Ten things you never knew about Nottingham’s famous buildings.

Published: 20th June 2008
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1. The Prince of Wales formally opened Midland counties museum and gallery of art (formally known as the Nottingham Castle) on the 3rd of July 1878.
2. Victoria Centre is the tallest building in Nottingham standing at 72m/256ft. Built in 1972 it is smaller than Big Ben (106m/320ft) but taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa (55m/180ft).
3. Four statues stand on top of the council building in the Nottingham market square. These represent Civic law, Prosperity, Commerce and Knowledge. The hallmarks of Nottingham.
4. Nottingham is home to one of the most ornate Tudor buildings in the UK. Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 and has recently been restored to the tune of ?39 million!
5. Newstead Abbey was built for Henry II in 1170, although the beautiful historic house set in some of the most glorious landscape in Nottinghamshire is more commonly known as the home of Lord Byron.
6. The Queen Chambers in Market Square, Nottingham is decorated by the scowling Queen Victoria as well as other mythical and mystical beasts.
7. Thomas Chambers Hine designed The Great Northern Station in 1856. This was later changed to the Grand Victorian Station in 1900 and is now a health club!
8. Sir William Pierrepoint built one of the first ever brick buildings to survive in Britain. Pierrepoint Holme Hall was made in 1500 and now hosts wedding receptions!
9. Rumours are abound about Rufford Abbey possibly getting a lottery grant to enable experts to reveal more about what many people deem the most complete estate landscapes in the whole of Britain.
10. William the Conqueror built the first castle in 1067 and it remains a landmark to this very day.
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