23 December 2008

Nottinghamshire Archives online catalogue

At last Nottinghamshire Archives has made a start in putting their computerised catalogue on the Internet.

Collections currently online include:
  • Court records (ale house licences, material from the Newark and Southwell Petty Sessions etc)
  • Deposited documents (papers from the Hole family of Caunton, Nottinghamshire Living History Archive, papers from the Webb family of Newstead Abbey, Pearson's of Nottingham archives, Shipstones of Nottingham archives etc)
  • Non-conformist records
  • District council records
  • Prints and illustrations
The full list of collections online is here:

Access the catalogue here:

20 December 2008

New book: "Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries"

Phillimore have just published "Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries" by Adrian Gray.  Adrian starts with the medieval forest, where the hunting rights of medieval monarchs were ruthlessly enforced, through the creation of aristocratic mansions and parks (the Dukeries) and the exploitation of coal in the 19th and 20th centuries and concludes with the impact of tourism.

The book is profusely illustrated with over 100 photographs, engravings and maps (some of which I supplied!) and costs £16.99.

10 December 2008

Possible Roman temple discovered in Southwell

Interesting report in the Nottingham Evening Post suggesting that the impressive remains recently discovered on the site of the Minster School in Southwell are of a Roman temple complex. Ursilla Spence, Senior Archaeologist with Nottinghamshire County Council said "it looks as if it could be a pagan Roman temple ..... It is very much a grand building." Watch this space as they say ....