Robert White Almond: priest, luminary and champion of libraries

This fine portrait depicts the Rev. Robert White Almond, the rector of St Peter’s church in Nottingham for 39 years, between 1814 and his death in 1853. He was also President of the Nottingham Subscription Library for 34 years and the Chairman of Governors of both the General Hospital (for 25 years) and the Artisans’ … More Robert White Almond: priest, luminary and champion of libraries

A sage of astonishing versatility

As historical figures go the Rev Thomas Gisborne of Derby (1758-1846) was extraordinary. Yet he was surprisingly uncommemorated, despite holding positions at a cathedral and three Midlands churches. He was a distinguished theologian but also a naturalist, social commentator, poet, flute player and apple grower. A close friend of numerous, much more famous men, he lives forever in … More A sage of astonishing versatility

From Grand Tour to Grand Church

My last article introduced a Victorian benefactor who built a magnificent church in Nottingham from the proceeds of industry (A Church Fashioned From Pure Silk).  In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s second largest town, an equally imposing church was provided through a very different kind of benefactor. Henry Gally Knight (1796-1846) was a man of learning, politics and inherited … More From Grand Tour to Grand Church

Rare Survivals

As this this blog has now survived for 3 years I thought I would look at 3 exceptional churches in Northampton and bring out some historical links with the help of 3 relevant books from the Bromley House Library collection. This small subscription library in Nottingham has never failed to provide material to illuminate the fascinating … More Rare Survivals

Local heroes

On 9 September 1845, in front of 10,000 people in a field near Stony Stratford, William “Bendigo” Thompson beat “Big Ben” Caunt over 93 rounds in a grudge match for the heavyweight title of England. Both were bare-knuckle fighters, holders of the title at different times and both were from Nottinghamshire. They are commemorated in churchyards 6 miles … More Local heroes