A Brief History of Nottingham
The history of Nottingham
Today Nottingham is a thriving city not 128 miles from London. With a population of around 350,000 people it is by no means a global metropolis when weighed against London, or indeed many other cities in Great Britain. However when it comes to culture and history this is a city that punches well above its weight class.
The city had its origins as a settlement which was called Snotta inga ham. The name is not as amusing as it looks to those who read about it today. Ham then (in Anglo-Saxon) denoted a village, 'inga' meant that it was the possession of a ruler and in this case it was Snotta. Over many generations it was this village that became known as Nottingham.
By the late 9th century the village had been taken as a prize by the invading Danes and they had fortified it with a wooden palisade. It was now one of the most prized places in what was to become the United Kingdom. It's strategic value as one of the few places where the river Trent could be forded would see it fought over many times.
By the tenth century the town, although only home to hundreds had grown to such an extent that it was able to host its own mint. However, by that time it had passed back into the hands of the British monarchy.
In the 12th century it received its charter from the monarchy - giving its citizens rights that would not be enjoyed by others in the land.
After the Norman conquest of Britain the town grew rapidly. By the 14th century it had a population of around 3,000 making it one of the larger towns in Britain. It became well known as a centre of wool making and goldsmiths also plied their trade in conjunction with potters and tile makers.
By the 18th century Nottingham was thriving to the extent that the author Daniel Defoe described it as one of the most beautiful towns that he had ever seen.
Its market, which was recognised as one of the most active and pleasant in the land had brought it fame and to an extent fortune. By this time oil lamps lit the streets and the well off were able to enjoy piped water.
During the 1800's life improved for even those at the bottom of the social scale. The new hospital and a police force gradually improved the lives of all who called the city home.
Today the city has numerous industries, including the manufacture of bicycles, textiles, pharmaceuticals and printing. With many local attractions such as iLocked escape rooms.
The town is now poised to make its mark on the 21st century with property prices and the cost of living rapidly rising.
Some useful maps of the Notts area: