The Victorian Society AGM in Nottingham

Date: Fri 30 September-Sun 2 October 2022

Photo: The Council House, Nottingham. Photo Credit: Smashman (Public Domain).

Photo: The Council House, Nottingham. Photo Credit: Smashman (Public Domain).

Please join us on Fri 30 September – Sun 2 October 2022 for our first in person annual general meeting (AGM) weekend since 2019. It will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Nottinghamshire’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture and catch up with members old and new.

Before the AGM begins, there is a chance to visit the church of St Mary, High Pavement. The west front was rebuilt by WB Moffatt, 1845-53, the south chancel chapel was added by Temple Moore, 1912-15 and the chapter house, added by Bodley & Garner, 1887-8. It will be open for viewing from 2pm to 3:30pm.

The AGM is at 4pm on Friday afternoon in the Ballroom at The Council House, Old Market Square, NG1 2DT. The formal business of the AGM will be followed by caseworkers’ presentations and a speech by the Mayor. After the AGM, we visit the Cosy Club (built in 1870 by Robert Evans of Nottingham) 16 -18 Victoria St, Nottingham NG1 2EX for a prosecco reception followed by a talk and a three-course dinner.

Accommodation will be at Jury’s Inn, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ (check in – 4pm) or Premier Inn, London Rd, Nottingham NG2 4UU (check in – 3pm).

On Saturday we will start to explore Nottingham on foot.

After the guided walk around the Lace Market, we visit the Civil Court Room, National Justice Museum (formerly Shire Hall with additions and alterations by TC Hine, 1876-9), High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN for tea and coffee. We then continue onto the Roman Catholic Cathedral, designed by Pugin, 1841- 1844.

Over lunch, we have the option to visit Nottingham Castle, which was rebuilt as a museum in 1875 by Thomas Chambers Hine. The afternoon concludes with a guided walk around the Park Estate, which was developed from the 1850s. North Road and Western Terrace were laid out by Peter Frederick Robinson, and TC Hine-designed houses. There are also houses by AN Bromley and Fothergill Watson.

On Sunday, we will leave Nottingham by coach to visit Hucknall Church with its 20 windows by Kempe followed by Papplewick Pumping Station (built by Marriott Ogle Tarbotton, the corporation engineer, in 1881-5). The engine will be in steam just for our visit. Before lunch, we visit St Paul’s Church, Daybrook (Pearson with its Truro Cathedral-style single spire, a monument by Sir Thomas Brock and Clayton and Bell glass).

Lunch is at Bestwood Lodge, a magnificent house built for the 10th Duke of St Albans by SS Teulon (1862-5). Above the porch are carvings depicting the heads of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men by Thomas Earp. The great hall has a wonderful stepped fireplace. The gardens were landscaped by Teulon and Thomas Church.

After lunch we have an optional self-guided visit to Emmanuel Church in Bestwood (SS Teulon,1869). This is followed by a trip to St Stephen’s, Sneinton with its tower by Rickman of 1839 and the rest by Bodley and Cecil Hare of c.1908, and then onto Sneinton Windmill. This is then followed by a guided walk.

We will arrive back at Nottingham station in time for trains after 5pm. COST: £200 per person for the AGM weekend of activities (this does not include the hotel cost) All coach trips, visits, admissions, gratuities, dinner on Friday and lunch on Sunday are included.

Please note that hotel prices are either £131 per night for a single room or £141 per night for a double or twin.

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