7 The Forest (a)

The Grandstand on the Racecourse, c1800. Nottingham Historical Film Unit and www.picturethepast.org.uk

The Grandstand on the Racecourse, c1800. Nottingham Historical Film Unit and www.picturethepast.org.uk

The Forest was originally part of Sherwood Forest, and covered approximately 125 acres. Following the 1845 Enclosure Act this was reduced to roughly 80 acres, predominantly for recreation. The remaining land was sold off for housing development. The Enclosure Act is commemorated by the Inclosure Oak tree, planted in 1865, grown from an acorn brought from Windsor Great Park.

From the late 17th century until 1890, the Forest was the site of Nottingham’s annual horse races which were usually held in October, just before Goose Fair. The races were free except to those who were prepared to pay to enter the ‘silver’ or betting ring and the Grandstand, where they could drink whisky and champagne, but eat only sandwiches as there was no kitchen. It is claimed that 500 people could stand on the roof.

The Forest was where the local cavalry trained and the Robin Hood Rifles paraded. The Grandstand was used by the Rifles for signalling, and, after the closure of the race course, it became their headquarters. It was demolished in 1912.

Commemoration of the planting of the Inclosure Oak. Paul Elliott

Commemoration of the planting of the Inclosure Oak.
Paul Elliott

The Forest Recreation Ground, 2014. The Pavilion and team room have been recently restored through a major HLF grant. David Severn

The Forest Recreation Ground, 2014. The Pavilion and team room have been recently restored through a major HLF grant.
David Severn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The last race meeting on The Forest, 1890. Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

The last race meeting on The Forest, 1890.
Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Memorial to the men who fell in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Paul Elliott

Memorial to the men who fell in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).
Paul Elliott

 
 
 
 
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