Somewhere I learned that there’s now much more of historic Hansard – the verbatim record of the proceedings of the UK Parliament – available on the internet than there has been before.
It now goes back to the early 1800s.
As you do, I tried a few search terms, and found the earliest mentions of Nottingham:
A petition was presented from the debtors confined in the jail of Nottingham, which was ordered to lie on the table.—Mr. Grey, sir A. Piggott, and Mr. H. Addington, and sir C. Pole took the oaths and their seats.—Mr. Eyre presented a petition from the maltsters of Nottingham, complaining of the, additional duties imposed upon malt by the act of the 42d of his present majesty. Ordered to lie on the table
Nottingham’s debtors’ prison? I wonder where that was. And the Maltsters of Nottingham? I wonder if that involved the Maltings, now a student hall of residence in the Basford part of town?