Although this story is not connected to Nottinghamshire, it was told by the writer on BBC Radio Nottingham, on the Frances Finn show, on Sunday 11th February 2018. This is a story told to me many times by my father, Patrick Cross. He was a man of great integrity and certainly not one to [...]
Would St George have been a Brexit ‘remoaner’? Nottingham boasts one of the biggest St George’s Day celebrations in England, with knights in armour, Robin Hood and civic dignitaries joining in the festivities. Since 1222 AD, the 23rd of April has been St George’s Day. He has also been the Patron Saint of [...]
HONORARY FREEMAN of the City of Nottingham On Thursday, 16th October 2014, the Nottingham boxer Carl Froch was awarded the title ‘Honorary Freeman of Nottingham’. Dr. David Cross was asked by Notts TV to do a live piece on the history of being a ‘Freeman’. The award of ‘Honorary Freeman’ has been around since the [...]
Read this fascinating story at The Pitcher and Piano Great War Memorial Window (see Link under 'Blog' Menu) - it's too long for a regular Blog Post.
Leave Cloughie where he is! For those of you who missed me on BBC Radio Nottingham on 24th Feb2017, I am a strong supporter of leaving the Brian Clough Statue where it is, just off the Market Square. There have been suggestions lately that his statute should be moved to outside the football [...]
Where near Nottingham can you smell wonderful tropical scents, outdoors, even on a dull winters day? In Newstead Abbey’s Winter Garden, where the Mahonia comes into flower in December, and will scent the air wonderfully for many weeks afterwards. Glorious!
Where can you find 90 year old seaweed (and lots of it) in Nottingham Market Square? The answer is - in the main Council Chamber of Nottingham Council House (up on the 3rd floor). The seaweed is dried (or it would have rotted by now) and was used inside the cloth-covered wall panels [...]
Nottingham Castle was immortalised by Ian Fleming in the Bond novel ‘Thunderball’. Nottingham Castle and Players cigarettes, manufactured of course in Nottingham, get a ‘story within a story’ all to themselves over about 6 pages. Nottingham Castle was perhaps unfortunately described as a ‘doll’s house swimming in chocolate fudge’ but it did spread [...]