In 1897, Nottingham was granted a city charter to coincide with the celebrations accompanying Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. By then Nottingham already had a history going back to at least the ninth century when the settlement was referred to as `Tigguo Cobauc', which literally translates as the `House of Caves'. The Victorian and Edwardian era saw great changes to Nottingham. Rapid growth in its population meant the town had to adapt. Once known as the `Garden Town', Nottingham quickly saw an urban transformation in areas such as housing, industry and transport.
Much of Nottingham's heritage was lost to make way for progress, even more so with the Enclosure Act of 1845. This book, through photographs, postcards, documents and other images, reflects the changes Nottingham has seen from a beautiful garden town to one of the Britain's leading cities. We can trace both the architectural development and the social impact brought about by these changes. This book records the historical changes by comparing Victorian and Edwardian photographs with their modern-day counterparts.
Joseph Earp is currently Team Leader of the Nottingham Hidden History Team. He has also appeared on BBC East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Nottingham as historical advisor, covering topics such as Huntingdon Beaumont and Britain's first railway line. He has also written a series of local history articles for the Nottingham Post, Nottingham Bygones, The Topper newspaper and Our Nottinghamshire website. He currently writes a regular local history column for the Beestonian magazine.