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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sights of Nottingham -- Old Market Square

Note 1: High resolution images of some of the following photos are available. These photos are marked with [HiRes] tags (Hi-Resolution) in their captions. Click on the photos to view their higher resolution images.

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I've posted tens of photos on the University of Nottingham. I guess it's time for a change, so let's go for a walk...

... to Nottingham City Centre!!! Hurray!!! It's a 30-minute-walk away from my place, but you're lucky to be spared of the exercise.

A building in Nottingham City Centre.

There are tonnes to photos to share, so today I'm just going to show you the area around the Old Market Square.

Old Market Square, Nottingham
[HiRes] Old Market Square, Nottingham. The grand, old structure in the background is the Nottingham Council House.

The Nottingham Old Market Square is the largest town square surviving in the United Kingdom. Covering an area of over 22,000 square metres, events and fairs are frequently held there.

The Old Market Square has been recently renovated and now includes a fountain.

Wet and Fun
[HiRes] Water fountain of the Old Market Square.

Interestingly, the fountain can be turned off and drained to reveal an amphi-theatre style seating, good for performances.

Wet and Fun (cropped)
Cropped version of the above picture. Can be found on Flickr, but no higher resolution available.

Story tells that it was here that Robin Hood famously won the Silver Arrow from the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Today, the Nottingham Council House sits majestically beside the Square. It houses the city hall of Nottingham, as well as the Exchange Arcade, a high-end shopping complex (albeit too small to be attractive).

Nottingham Council House
[HiRes] The facade of the Council House.

The Exchange Arcarde
[HiRes] Interior of the Exchange Arcade.

Another reference to Robin Hood can be found here -- the clock bell of the Council House is named Little John.

The Dome
[HiRes] The dome, Nottingham Council House.

I've been to the Square for several times now, and saw tents set up during most weekends, selling all sorts of snacks and delicacies.

The weekend crowd among the tents in Old Market Square.

These tents are not available during weekdays. And while the weekend crowd is simply crazy, with children playing in the fountain, the smaller weekday visitors are mainly adults.

The many types of cheese sold in one of the tents.

It was in Old Market Square that I saw a tram with my own eyes for the very first time.

Forgive me lah, but trams are non-existent in Malaysia and Singapore.

Nottingham Tram
[HiRes] Nottingham Tram. Haven't got a chance to ride one yet.

There are still lots of things to see.

For example, during my first trip here, I realised that McD restaurants in UK are not painted red.

No Ronald McDonald, no big Golden Arches on striking red background. If I were illiterate I wouldn't know it's a McD at all.

Then there's the street market.

Colourful scarves/hats for sale! This scene looked strangely out of place in UK -- the Malaysian Pasar Malam would suit this store perfectly.

For my friends who love to read, there's also a store selling books at quite reasonable prices.

£5 for 3 novels. The Chinese say that books are the food for the souls. The truth is, these soul foods are cheaper than body food in UK.

More pictures of the City and University of Nottingham coming up in November! For the time being, Happy Hallowe'en!!!


  1. omg i love ur pictures! keep them coming! :)

  2. Vee Mae:

    thanks a lot! i love this batch too, hence the many [HiRes] photos.

  3. ur pics are AMAZING! love the water fountain one....and crazy over the last pic !! =p

  4. Joanna:

    thanks! but i'm sure SL can get better photos next year. you'll see how two people catch vastly different photos of the very same thing!

  5. hmm ... I think when it concerns artsy stuff like these there isn't a better or worse ... Just different perspectives to cater to different beholders =D so far i like urs

  6. Joanna:

    hmmm. true, true. thanks for enjoying my pics. more coming up!!!


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