Literary Locations #80: Thrumpton Hall

Literary Locations #80: Thrumpton Hall

A turreted gatehouse and long driveway lead to the mansion, constructed with rosy bricks and crowned with curved stone gables; a place that Miranda Seymour calls home. The author was two years old when her parents moved into Thrumpton Hall, her father, George FitzRoy...
Literary Locations #64: Welbeck Abbey

Literary Locations #64: Welbeck Abbey

Originally a 12th century monastery, Welbeck Abbey in north Notts has been a Cavalier residence and an *army training college but it’s best known for being home to the Dukes of Portland and their families. Welbeck Abbey’s the 5th Duke of Portland and Lady...
20th Century Notts: 1976-1978

20th Century Notts: 1976-1978

1976 The Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell (1976) Of the fifty-plus published stories written by Nottinghamshire’s Helen Cresswell, The Winter of the Birds is believed to have been her personal favourite. It’s a humorous tale with elements of the gothic and...
20th Century Notts: 1973-1975

20th Century Notts: 1973-1975

1973 Nancy of Nottingham by Audrey Coppard (1973) Nancy and her brother are sent by their father to the big city of Nottingham after their mother dies. The young villagers are shocked at the poverty and struggle awaiting them in early 19th Century Nottingham as they...