Sheep pens
Close up
Close up from above picture. Who was he?
Sheep pens on Market Hill, photographed around 1869, and probably the oldest photo of the town. What is now the (United Reformed) Free Church (centre background) was built in 1864-5, with a spire that tradition says was deliberately made a few feet higher than that of the parish church - but modern measurements have shown that this is not so! The Free Church is a lively and welcoming place that was extensively remodelled inside in 1979-80, when it was divided into two floors. There is more about it on the More Places to See page.


Market Hill
Much the same scene today on a Monday market day.
Market Hill
Close up Market Hill
Market Hill c1899. As can be seen at the foot of the close-up on the left, a brick path ran right across the road. This allowed pedestrians to avoid the mud.
From Market Hill
The view the other way (also c1899), with the Free Church in the left background, and The Old Robin Hood pub on the extreme left. The very wide road was needed to accomodate the market.
My thanks to Linda Almeda for sending me the above old photos, discovered in a cupboard at Rushcliffe Golf Club in Leicestershire.




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