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Lace Slums and the Occasional Riot! The Making of Victorian Nottingham

Meetings held at, Arnold Methodist Church, 54 Front Street, Arnold, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 7EL
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Lace Slums and the Occasional Riot! The Making of Victorian Nottingham


Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Talk will begin at 7pm

Chris tells the story of how Nottingham changed from what Daniel Defoe described as ‘one of the most pleasant towns in England’ into a major industrial city. 

The talk follows the fortunes of the hosiery trade, and the development of the giant lace industry with its fine warehouses on Stony Street and Broadway.  Names like Birkins and Adams became leading names in the lace trade. 

But alongside wealth came poverty riots and crime.  Chris’ talk reveals the town’s underworld of Narrow Marsh and Broad Marsh.  You will hear how rioters flooded into the market place, and about grim hangings outside the Shire Hall.  There was never a dull moment in Victorian Nottingham!

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Visitors can attend the talk at the cost of £3
If you wish to join the Arnold Local History Group you can do so also at the annual cost of £10 and entitles you to attend monthly meetings for £1, vote at the AGM and be eligible for election to the committee.

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