You know how when you live in a place, you never quite seem to get out and about to see the tourist attractions? Today, in the company of a charming American visitor and one of my best friends, I spent some time exploring Nottingham's Caves, examining the exhibits in the Castle and spending a bit of quality time in the oldest Public House in Britain....
It's amazing some of the things you learn about your home....
"Notingham is booth a large town and welle buildid for tymber and plaster, and standeth stately on a clyminge hille" (John Leland, 1534-39)
Is Nottingham ready for this?
"Parts of Nottingham so very bad as hardly to be surpassed in misery..." (Royal Commission, 1844)
Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you...
"Scenes of deplorable character and of surprising filth and discomfort...." (Royal Commission, 1844)
So many teapots...so little time....
"Fair built houses, fine women and many coaches rattling about...."
All in all, an extremely agreeable way to spend an afternoon.
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