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Geoffrey Oldfield

Nottingham: A Changing City

Nottingham: A Changing City

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This book chronicles the changing face of Nottingham through the 20th Century. Each chapter gives a brief history of the area or landmark in question, taking the reader back to a time long before photography.

Nottingham has been a city since 1897, after being a borough since about the sixth century. The 19th century brought great changes in population, size and character, as Nottingham grew from a small borough of 29,000.

In 1877 the borough extended its boundaries by taking in the surrounding parishes. The oldest citizens in 1897 could remember the many changes that had taken place in their lifetime.

These changes were mainly brought about by the building of houses, factories, public buildings and railways. By 1997 the population had increased from 239,000 in the 1901 census to 278,000 in 2005.

New buildings included multi-storey houses, commercial buildings, cinemas, libraries, schools and two universities, and there was much change as a result of 20th-century transport.

About the Author

Geoffrey Oldfield is one of the leading authorities on the history of Nottingham. His lifetime interest in photography and local history has led to a series of books on all aspects of the city.

He is a well-known member of local history and conservation societies.

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