On the eleventh day of Christmas in Notts we give to you . . .
Eleven workers weaving!
Nottinghamshire has long been associated with the production of textiles, whether it be the world-famous lace industry or the factories around Mansfield which supplied hosiery to high street retailers such as Marks and Spencer.
Before the lace industry emerged, textiles were made using framework knitting machines. The machine had been invented by Calverton man William Lee and the village of Ruddington grew as a result of the factories which sprung up there. In the early 19th Century, Nottinghamshire became embroiled in the Luddite Rebellion. During this turbulent time, framework knitters smashed the new machines which they saw as a threat to their livelihoods. You can find out more at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington.
Lace-making in Nottingham had its heyday in the 1800s; the Lace Market area was full of factories, warehouses and salesrooms and firms exported it to all corners of the British Empire.
Stroll around the Lace Market today and on the buildings you will see hints of the area’s lace-making past. The huge windows may be perfectly suited to fashionable apartments and offices but they were originally designed to create light for the workers to make the intricate lace. While you are in this area, pop into Debbie Bryan’s shop where you can buy beautiful items inspired by our lace-making heritage.
At the heart of this vibrant area of Nottingham is the Lace Market Hotel, an elegant Georgian house which has been converted into a luxurious hotel. As well as beautifully-presented rooms, guests can also enjoy a meal at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant Merchants or sip a cocktail in the opulent Saint Bar. There is also the Cock and Hoop, a cosy pub serving real ales and hearty food.
Today, we are giving you the chance to WIN an overnight stay at the superb Lace Market Hotel, including dinner and bed and breakfast in January. To be in with a chance of winning simply fill out the form below by midnight tonight (terms and conditions apply).
Don’t forget to check out our festive offers page!
(This competition is now closed)