Today (Sunday) we decided it was time to head to Nottingham of Robin Hood fame. It's only about 30 minutes away yet we had not been since a quick drive around during our pre-assignment visit. On tap for the day were a jail/courthouse museum, England's oldest pub, and a "castle".
First stop was the Galleries of Justice which is based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol [jail].
Nicole had a turn in the stocks before our tour started.
as did Alex
Here are the unlucky convicts on our way to the dungeon.
After the court "case" all of us where send down to the jail.
The jails were mainly temporary holding cells until trial and then until the sentencing was carried out. Sometimes that was a "simple" flogging or a not so simple execution. Those that needed to serve time were given a transportation sentence of 7, 10, 14 years or life. Transportation meant that were shipped to colonies like America and Australia. Over 162,000 were shipped out over time.
Jay). Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is carved into the castle (sandstone) rock and dates back to the time of King Richard the Lionheart and the Crusaders. Legend has it that these Crusaders stopped off at the Inn at the foot of the Castle for welcome refreshments – or perhaps more accurately, for ‘one for the road’ (from the website).
I didn't get a good photo, but the rooms in the pub were really neat. There were a half dozen or so small rooms that were almost caves carved into the stone.
Museum of Nottingham Life at the Brewhouse Yard. It was next door to Ye Olde Trip and featured some of the same man-made, sandstone caves. I particularly like the exhibit that showed how the caves were used for bomb shelters. We hear a lot about WWII (and some WWI) and the sacrifices made by those who fought in the wars. However, having your city bombed brings things to a whole 'nother level.
Example war time poster
here's a good look at Castle Rock and some of the exposed caves
Next up was the Nottingham "Castle". Here's the gate house.
All in all a good day. It was nice to get out and try some new sites. We have a couple of other sites near Nottingham to try another time. Nottingham is not in the "oh you really must go there" category but it was fun day out nonetheless.
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