Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes), and tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is a tourist destination; in 2011, visitors spent over £1.5 billion—the thirteenth-highest amount in England’s 111 statistical territories.  In 2015, Nottingham had an estimated population of 321,550 with the wider urban area, which includes many of the city’s suburbs, having a population of 915,977. Its urban area is the largest in the east Midlands and the second-largest in the Midlands

In the TSS’s only visit to Nottingham, in 1990 as guests of Chris and Ann Pegg, an informative spread of lectures was heard in Queen’s Medical Centre with a topical review of the cause of injury in the M1 air disaster. On 8 January 1989 a Boeing 737 had crashed onto the motorway whilst approaching the East Midlands Airport within the confines of which we were staying at the Donington Thistle Hotel, where our annual dinner was held after an illuminating lecture on Robin Hood. The next day we visited Southwell Minster, its font and mediaeval windows destroyed by the Puritans who forbade baptism and any hint of idolatry.


Images above show the Old Market Square and Council Building (Left) and the Castle entrance (Right)