Nottingham in Old Photographs 1944 – 1974

This book is a collection of old photographs of Nottingham.


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From the back cover.

“The photographs in his selection, taken in Nottingham between fifteen and fifty years ago, are a nostalgic review of some of the sights and events of the period. Although they depict a time that is still within living memory, the city has undergone considerable change since the end of the Second World war, and many people will be surprised by how much they have forgotten.

Nottingham In Old Photographs

Photographs of the floods of the 1940s, of the railways in the atmospheric days of steam and of the Goose Fair in the years immediately after the war evoke another age altogether and remind us how history is made within our own lifetimes. Some of the most notable pictures how local people celebrating VE Day and the city’s Quincentenary, and views of a number of historic properties which have since disappeared and of the Old Market Square and the activities carried on there will revive many fond memories. Sections on Nottingham people at work and at play recall a time when the pace pf life was a little less hectic than our own, and a series of photographs taken from extraordinary vantage points offer an unusual  view of the city.

Goose Fair Photographs

The photographs are, in the main, the work of three local photographers; the late Frank Stevenson, John Lock and the author (Douglas Whitworth), who is responsible for the majority of the views and whose desire to to chronicle the changing view of his home city has made possible this fascinating visual record of a period which is often overlooked”.

Old Photos of Nottingham

This book was first published in 1991. It has 160 pages.

It has chapters on; The End of the War, The Quincentenary, Streets, Shops, Boots The Chemist, Buildings, The Old Market Square, The Goose Fair, The River Trent (and Floods), Sports and Pastimes, Transport and Views.



The Geldermalsen: the Wreck and the Porcelain

GeldermalsenThis is a book about the sinking of the Dutch trading vessel the Geldermalson which was wrecked on a reef in January 1752 as it returned from the East Indies.

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From the preface by Christian Jörg.

“In December 1985 I received a telephone call from Christie’s in Amsterdam. Michael Hatcher had found a new ship with over 150,000 pieces of porcelain. Most of it was already in Amsterdam for an auction in ’86. Perhaps I could come over and have a look.

My acquaintance with Hatcher dates back to 1984. At that time  there was an auction at Christie’s of mid-17th century porcelain, which Hatcher had recovered from the wreck of a Chinese junk. The pieces exceeded everyone’s expectations, to the great disappointment of the museums, whose budget is very limited these days.

Hatcher then donated over 50 pieces to the Groningen Museum as a basis for a public reference collection.

And now Christie’s had called about a much larger find. I’m not likely to forget the visit I paid to Amsterdam shortly after that phone call. We went to a shed in the dock area and there, on wooden racks, I saw endless rows of porcelain, Cups, saucers, plates, bowls…stacks and stacks of them. This is how it must have looked in the days of the Dutch East India Company, I thought. Just a warehouse full of porcelain, in all shapes and sizes, merchandise ready for auction. The warehouse of a large present -day department store looks exactly the same; racks of simple crockery meant for the general public. For a little while it was very difficult to see 18th century Chinese porcelain as something exclusive and rare.

Geldermalson Porcelain
Geldermalson Porcelain

After this first impression, excitement and curiosity got the upper hand. What I saw here corresponded nicely to the pictures I had formed of such a cargo when writing my thesis “Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade”. The records had given the impression of the type of porcelain the Dutch East India Company was shipping around the middle of the 18th century., and now I was eSeeing the real thing with mu very own eyes.

But if this had really come from a Dutch ship, then which East Indiaman could it be? The most obvious candidate was the Geldermalsen, which had sunk on her homeward voyage in 1752.




Sea Power Edited by E B Potter

Sea Power

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This new, second edition of Sea Power presents a complete history of the world’s navies from antiquity to the present. From the opening chapter on gallery warfare, through a section on Japanese naval history, to the rise and decline of the British navy and the rise and temporary decline of the American navy, readers will find a broad and colourful tapestry woven by respected naval historians.

The book focuses on the influences of sea power upon history as well as on naval operations – strategy, tactics, and logistics. It gives due consideration to changes in naval weapons and the administrative reforms brought about by them. Sea Power is a lively history in which the personalities that shaped events stand out as sharply as the events themselves.

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Marshalls of Cambridge. The book by Sir Arthur Marshall


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Marshall of Cambridge have been involved in virtually every British-built aircraft since the war. They designed and built the drop nose for Concorde, and are the technical centre for the RAF’s Hercules and TriStar fleets. The company has recently installed in a TriStar the Pegasus rocket used for positioning satellites into low earth orbit. Here, in this book, is an important contribution to aviation and industrial history, is the remarkable story of how this internationally famous aerospace company developed in two generations from just a small local garage.

Sir Arthur Marshall retired as chairman of the family owned company in 1989 after 80 years on involvement in the motor and aviation industries. His father, David Gregory Marshall, began work at the age of 14 in the kitchens of Trinity College Cambridge, soon proved his worth, and in his 20s was appointed Steward of the exclusive Pitt Cub, quickly converting losses into profits. His university contacts and enthusiasm fpr the potential of the motor car led him to start a hire  service for wealthy dons and undergraduates, with two chaeeur driven cars.

Vivid memories of growing up in a large family, school and university reflect life as it then was. Arthur Marshall achieved and engineering degree at Jesus College Cambridge, won an Athletics Blue, and accompanied the British team as a reserve to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris immortalized in the film of Chariots of Fire.

In 1928 Arthur Marshall caught the aviation bug and, with his father’s loyal support, learned to fly, bought a Gipsy Moth, and together they established a landing ground in a field behind his father’s house. The excitement of his early flying adventures and, the author claims, sheer luck and chance meetings, led to the opening of a flying school in 1929.

Told here in this book for the first time is the behind-the-scenes story of Arthur Marshall’s fight in World War 2 for national adoption of a revolutionary procedure for the rapid training of pilots and flying instructors. This was eventually succesful, but unfortunately not in time for the Battle Of Britain. Marshall went on to train 20,000 air crew by the end of the war.

World War 2 also saw the beginnings of Marshall’s aircraft repair organisation. After the war a major design office was developed. The company built huge aircraft hangars, and constructed a runway capable of accepting the largest aircraft – the only such runway in England built without public funding.

In support of its aviation work, Marshall established a commercial vehicle and bus building facility with a peak production of over 140 a week, and at one time supplying more than 80% of the UK’s military thin skinned vehicles and buses. The Marshall Garage Group expanded to 20 depots throughout the south-east selling a wide range of cars and commercial vehicles. This self-finaced company  has brought significant prosperity and employment to the Cambridge area and provides the city with a fully functional airport at no cost to the community.

The Marshall Story is a fascinating aacount of extrordinary achievement set against a rapidly changing industrial and social backfop spanning a century.