Nottingham has always had a turbulent history – the Romans ignored the hamlet, which the Anglo-Saxons later (AD 600) called Snot or Snotta (after a Saxon chieftain).
|Art at the Castle|
However when the Vikings invaded (867AD) and captured the town it became one of the Five Burghs (fortified towns) of The Danelaw, being called Nottingham.
|Nottingham Castle - the Gate House, showing medieval|
architecture of the bridge and lower towers, with the
Victorian renovation of the upper towers and Gate House
The Normans erected a Castle and for some unknown reason there was a continuous feud between the Saxon townspeople and the Normans: crystallised in the legend of Robin Hood with his merry men, who used nearby Sherwood Forest as their base.
The turbulence continued over the centuries resulting in a great deal of ruin to the Castle itself, and to the textile machinery inventions that subsequently occurred in the town.
|Salt Glaze Jug 19th century - pottery stoneware|
The Museum and Art Gallery are now housed in what remains of the Castle, which was restored and adapted for these purposes in 1878, then modernised over time.
The Castle Museum contains a large collection of hand-made and machine-made lace (for which the town is known), Elizabethan and Jacobean embroideries; there is an art gallery, a ceramics section including Nottingham 18th century stoneware and Wedgwood pieces.
|The Major Oak - said to be Robin Hood's|
shelter in the heart of Sherwood Forest;
it is thought to be 800 - 1,000 years old
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of man-made caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of the time of the Crusades at this historic site ... time for a beer at the “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” part of a tour ... taking advantage of the Castle’s history or legend!?
|Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub -|
built into the sandstone cliffs
beneath the castle; at the back of
which is an ancient brewery
That is N for Nottingham Castle – a nod to the past, but for which the Museum and Art Gallery make the castle a worthy contender ... part of the ABC series Aspects of British Castles
Bob Scotney’s castle on Saturday was Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
Snap - Bob and I have finally posted about the same castle! He has more history in his post.
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