This is another image from the exhibition I had at Brewhouse Yard, entitled We Share These Streets. It shows the familiar corner of King Street (left) and Long Row East (right) formed from two photographs; one taken in 1930 (which appears courtesy of Bernard Beilby and Picture The Past) and the other taken by me in 2012.
In 1930, the area around the Council House (which was only just being completed) wasn’t pedestrianized. People back then seem to have been made of sterner stuff than today. The motorcyclist, for example, is content with a flat cap rather than a crash helmet. I love the fashion of the people in the older image. It feels as though we could be looking at a still from a Harold Lloyd film, which I suppose is appropriate for the era.
Clarks shoe shop occupies the site that 80 years earlier housed a store belonging to Craddock Bros Limited. Clarks bought out the Northampton company (which formed around 1875) in 1964 and carried-on the shoemaking tradition that has dominated that corner of Nottingham long before any of us can remember.
The oft-overlooked corner building itself is Russell Chambers, designed by Marshall and Turner in 1895. Some of the decorative relief on the building reminds me of the swirls on a custard cream biscuit, which may be why I find myself so drawn to it.