Nottingham’s majestic architecture includes the grand Grade II listed property that houses The Alchemist on King Street and the Arkwright building that belongs to Nottingham Trent University. Another notable construction is the Adams Building, the largest building in the Lace market.

Now used by Nottingham College, it was once a lace warehouse, designed by Thomas Chambers Hine, the man responsible for restoring the ruins of Nottingham Castle and turning it into the museum and art gallery it is today.

Hockley’s most striking building sits on George Street, incongruously surrounded by modern and less noticeable architecture that you wouldn’t give a second glance to. The magnificent 19th century property, a mix of Gothic, Old English and Bavarian influences, was designed by Nottingham’s most acclaimed architect, Watson Fothergill.

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The son of a wealthy lace merchant, he was born Fothergill Watson, but changed his names to keep his mother’s maiden name. The Mansfield-born architect’s breakthrough came when he won a competition to design Nottingham’s Temperance Hall, the original Albert Hall, which was his first large and important building.

The building in all its glory on George Street

Fothergill was behind over 100 unique buildings in Nottingham and the East Midlands. The now-demolished Black Boy Hotel, Queens Chambers, at the corner of Long Row and King Street, and the Violin-Making School in Newark are among his best works.

Lucy Brouwer, who gives tours of Fothergill buildings in the city centre, said: “I can’t think of another building quite like the Watson Fothergill office. So much of Fothergill is embedded in it – its style, skills and influences. made you want to know more about the person and his buildings.


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