Old Market Square
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Massimo e Irene
Pisa, Italia1 654 bidrag
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jun. 2024 • Par
The square is large and surrounded by typical English buildings and overall creates a very pleasant picture. Various streets and courses branch off from there which allow you to visit the various areas of the city that we liked. Beautiful square.
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK1 099 bidrag
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apr. 2024 • Par
The Market Square in Nottingham has the clue in the name really. It’s a market Square and it’s smack bang in the middle of Nottingham city centre.
We don’t live in the city but we’re regular visitors and find the square a nice space to wander around. If you’re being overly harsh, there are too many chain shops surrounding it and the local heart has been kicked out. The Council House sits proudly on one side dominating proceedings. An impressive building that fits right in.
The Square comes alive at Christmas when the market takes over the area. Nottingham puts on a show at that time of year and the market is a centerpiece worth visiting.
The statue celebrating Brian Clough is just off the square and a pilgrimage for many. Impossible to rate the statue, but it's certainly in the top one.
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-SIMON-
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apr. 2024 • Par
It was the first thing we saw of Nottingham. It is a very large square, almost solemn and easily identifiable and accessible. There are several clubs and shops around (although the shopping itself didn't appeal much to us), as well as other monuments to see. Well connected by public transport to other areas of the city, it also catches the eye for the typical buildings that surround it. It's just a shame that the fountain facing the dome was not active, the photos of which show that it is also often used for water games.
Skrevet 14. april 2024
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The Codnor Traveller
Codnor, UK109 bidrag
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feb. 2024 • Par
Just a stones throw away from the Brian Clough statue is the beating heart of Nottingham, albeit a heart that is increasingly becoming encumbered with Arrhythmia - the Old Market Square.

A lot of older Nottingham folk still refer to this 12,000m² space (tye 2nd largest public space after Trafalgar Square!) as 'slab square', which seems quite apt really, given that it is merely a huge expanse of granite slabs in various hues and shades.

In spite of the fact that it is called the Old Market Square, this site is in fact not the
oldest market site in the city.
That particular accolade goes to the Weekday Cross area in The Lace Market, where the Saxons established the original setlement of Snottingaham that over the centuries became Nottingham.

Once the Normans had invaded and conquered England, Nottingham found itself effectively split in half, with the French Normans living and trading around the newly built Nottingham Castle, whilst the Saxons were living and trading up on the sandstone high ground that is today's Lace Market.

To encourage and facilitate trade between the two communities, William Peverel (who owned Nottingham Castle) hit upon the idea of creating a new market place, on neutral ground, equidistant between the Norman borough and the Saxon borough.

It is thanks to this 900 year old idea that we still know this site as Nottingham's Market Square. Indeed, The Old Market Square played host to Nottingham's world famous Goose Fair for 643 years, from 1284 until 1927.

Much has obviously changed since those days however. The Market Square once played host to the town's stocks - animal baiting took place here with regularity, and livestock was bought and sold. These days the only livestock being sold is the beef patties Five Guys sell to hipsters for extortionate rates, and the only animal baiting you'll find is when the police tell a group of youths to "move on."

Central to the Old Market Square is The Council House. Fear not though - this is no ordinary counil house. You wont find a bust-up old trampoline rusting out the back - you won't find any noise complaints or ASBOs - instead what you will find is a large imposing building in the classical design, lending it an almost timeless quality - though I suppose that theory is yet to be fully put to the test, as this building didn't come into being until the late 1920s, when it was officially opened by the man who would one day go on to be King Edward VIII.

Outside the council house are two beautiful stone lions that, much like Brian Clough and Robin Hood, are absolutely synonymous with the city. Indeed, the left lion (as you face the council house from the Market Square) has been the traditional meeting point for Nottingham folk for decades upon decades. Still to this day people arrange to meet "at the left lion." So famous has this lion become locally that it now has a regional magazine (The Left Lion) named in his honour.

The Lions actually have names - Agamemnon (left) and Menelaus (right). Naturally, as Greek Myth fades further into the past, and people become generally thicker, these names have been unofficially superceded by "Leo and Oscar" - names that the masses have more chance of being able to spell I suppose.

The Old Market Square had a very expensive, tax-pqyer funder update in 2007. This created the square you see today. There is a water feature in the square which replaced a couple of very dated fountains that had long ceased operating, and the old slabs (from where the locals derived the sobriquet of 'Slab Square') were replaced with the aforementioned granite. It does look very smart, if not slightly utilitarian.

Throughout the year The Old Market Square hosts various events - most notably the Nottingham Christmas Market (and elevated ice rink) and the summertime beach. These, whilst usually too busy and generally underwhelming, are undoubtedly good for the city, as the footfall is twentyfold.

Being originally from Nottingham I feel duty bound to wax lyrical about this place, however I can't. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't set the pulse racing either. I maintain that there is more that could be done with this space, and I hope that over the coming years, we will see more happen.

It's definitely worth a visit if you are in Nottingham.
Skrevet 7. mars 2024
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Natalie W
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nov. 2023 • Par
Came for the Christmas market. Great day out with lots of food and drink. The prices have gone up stupid. £8 for a crepe and £9.50 for a Greek wrap. A joke.
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malc1005
Kettering, UK5 538 bidrag
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okt. 2023 • Familie
The old market square is undergoing a change at the moment, with the Christmas markets and ice rink being built. Still worth a look.
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fire-tower
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sep. 2023 • Familie
We visited the Old Market Square on a weekend and as luck would have, there were many stall set up selling food, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, etc. the next visit was a weekday and the stalls were no longer there. The square is in front of the Council House and the are 2 stone lions just in front of the Council House.
Skrevet 13. oktober 2023
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Chris
Hinckley, UK1 005 bidrag
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sep. 2023 • Familie
We had a walk around here as we were in the city centre. The water feature wasn't on. There were a lot of pigeons about and pigeon poo all over the floor in places. There was litter about which was a let down. The area is nice to have a walk around
Skrevet 2. oktober 2023
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weeezoo
Woking, UK573 bidrag
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jun. 2023 • Par
A very large public open space used for many different types of activities. A must travel through area of Nottingham city centre.
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Lisa A
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apr. 2023
First, there is no water in the fountain. It's empty.

It's a sad space. Like most big cities, youth and people who are living rough or have no other place to go - congregate in the city centre. Though I never felt unsafe, it was not a space where I wanted to sit and pass the time.

I did enjoy tales from friends about the history of the Old Market Square - cattle markets, capital punishment, and similar.

Old Market Square is also where the police are briefed, and the ambulance waits for Saturday night to take shape in Nottingham.
Skrevet 27. mai 2023
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