Published in 1876 Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions describes itself as a miscellany of "Curious manners and customs, legends, traditions and anecdotes; and demonology, witchcraft and miscellaneous superstitions". Collected and edited by John Potter Briscoe, the Principal Librarian of the Nottingham Free Public Libraries, this volume is a collection of some of the weird and wonderful, true and untrue stories about Nottinghamshire. Part I of the books deals with Curious Manners and Customs, including such things as Plough Bullocks, the Ancient Mode of Electing Nottingham Mayors, Butchers' Serenades. Matrimonial Customs and Cock Fighting.
Part II covers the Legends, Traditions and Anecdotes, covering topios like Shelford Men and their Velvet Collars, Why Dunblain Chapel was Erected and some Jottings about Byron. The final part of the books deals with Demonology, Withcraft and Miscellaneous Superstitions including a Contest with the Devil near Nottingham, cures for various ailments, and horse shoes.
Folklore and tradition play an enormous role in communites and this publication throws light on some of the beliefs and customs of the community of Nottingham. And whoever knew a dog could play such a crucial role in the cure of hooping cough in children?
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Details of those with inclosures of land in Nottinghamshire. A very rare resource, this 1904 copy is one of only 300 published.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Transcribed extracts, with notes, of very early records of the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (1131-1307). After Domesday, the most important records relating to each county are the Pipe Rolls, and their value is immense.
They contain the accounts and budget of each county including accounts for aid, taxes, scrutages, reliefs, fee farm rents, fines and amercements, and charges for work provided for the county or the King. As such they contain the names of thousands of people, and family history information which is not available from any other source.
Extremely detailed accounts of the county's towns, churches, castles, antiquities, monuments and scenery plus notices and biographies of 'Eminent and Learned Men to whom this County has given Birth'.
A superb history of this Nottinghamshire parish, made all the more valuble by the inclusion of all of the marriages in the parish registers from 1558 to 1812 plus 1663 Hearth tax and 1525 Lay Subsidy records.
The author, Charles Gerring, is in fact the man who abstracted the marriages of Gedling for a certain Mr Phillimore's series of Nottinghamshire marriages and it is worth noting that we have not yet located the Phillimore volume containg these important records.
We have made complete new high quality scans of this extremely rare book, and to celebrate the second birthday of the Archive CD Books Project, we re-issued it in fully searchable PDF format for Acrobat Reader and in addition on the CD there are complete indexes for all names, places and subjects appearing in the book.
The Nottingham Date Book has fascinated me since I discovered a copy at the Nottinghamshire Archives. It is a book of the history of Nottingham from 850 to 1884. In particular, after about 1750, it is full of references to every-day happenings in the town and its people. Not just important people, but normal people too. Its fascination for me is not only because I was born in Nottingham and interested in its history, but also as a family historian, as it contains so many references to people and every-day events.
It is a particularly rare book, and even more so in its complete edition up to 1884. Until now, one had to try to find a copy of the original book (a near impossible task) in order to read it. I had certainly never been able to find a copy for sale. I am indebted to Mr Adrian Henstock, Principal Archivist of the Nottinghamshire Archives, who allowed me to borrow their copy of the book in order to reproduce it in this form. The copy of the Nottingham Date Book at the Nottinghamshire Archives was in sad condition, especially its cover, which needed complete restoration. Archive CD Books has donated the cost of renovating the book (£120.00) using traditional materials and techniques, with an embossed and gilded leather spine, and it is now in the Archives in perfect condition.
VOLUME 1, SECTION 2 ONLY. Some of the names in the index do not appear on this CD.
The actual title of this book "The Feudal History of the County of Derby" (compiled by Yeatman, Sitwell & Foljambe, 1886) is somewhat misleading. It contains details of very ancient records of both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and the chapters each have headings "Collections for the History of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire". Essentially it covers the period from the 11th to 13th centuries.
This is a volume of transcriptions and abstracts from rare and ancient documents relating to families and their pedigrees and holdings of land, (they are somewhat like the entries in the Domesday book, but in much more detail), and also includes some lists of named tenants and their rents. This is where it also becomes immensely valuable for those studying the family history of the normal people.
One cannot say that this book is "easy reading", but it is very comprehensively indexed for both names (many thousands of them) and places.
The original book, with lots of superb illustrations, engravings, maps, etc. The authoritative source on Nottingham history and people. Everyone with Nottingham ancestors should own a copy of this CD book!
This book follows the steps of the Improvement Commission from 1823 to 1932 when the book was published. The commission made radical changes to the town that completely altered the residents' lives. Their problems seem to be similar in nature to those faced by our own Town Planner today, traffic congestion, an increasing population and concerns about health. Using maps and pictures the book explains the Commissions decision to employ a "Scavenger" (Street Cleaner), provide gas lights, employ a Police Officer, lay water pipes and the results the increasingly heavy taxes were having on the towns residents.
An excellent book, full of detailed background information, great for local and family historians.
Bailey's Annals of Nottinghamshire are in four volumes, (our copy has two volumes bound into each of two books) published in 1853, and with lots of old pictures, and engravings. Covering the history and people of Nottinghamshire from the year 627 to 1849. Totally fascinating for both historians and genealogists.
Vol. 1 (1892-3), Vol. 2 (1894), Vol. 3 (1895), Vol. 4 (1896) and Vol. 6 (1898) on one CD
Note: Volume 5 is not available
A superb collection of dozens of articles relating to the two counties. Fabulous reading. This series of books, starting in 1892, each contain a series of smaller publications relating to history and genealogy. They are somewhat like the present day journals of a history society or family history society. Lots of interest!
Fully bookmarked and searchable.
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A collection of genealogical notes and pedigrees of the Stretton family which date back to 1217. There also many notes and descriptions of places and buildings such as churches in Nottinghamshire.
A wonderful history of Nottinghamshire published in 1893. Only 750 were ever published, this volume is number 432, so this is a very rare book indeed.
A fascinating book with an amazing amount of information about Nottingham's ancient wall which was commenced in 1267 and took nearly thirty years to complete. The wall had largely disappeared by the 1740's.
A wonderful book with fabulous descriptions of places in Nottingham
A superb history book about Nottingham Castle. Interestingly the profits from the sale of the *original* book were donated to a fund for the Museum.
A wonderful and very comprehensive history of the County of Nottinghamshire.
Written by James Orange this is one of the classic history books. The title page reads thus:
History and Antiquities of Nottingham in which are exhibited the various institutions, manners, customs, arts and manufactures of the people; their social and domestic habits; civil and political conditions under every successive government, from their conquest by the Normans, Danes, Saxons, Romans and early British Independency, down to the present time.
A wonderful history book covering all aspects of life in old Nottingham. A great way to see how the town has grown and changed over the years. This book discusses Nottingham's history from its foundation to 1853, when the book was published. Unusually it contains not only the history of Nottingham's institutions, amenities and landmarks but also its social and cultural history, including chapters on Nottingham's poetry, old customs, recreations, social and sanitary state, music and musicians. Full of tales and rich in detail this book brings Old Nottingham to life.
From the "Impostors and Eccentric Characters" chapter,
"Jockey John died in St. Mary's workhouse in December 1797. This pauper had resided in the house a considerable time, and had always been regarded as a male and the father of a family, several illegitimate children having been sworn to him. On being laid out the body was discovered to be that of a woman. She had formerly been a groom in the service of Sir Harry Harper and figured on the turf under the cognomen of "Jockey John".
Three volumes, published between 1895 and 1899. A history of the religious institutions in this ancient city.
Not only relating to the three main parish churches of Nottingham, but other ancient churches and religious institutions too, including the chapels in the castle, a chapel actually on Trent Bridge, a chapel in the caves of Nottingham, a mediaeval synagogue for the town's jews, and lots more.
This is not just a simple descriptive work, but an extremely in-depth scholarly study in great detail.
A history of the Nottingham Miners Association. Contains details of strike actions, pay and conditions and new legislations introduced to protect the rights of the miners in Nottinghamshire.
This is essential reading if your ancestors were mining folk in the county.
This was scanned for the project from the original book by Stella Morley Newman of Nottingham. The book was produced in 1926 was a very limited edition for those attending the annual conference of the British Medical Association. It has many excellent photographs of Nottingham in the early 1920s, even some aerial photos. The book contains descriptions of the history of Nottingham, its development, people and industries.
Nottingham Burgess Enrolments
This was scanned from the relevant pages of two of the volumes of The Records of the Borough of Nottingham. (In total, there are nine large volumes in this series covering the period 1155 to 1900, and these are available as separate CDs from Archive CD Books.) Each year men were enrolled as burgesses of the town. Effectively, this gave them certain rights, including the right to vote. To qualify as a burgess, one had to be either, born in the town, served an apprenticeship there, or have a business there, although some burgesses were purchased. Therefore the burgess rolls list the name and occupation of each person enrolled in each year. The years covered are 1702-1703 and also 1760-1800 inclusive. This does not include just the "important" people in the town, but ordinary men such as the framework knitters, etc. This makes the information particularly useful for genealogists, as it is one of the very few ways of finding out the occupation of people before the details shown in the 1841 census.
If you have ancestors from Nottinghamshire, then this book is a "must" for your collection.
This book was one of a series published in 1738 which covered the whole of Great Britain. Some county volumes (including this one for Nottinghamshire) were issued separately, and some combined with other counties, making up six volumes in all. Here we have an account and description of Nottinghamshire in great detail, and in particular the complete history, and state of each settlement within it in 1738.
Colonel Hutchinson was one of the major figures in the English Civil War. He was based in Nottingham. This wonderful account of his life was taken from contemporary articles, and letters, many written by his wife.
This is one of the most comprehensive insights to life and events during the Civil War in Nottinghamshire.
A very rare book
Two books on 1 CD
Annals of Newark (1879), Cornelius Brown (347pp) (The acknowledged authoritative source on the history of Newark.) A superb reference book covering Newark and its district from earliest times, everything from the Romans, through to detailed reports on the Civil War and the siege of Newark (1642), to sightings of UFOs reported by the vicar of Elston in 1716 and much more. Lots of names. Wonderful. Fully searchable using Acrobat Reader.
A Guide to Newark (1906), Thomas Blagg (130pp)
(Not shown here). A small book describing Newark as it was in 1906.
Several smaller books on one CD.
Mostly historical ,and photographs of old Nottingham, etc.
As the Years Have Passed By in Nottingham: 130 pages - (Undated, but 1918 or earlier). A simple and concise history of Nottingham, with many photographs, and drawings of Nottingham streets in Victorian times. Includes a lovely picture of the windmills on The Forest (of which there were thirteen!).
Nottingham in the Days of Dick Turpin (1724): Excellent. Transcripts of contemporary documents, letters, etc. of the period relating to this famous highwayman and his activities.
The Turnpike Roads of Nottinghamshire: The development of roads in Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire Notable Events 869-1938 (1934): A short calendar of major events in the city's history
Guide to Nottingham Castle (1878): Contains wonderful illustrations of the old and new castles, and surroundings. Lots of local illustrated advertisements.
Historical Handbook to Nottingham Castle: (undated, but probably c 1880) "The only Complete History Ever Published". Includes Mortimer's Hole, Wars of the Roses, The Civil War and the castle's destruction, rebuilding by the Duke of Newcastle, the burning of the castle by a mob in 1831, and the rebuilding to make it Nottingham's Art Museum in 1878. Some illustrations.
Links with Old Nottingham: 60 photographic illustrations with notes. (1924) This is a really excellent book!
Two volumes, published in 1902 and 1904. reproduced on one CD.
Imagine you have lived in your town for 70 years, and decide to write an account of what the streets were like, the changes over that time, and the people who lived there, together with first hand anecdotes and stories... and you also did research on the history of every street in the town. This is what James Granger did in 1902 in Nottingham. 430 pages of tiny print (but enlarged so that you can view the pages on the computer comfortably). An absolute gem for historians and genealogists.
Books kindly lent by Rob Loasby
A wonderful collection of short articles relating to Nottinghamshire over the ages. People, places, events, anecdotes, old wive's tales, songs & rhymes, dialect, etc. Written by one of the county's leading historians, and published in 1874.
A large book containing a very comprehensive history of the parish and of the priory. Contains lots of references to people and places in Nottingham, which is about two miles distant. A major historical work, well illustrated.
A very readable account of Nottinghamshire and its history, people, transport, farming and trades. Lots of stories and historical anecdotes, from the "Fair Maid of Clifton" to the "Wise men of Gotham".
The book contains many early photographs of Nottingham and various places in the county, together with illustrations of stocking frames and lace making machines, etc.
A very rare book indeed, of which only two copies are known. Beautiful photographs of the interior and exterior of the new Council House.
Hundreds of pages hand written. Lots of information about sick and aged people he visited in Nottingham, Basford and Plumtree daily. A unique original.
The Royal Charters form the basis for the laws of the town, some of which are still applicable; and its rights, including those of holding markets and fairs, etc.
Nine large volumes, each about 500 pages, covering the records of Nottingham from 1155 to 1900, and published from 1882 onwards. Each of the earlier volumes are in Latin and with English translations on the opposite pages.
Each volume is fully indexed for names, places and subjects, and contains an immense amount of information about the history and people of Nottingham, their way of life, court cases, deeds, wills, etc.
This is the most comprehensive collection of transcriptions of original documents of Nottingham, all of which are preserved at the Nottinghamshire Archives.
Each of the volumes contains thousands of names of Nottingham people, and events relating to their lives, in addition to Deeds and Charters affecting the community and district as a whole. The records contain not only all of the official documents of the town, but also reports of other events, lists of burgesses, crimes and petty sessions relating to the normal people, etc.
One of the fascinating aspects of the books is that they illustrate how civilised and structured that town life was even in the early years of Nottingham's history.
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