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The Illustrated History of Nottingham's Suburbs

Geoffrey Oldfield

The Illustrated History of Nottingham's Suburbs shows how the countryside, farms and villages developed into the urban streets, residential areas, shopping districts and industrial estates that are so familiar today. In the course of the last 200 years, the outskirts of the city have been transformed in a way that would astonish Nottingham residents of just a few generations ago.

In the 18th century Nottingham's population increased from 10,000 people to 30,000 in just 40 years. Overcrowding in the centre became so acute that an Act of Parliament was passed to allow the building of several new suburbs, and nearby villages were absorbed by the city. The coming of mass transport – the railways, horse-buses, trams, buses and motorcars – enabled the separation of residential areas from industry, and villages on the edge of the city became small towns.

In this fully illustrated account of the suburbs, Geoffrey Oldfield offers a concise history of districts as diverse as Basford and Bulwell, Lenton and Sneinton, Radford and West Bridgford. He features local anecdotes and folklore, and remembers notable individuals who played their part in the story.

 

 

 

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