Sunday 4 June 2017

Sunday Snap – The Lace Market

We had a trip to the Isle of Wight for last week’s Sunday Snap. I asked what year did Queen Victoria die at Osborne House and the answer is


Regally getting the answer right were Susan, Cheryl, Gentle Joy and Kara.

This week we are off to the Lace Market. At one stage many towns and cities around Britain were synonymous with certain trades, skills and industries. Northampton was famous for its shoes, Leicester made hosiery and in Sheffield it was manufacturing steel. For this East Midlands city it was lace.

There was never really a lace market as such with stalls but instead there was a quarter filled with warehouses and salesrooms dedicated to storing and selling lace. Lace manufacturing in this city developed out of the industrial revolution with these buildings being constructed mainly between 1845 and 1865. The arrival of the railway in 1848 next to this area meant the lace could be sent across the country easily. The population of the city grew from 11,000 to 60,000 in 1850. Along with the construction of new buildings came the demolition of earlier houses on this site. The above photograph shows the street now known as Broadway where the fine Plumptre House and gardens once stood. Such was the growth of the lace industry that buildings between 4 and 7 storeys high were needed to house both the machinery and the workers. Changes in fashion meant that the industry went into decline and was no longer viable. These days the area has been gentrified with luxury flats, cafés and bars plus modern offices and university buildings. This week’s question is

Which city is associated with the making of lace?

We were joined last week by
Susan who has been taking the time to see the flowers. Cheryl was looking back at some very old family photos. We were seeing the benefit of going black and white with Gentle Joy. Kara has been red squirrel spotting and visiting Arundel Cathedral.

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  1. I've no idea, but it's a beautiful building. This is a lovely striking photo x

  2. I think it is Nottingham

  3. I believe it's Nottingham, it's not that far from me and I've visited several times.


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