The Industrial heritage of Nottingham

Broadway, Nottingham

Nottingham is a thriving modern city with a rich and varied industrial heritage.

Much of the area's early wealth was based on coal and its profits funded large country houses such as Wollaton Hall (1580-88). Later the Nottingham Canal (1796) was built to deliver large quantities of coal direct to Nottingham, this was then followed by an intensive network of railway lines, leaving a legacy of purpose-built buildings throughout the City.

Nottingham was also the pre-eminent centre for the production of lace. Whilst many factories survive in the suburbs, the most visible evidence of the lace industry's prosperity is the exuberant multi-storey, Victorian warehouses in the Lace Market, particularly along the s-shaped Broadway.

Nottingham was also known for its Raleigh bicycles and John Players cigarettes and many of the factories survive in the Radford area of the City. The City also boasts a fine brewery complex built by James Shipstone in the Basford area of the City.

Twentieth century industry has also left its mark. Particular mention must be made to two Grade I listed, reinforced concrete buildings (known as D6 and D10) built in the 1930s for Boots pharmaceutical company by the architect Sir Owen Williams.

Stephen Bradwell,
Conservation Officer,
Nottingham City Council