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NLHA Spring Day School 2019, Burning Issues

23 March, 10:00 am4:00 pm

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On Saturday 23rd March 2019 at The Village Hall,Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire NG15 9BN, 10:00am to 4:00pm.  £8.00 for NLHA members and £9.00 for non-members 


  • 9.30am – Registration and Refreshments 
  • 10.00am – Start 
  • 10.15am – A Political Hot Topic: Fireplaces in Late Mediaeval Architecture– James Wright 
  • 11.15am – 200 Years of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway – Denis Hill 
  • 12.15pm – AGM 
  • 2.00pm – Updates from the Floor 
  • 3.00pm – Flooding from the River Trent in Nottingham – Gary Watson 
  • 4.15pm – Finish 
A Political Hot Topic – We think of open fires as simple and practical areas of buildings – intended to provide heat, light and something to cook food on. However, in the late mediaeval period the carved sculpture of fireplaces offered an opportunity to demonstrate family connections, sacred messages and political allegiances at a time of growing civil unrest. Using examples from a variety of castles, houses and religious buildings, this talk builds up to a discussion on the use of fireplaces at Nottingham Castle as a vehicle for showing partisan loyalties during the Wars of the Roses. 200 Years of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway – The Mansfield & Pinxton Railway opened 13th April 1819 on a 7½ miles route from Mansfield Wharf, over the viaduct at Kings Mill, past Kirkby Hardwick, over the Summit, through Kirkby, Portland Park and New Selston before arriving at the Pinxton Wharf. It brought coal into Mansfield, and exported sand, stone and malt, amongst other items, via the Cromford Canal link at Pinxton Wharf. The line has been in continuous use since 1819, now with the Robin Hood Line closely following the Kirkby to Mansfield section, this makes it the oldest continuously operating railway line in England  Updates from the Floor – An opprotunity to promote local activities and projects. Flooding from the River Trent in Nottingham – Gary Watson is a recently retired civil engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) with a particular role in Flood Risk Management. The River Trent is the third-longest river in the United Kingdom. Its source is in Staffordshire on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. It flows through and drains most of the metropolitan central and northern Midlands south and east of its source north of Stoke-on-Trent. The river is known for dramatic flooding after storms and spring snowmelt, which in past times often caused the river to change course


23 March
10:00 am–4:00 pm
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Nottinghamshire Local History Association


Ravenshead Village Hall
61 Vernon Crescent
Ravenshead, NG15 9BN
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