Nottingham History


Nottingham began in the 6th century as a small Saxon settlement. In the late 9th century the Danes conquered North East and Eastern England. They turned Nottingham into a fortified settlement or burgh.

In 1067 William the Conqueror built a wooden castle to guard Nottingham. (It was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century). Nottingham grew rapidly after the Norman Conquest.
In Medieval Nottingham the main industry was wool making with tilers and potters and goldsmiths. In the Victorain era the alce industry became very important in Nottingham.

Robin Hood is supposed to have lived in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham. The story of Robin Hood is first recorded in the 14th century and it is likely it is based on a real person or possibly several real people.