Historical Walks of Ye Olde Nottingham
Our local historian, guide, and pensioner takes you along the route, describing what he sees now, and what was there in his youth and before. The comparisons depict the changing face of life for Nottinghomians.
Along the Old Trolleybus 43 route, City Centre to Bulwell.
We begin where the old 43 trolleybus stop was situated in the City Centre Slab Square.
They were next to the underground toilets.
1963: They had an assistant in attendance, good washing facilities, and were very clean.
Cost: Use of closet 1d
Now: They are no longer their, but we can see the Occupy Nottingham protesters with their porta-loo. The Public toilets of today have been relocated: Use of closet £1.50
Up Long Row to the Derby Road
We move up towards Derby Road, passing the closed down shops, cinema, and thriving but expensive charity shops, and the spot outside of MacDonalds where a Polish 'Street sleeper died on the pavement early in December.
Noticing the fire-bomb damage had been repaired at the posh cafe.
Up Derby Road to Canning Circus
Up Derby Road passing the Albert Hall and Cathedral on our left, and the multi-storey car park and hotel on our right.
Where, just up the road in the Luddite Riots of 1812, a factory was attacked and machinery smashed. In the 1981 race riots two men were murdered with machetes. In the 1981 riots the Antique Shop was looted and the owner crippled. And in the 2011 riots a police van was attacked and rolled down the hill, both officers inside being seriously hurt.
Alfreton Road to Nuthall Road
We walk through the Canning Circus junction onto Alfreton Road, passing the Cemetery on our right where the murder of a tramp took place in 1968, and a woman and her daughter in 1971. We stroll down the many abandoned and dilapidated buildings on both sides of the road, where once stood a Fine Fare supermarket is now a giant 'Sex Shop', where Marsden's Grocery shop was, is now a pawnbroker/gold buyer outlet, where the Police Station was is now the remains of a Pizza shop - burnt down in the 2011 Nottingham riots.
We turn right onto Hartley Road
The school on the corner is now a Community Centre, leading on to a row of knocking shops and a bookies on the left.
Hartley Road, left down Radford Road, to Vernon Road
A highpoint for any gruesome lovers in the party here - many murders, rapes, muggings, stabbings, gun-crimes, handbag snatches, robberies, gang-fights, drug-pushers, drug users, fire-bombings, lootings, shoplifting, and sexual attacks emanate from this area today. The Police Station was fire-bombed in the 2011 riots. There are more closed down shops on this stretch of road than any other (apart perhaps from Mansfield Road).
If you go into the Asda (Walmart) store, you will notice that all the staff have a nervous tick.
Further down the Colonel Burnaby public House (3 murders to its credit), on the left, and passing the sold out Shipstones brewery on your right. The area now becomes a little more like the usual Nottingham industrial landscape in nature - a closed down garage, a burnt-out Plastics factory, two abandoned warehouses, unoccupied office blocks, and where the gasometer's once stood... nothing, just fenced in wasteland. The standard McDonald's is found at the traffic light junction, where the nursery was closed down, we go straight on to Vernon Road, and the abandoned, burned out car retailer outlet on our left.
Vernon Road to Highbury Vale
Here the new tram lines on our left, follows the road for a mile or two, as we pass the closed down Sketchely Dry Cleaning factory on our right.
Further down on our right, we see the Vernon Park, with it's abused trees and fishing pond, much used by anglers of old. This park is second only to the Arboretum for crimes of violence.
Onward passing the abandoned metalworks factory, the row of five shops refurbished in 1992 but as yet not occupied, where on the right you will see the factory/warehouse where the security guard was stabbed to death in 2002.
The closed down chip shop, jewellers, bike shop, Post Office, and butchers mingle with the many empty terrace houses along this stretch of the road, leading to the closed down public swimming baths on our left.
As Vernon Road turns into Highbury Vale, we see the housing estate on our right, with such a high rate of crime, even for Nottingham.
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls with its Security guards around the perimeter is on our right, as the road goes over the train and tram lines, into Bulwell Market place, the Job-Centre, gangs of local yobs milling about threateningly, drug-pushers, and the debris still evident from the 2011 Nottingham riots. Where Woolworth's was, is now a new retail outlet for folk to shoplift from.