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Queen’s Chambers, Nottingham

Queen’s Chambers, Old Market Square. One of my favourite local buildings and one that I always think of as quintessentially Nottingham when away from here. Many a time caught a bus home to the suburbs from the shadow of this showy and stately building, in the days when buses and other vehicles were actually allowed to use the city’s roads extensively.

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Queen’s Chambers, Nottingham

Designed by Watson Fothergill, (1841-1926), a feted local architect with a penchant for turrets, towers, tall chimneys and wall decorations of horizontal blue-black bricks.

Fothergill, who designed some 100 buildings in Nottingham and the East Midlands also enjoyed a little Gothic imagery through the addition of gargoyles, animals, plant life and heavy dark wood beams in his unique designs.

His striking buildings remain testament to his imagination, dotted around the Lace City still to this day.


March 1, 2017 - Posted by | On The Road | , , ,


  1. Truly one of Nottingham’s great buildings. I too remember catching buses there outside the Queens Street Post Office. That too was a building with a surprise few people knew about. In the attic over the Post Office was a rifle range where I used to shoot .22 rim-fire target rifles and pistols with the rifle club.

    Catching trolley buses outside reminds me of a family get together when somebody asked which was the longest bus route. (The 44) then the longest trolley bus route. Then granny joined in and told us it was a tram route, She told us they used to change the horses at the bottom of Derby Road. Horse trams were pulled by two horses, except when going up steep hills such as Derby Road, when a third horse, known as a Cock Horse, was attached. There was a place in the Old Market Square called the Cock Horse Stand where the horses waited.

    The only problem with nostalgia is it makes you feel old!

    Comment by Clive Bagshaw | March 2, 2017

  2. Thanks for your contribution, Clive, some great information there! I had no idea about the rifle range on Queen Street. I was aware of a couple of other ones outside the city, one in particular in Arnold on at the old Drill Hall on Arnot Hill Road. We also have of course the nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross’.


    Comment by Stuart | March 2, 2017

  3. I actually worked at the Queen’s Chambers in Nottingham about 1989. Right at the top. I mean, the very top. As far as the rickety old lift would take you and then up some stairs. The company based there was Alan Smith Advertising. It was pretty neat. Opening the door, going in to the right they had a fax machine and snooker table. Offices all the way down to the right and I guess a studio for going artwork and photography at the far end. It’s be easy to dash out across the square to Lloyds Bank, to the post office at the end of the street, and to Marks & Spencers for some lunch. Ahh fun times. Nottingham was one of my favorite cities out of those I’ve lived in and visited. Now, well, I’m a long way from there.Thanks for the memory.

    Comment by Nigel Reed | June 2, 2017

  4. Great comments, Nigel! Thanks very much for the insight into the old building and landmark. I’m glad it brought back some pleasant memories for you.

    Comment by Stuart | June 3, 2017

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