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ISBN: 9780857042668
AUTHOR: Andrew Beardmore
Nottinghamshire Unusual & Quirky
Nottinghamshire Unusual & Quirky
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Nottinghamshire, Robin Hood’s county, is full of pleasant countryside, historic buildings and thriving cities, towns and villages. But lurking not far beneath its surface is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing.

Nevertheless, although most definitely unusual and quirky, this book still has plenty to offer in terms of conventional reference – albeit delivered in an original and humorous format. And despite the fact that it is divided into two sections called Conventional Nottinghamshire and Quirky Nottinghamshire, even the Conventional half is riddled with quirkiness.

So although you get key facts and figures along with a detailed history from the Stone Age to present day, the whole section is interspersed with the book’s idiosyncratic “Quirk Alerts”; like an anecdote called “George’s Grill” showing up in prehistoric times, along with an eighteenth century nod to Game of Thrones and a lateral nineteenth century reference to Vampire Diaries!

However, understandably it is the Quirky Nottinghamshire section where things turn really strange, and where a seemingly random almanac of 55 Nottinghamshire places have their quirkiest facts laid bare: like which Nottinghamshire villages are home to a lethal Roman curse, an 8 foot trumpet and the Black Pig Dancers, which one swapped sides of the Trent in the sixteenth century and which one saw the capture of the evil Black Panther in 1975; or how about Harry Potter’s gravestone, an oven made of gravestones, the Flying Bedstead, Britain’s Festival Village of 1951 and Britain’s “hardest pub”; and not forgetting a pub chair that increases fertility, a house haunted by an inebriated butler and an evil bishop, plus a village which puts cows on thatched roofs to keep them topped up on straw!

If you think you know Nottinghamshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book and think again…

Andrew Beardmore has spent most of his working life in Nottingham, and currently works at Phoenix Park. However, his first introduction to Nottingham was courtesy of Brian Clough, whilst sitting in the back of the great man’s Mercedes as he cruised along the Victoria Embankment towards the City Ground. As well as numerous Cloughie anecdotes, subsequent journeys to away matches on the team train also introduced Andrew to the “guess a correct word” competition when listening into three-way card games between Archie Gemmill, John Robertson and Kenny Burns!

Andrew embarked on a 28-year career in I.T. However, although still a full-time I.T. Capacity Manager, he has returned to his childhood loves of history and geography. He writes in his spare time and this has resulted in the publication of Derbyshire: Unusual & Quirky in 2014. It was only natural that Nottinghamshire should appear next.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 266 8, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published July 2015.

Derbyshire Unusual & QuirkyDerbyshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Derbyshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again...
Portrait of Robin Hood CountryPortrait of Robin Hood Country - £14.99
The husband and wife team of Peter and Janet Roworth have spent a year photographing this unique part of Nottinghamshire. Their collection of photographs takes you on a seasonal journey through the fields, parks, heaths and woods that make the area so special.
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