Tuesday, 4 January 2011
I Love Nottingham
I really do love the city, and in particular its history. Before I moved here a year ago, the only history I knew was that connected with Robin Hood. Now, I'm beginning to understand so much more about Nottingham's social and political past. Every day I go out for a walk, and for the first time in years take notice of what's around me.
Today I was walking back to the bus when I noticed The Thurland Hall public house on the corner of Thurland Street and Pelham Street, just off Old Market Square. I'd seen it before, but now men were working on its refurbishment and renovation. The hoarding outside drew attention to "this historic site". I decided to explore further when I got home.
Before looking at the history, I decided to see what pub goers in Nottingham felt about The Thurland Hall. I could only see two reviews. One in May 2009 said, "OK if you don't mind being stabbed". The other in December 2008 just said, "Speechless". Make of that what you will. I can only hope that the renovation goes beyond the mere fabric of the building.
It was at a meeting at Thurland Hall on the 4th March 1816 that the Bromley House Library scheme was floated. This moved to a 1752 town house in Angel Row in 1822, and is still operating as a subscription library, from the same premises to this day. More information on this can be found by logging on to http://www.bromleyhouse.org/ . One of the libraries past members was the genius scientist and mathematician, who is known as the father of quantum physics, George Green. He was a member from 1823-1833. He called Bromley House his first university, before going on to Cambridge in 1833. And all this from someone who was a miller by trade.
Thurland Hall and the adjacent buildings were demolished in 1831.
This is one of the reasons why I love Nottingham so much. It's full of history, and history can come alive.