters of the Congregational Federation is in Nottingham.

Nottingham is one of 18 British cities that do not have an Anglican cathedral.  It is, however, home to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Barnabas,  which was designed by Augustus Pugin  and  consecrated  in 1844. It is the cathedral church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham.  

Today there are places of worship for all major religions, including Christianity, Islam  with 32 Mosques in Nottingham,] Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism and Judaism.  The Nottingham Inter-faith Council works to make connections between faith groups and show the wider public the importance of spiritual aspects of life and the contribution faith groups make to the community.

(References: Wikipedia )

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