Tell somebody you’re from Nottingham and his first thought would most likely be Robin Hood... or the number of beautiful, eligible women he could get lucky with on Stag & Hen Weekends because of the city’s fabled 4:1 (or 3:1, 5:1 or 7:1, depending on whom you ask) women to men ratio.
But did you know that this female to male ratio myth originated during Nottingham’s reign as the lace capital of the world in the 1860s, when 110,000 women were reportedly employed in the mills? Today, the latest census records of the city ? otherwise known as the Queen of Midlands ? reveal even gender distributions - 134,458 women to 132,530 men.
If you’re looking to find out this matter (on male to female ratio) for yourself, expect to be blown away by Nottingham’s unparalleled nightlife and numerous affordable lodging options. And if you’re looking to sell your car in Nottingham because you’d rather enjoy a peaceful bicycle ride along the city’s beautiful cycling trails, you’re in the right place. We make car selling easy for you with our three-step process ? we will buy your car simply, quickly and securely.
Goose Fair - Each October, the Forest Rec of Nottingham is transformed into a world of magical rides and mouth-watering food stands.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - The oldest pub in Britain invites both foreigners and locals to come over for a drink in their Brewhouse Yard each year. Experience the nightlife Richard the Lionheart himself had tasted.
National Videogame Arcade - In March 2015, the UK’s first cultural centre for video games has opened in Nottingham city centre. The entertainment-loaded five-storey building aims to showcase all things related to video games.
Nottingham Castle - Designed by William the Conqueror, Thomas Chambers Hine, Samuel Marsh and William Peverel, the 17th century ducal mansion is now transformed into a museum and art gallery. And, every October, it hosts the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, with over 1100 different ales and 220 different ciders.
Annual Music Festivals - Catch Nottingham’s lively music scene with its annual music festivals Dot to Dot, Splendour and Forest Live.
Famous Contributions to the World
The City of Nottingham is renowned for the amazing inventions of its brilliant residents. These life-improving creations include:
The first Video Cassette Tape Recorder was invented in Nottingham. It was named Telcan back then, short for “television in a can”, and had the capacity to record videos for 20 minutes in black and white.
English physicist and University of Nottingham professor Sir Peter Mansfield revolutionised medical technology with his discoveries regarding Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with Paul Lauterbur, for this watershed moment in the field of modern medicine. The first MRI equipment was only large enough to stick your finger. Eventually, it grew in size and is now used by doctors around the world to detect stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, dementia and developmental anomalies, among others.
It’s hard to imagine not having this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) when you’re feeling feverish and suffering from all sorts of body pain. Dr. Stewart Adams made this over-the-counter wonder drug capable of soothing a variety of physical agonies, from punishing hangovers to atrocious migraines to the most-dreaded toothache, in Nottingham.
One day in 1901, Notts county surveyor Edgar Hooley was walking in Denby when he spotted a smooth area near an ironworks. Upon enquiry, he found out that a barrel of tar had been spilled when it fell off a dray. To hide the mess, someone had poured waste slag on it. Noting its solidifying effect, Hooley patented the process in 1902, which involves heating tar and adding slag and stones into the mixture. Having mastered the procedure, Hooley began to tarmac roads, and Nottingham’s Radcliffe road became his first project.
We’ve been so used to the idea of traffic lights, acting as routine fixtures in our daily commute that it’s pretty much difficult to envision a time without their multicoloured guidance. But in 1866, when Nottingham high school student John Peake Knight has had enough of seeing deadly road accidents, he devised a plan to make the streets safer for everyone and developed the world’s first traffic lights. This was placed close to London’s House of Commons. Its earliest appearance was in the form of a revolving gas-powered lantern equipped with red and green lights.
Another daily commodity that has originated from Nottingham is running water. In the early 1800s, thousands of people died from cholera and typhoid epidemics due to the poor condition of water supply. When Nottingham found itself amidst a large-scale population explosion between 1720 and 1830, leaving its crammed residents with insufficient and contaminated water supply, Trent Waterworks Company engineer Thomas Hawksley stepped in and designed the country’s first high-pressure water system. It supplied potable water by turning the taps. He was only 25 years old at the time of his breakthrough invention yet it allowed him to solve many countries’ water distribution and storage problems.
Whether you call it Wilson’s gravy, red sauce or brown sauce, the original recipe of the HP sauce was developed by a Nottingham grocer named Frederick Gibson Garton. In 1895, he registered the name H.P. Sauce after the Houses of Parliament because of word of mouth that a restaurant near it had started serving the sauce.
Known as one of the world’s oldest bicycle companies, it was founded in 1885 by Woodhead and Angois. And if there’s anything more famously labelled as “Made in Nottingham”, it’s Raleigh bikes. Its historic models include the Amazon, Arena, Boxer, Chopper, Cyclone, Executive, Gran Prix, Lizard, Marathon, Memphis, Mustang, RSW14, RSW16 and Winner, among others. Although the last framed bike ? which proudly called out Nottingham as its place of origin ? rolled out in 2002, a design and distribution centre still stands in Eastwood today.
A Serious Love Affair with Public Transport
There’s more to the city’s public recognitions aside from its remarkable inventions. Nottingham isn’t just the seventh largest conurbation in the UK. In 2010, it’s also voted the least car-dependent city in England by the Campaign for Better Transport and won Transport Authority of the Year in the UK Bus Awards. As one of the leading cities for satisfying, safe and sustainable public transit, it offers the largest public bus service. This is equipped with a colour warning system and is ran by Nottingham City Transport, which won twice as the National Bus Operator of the Year since 1999. It also provides 30 miles of inspiring and energising bicycle paths as well as an expanding nine-mile tram system used by 10 million passengers annually.
This means you don’t really need a petrol-guzzling vehicle. So sell your car in Nottingham in favour of its award-winning mass transit or its traffic-free, adventure-filled cycling routes. Have any make or model valued free today.