10 Things You Might Not Have Known About Nottingham’s Historic Council House

Art Deco Lift Lamps. On the ground floor, there are two lamps, one on each side of the building. Under the lamps are orange LEDs. These indicate whether the lift in that side is waiting at ground floor level – so you can always turn the right way first time.

Tea trays. Tea in the Council House is served in silver tea and coffee pots bearing the city’s crest. There are matching sugar pots and milk jugs. The tall pot has coffee in it and the smaller one is tea.

Walnut panelled auto-door. The Dining Room on the first floor has a door with an unusual wooden electric sliding door. You control it with a key from the inside. If you’re locked out, you can get into the room from the ballroom or from the kitchen. Or even from the fire exit opposite the gents’ loos.

The light switch for the tea room is in the telephone cubicle just outside.

There used to be a bearskin rug in the members’ room with a real bear head on and everything. But someone complained and it was removed to storage.

Ghandi bust. There’s a larger-than-life bust of Ghandi under the staircase on the first floor, near the matchstick model of the building.

How the building was paid for: Nottingham’s Council House was paid for slowly out of the rents of the shopping arcade at the back of it. The cost was met in the mid-80s, fifty years after the building opened.

The Lord Mayor has a bath in his office. So does the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Deputy Lord Mayor. The rest of us have to share one shower cubicle in the basement.

The tram stops them cleaning the windows. They can’t clean the windows on one side of the building because the overhead power wires make it too dangerous to put a ladder or a cherry picker up.

Bricks showing through. There’s a portion of wall in a stair well where the plaster is damaged and you can see the bricks showing through. They’re a strange shape compared to modern bricks.

It’s a great building to work in. I’ll take my camera in one day this week and take a few more pictures. In the meantime here’s a few I took earlier.

2 comments on “10 Things You Might Not Have Known About Nottingham’s Historic Council House

  1. Rullsenberg says:

    Ah, such memories. I did my 6th form art history project on the Nottingham Council house from about 1800-1985 (yes, that long ago). They were just refurbing at the time and creating the arcade entrances.

    I really must dig it back out again for a read: envious of you working inside it though!

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