26 March 2015

Nottinghamshire material added to the Archaeology Data Service website

Two important resources relating to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been recently made available on the Archaeology Data Service website:
  • 'The origins of Nottingham: archaeological investigations in the Medieval town from 1969 to 1980' is a digitised archaeological archive of excavations undertaken in the lace market area of Nottingham during redevelopment in the late 1960s and 1970s. The sites included are Drury Hill, Woolpack Lane, Fisher Gate, Boots Garage, Goose Gate and Halifax Place. The archive includes site notebooks, sections, maps and plans, photographs and smallfinds and pottery drawings.
  • 'Nottinghamshire Extensive Urban Survey Archaeological Assessments': 18 towns in the county were surveyed 'to provide high quality data about the archaeological potential of the towns and their historical development for archaeologists and the local planning authorities.' The towns included are Beeston, Bingham, Blyth, Collingham, East Bridgford, Hucknall, Kirkby in Ashfield, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Retford, Southwell, Stapleford, Sutton in Ashfield, Tuxford, Warsop, Wellow, West Stockwith, and Worksop. Newark was excluded from the assessment as a report on the town's archaeological resources was produced in 1989. 

23 March 2015

Nottingham & Notts Illustrated : "Up-to-Date" Commercial Sketches : Industries and Manufactures Illustrated and Reviewed (1898)

The latest addition to my 'Nottinghamshire History' website is the full text of a fascinating and lavishly illustrated book on the leading commercial and industrial companies of Nottingham at the close of the 19th century. Included are Birkin (lace curtain manufacturer), Humber of Beeston (bicycles), Wollaton Colliery, Coombs Eureka Flour Company, and Thomas Danks and Co (ironmongers) ... A full list of those covered is here.

The text provides uncritical profiles of the companies, often with a brief history, and in many cases includes very detailed descriptions of industrial and manufacturing processes.