Nottingham Street Tales: Drury Hill

Nottingham Hidden History Team

by Joe Earp

Drury Hill if it had existed today would have most certainly rivalled York’s very own Shambles as one of the most important and picturesque examples of a medieval thoroughfare. However Drury Hill was not to be and despite many protests the ancient thoroughfare was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the entrance to the then new Broad Marsh Shopping Centre.

Drury Hill, with its narrowness and congestion, and its curious haphazard buildings, gives us a good impression of what medieval Nottingham would have looked like. Drury Hill was 4ft 10 inches wide at its narrowest point and signs had to be posted to alert traffic to this hazard. Drury Hill was so narrow that it was said that at its narrowest people from the two adjacent buildings could reach over and join hands.

1536509_812759102073691_69710408_n Drury Hill, Nottingham, circa 1906- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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Missoula – Bar/Grill – Nottingham

Frusher on Food - A Nottingham Food Blog

Missoula recently took over the spot of popular bar The Living Room and has shifted the philosophy to a restaurant where you can have drinks rather than the emphasis on the bar that its former occupant had. A chain with a small number of outlets, Missoula takes its inspiration from the Northern US state of Montana. This background and theme is very much reflected in the surroundings with wall mounted animal trophies and cow (or similar) hide upholstered seating. Our vegetarian dining companion was not in her element suffice to say.

'Spicy' Shrimp - Missoula Nottingham ‘Spicy’ Shrimp – Missoula Nottingham

The menu is also what you might expect with plenty of meat, steaks being a speciality, although there is a breath of choice. I rarely choose steak when I am out; I am a fan but feel I can buy a good cut and cook it pretty competently at home. Here they offer USDA beef…

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Transportation Press: Featuring the Nottingham Writers’ Studio



Nottingham Loves

by Bridie Squires

I rise to the sound of the City Ground chanting,
runs and Raleigh bike rides,
riverside gathering
festivals and hissing geese,
rowing blokes’ megaphones,
the prickling of summer heat.

I get to the bus stop,
funds a bit low, so
I tick a quid off the shop
until tomorroh.

I clock Notts bop by,
hear cars rockin’ beats
from the cracked window
that causes all the beef.

Old biddies titter about
tram works and price drops,
we pass the back of Broado and
‘Ooh! This is my stop!’

We swing
of the jungle bus,
say ‘Cheers!’ to the driver
because we are a humble bunch.

Outside Viccy Centre,
gotta cross the road,
red man signals us to stop
but we don’t do as we’re towd.

A mum tells her kid to ‘HARK IT!’
while eating cobs on Viccy Market.

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