- West End
w/e 14 August 2016
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
We went back to school this week or to be more precise,
we took a walk through the grounds of Nottingham University.
Previous visits to the University have always been towards the
eastern end of the campus but this time we approached from the
western end on the 300 acre site.
An information board of which this is an extract, at the West
Entrance gives a little detail about the origins of the site
and its development but we didn't see this until we were leaving
We had parked the car in a lay by near the shops on Woodside
Road and entered the campus along a footpath marked by a welcoming
The footpath runs behind the University's Ancaster Hall but all
views of it are obscured by the trees. A gap in the trees however
revealed a glimpse of the distant Cavendish Hall.
information board declares, the campus is one of "the most
attractive in the UK" so this was perhaps not the best way
to access the site as the path took us past a tennis court in
desperate need of some TLC backed by a wall covered with graffiti.
It led to the Sports Centre which resembled a building site as
work appears to be taking place whilst the students are absent
for the summer.
We left the path and walked along Nightingale Hall Close passing
the main entrance of Nightingale Hall.
Just beyond the Hall is the more aesthetically pleasing view
of the only other properties on Nightingale Hall Close which
are numbered 1 to 4.
Turning right onto Beeston Lane, one of the main roads through
the campus, we discovered the Humanities building. I say "discovered"
because it was not shown on the "Gardens Guide and Tree
Walk" brochure obtained previously from the University.
The same can be said of the Lenton Grove building which stands
next to the Humanities building. With flower beds and a water
feature at the entrance this is indeed a more attractive aspect
than we had encountered when we first accessed the campus along
the footpath from Woodside Road.
A little further along Beeston Lane we passed the impressive
gate posts that mark the entrance to Florence Boot Close, a cul
de sac of five properties.
And just beyond the entrance I managed to squeeze the camera
through the railings of the fence to take a couple of photos
of the notice about the Nottingham Crocus. This being August
though meant there were no crocuses to be seen.
The Gardens brochure gives information about the various gardens
and floral displays around the campus and where Beeston Lane
meets Jubilee Avenue it says that " a smaller area of formal
bedding is located near the West Entrance by the old lodges."
Continuing along Beeston Lane we exited the
campus via the West Entrance (left) if that is not a contradiction
in terms. The view to the right towards Willoughby Hall is another
example of the attractive setting of the University but as we
walked along Woodside Road back to the car we noticed the student
flats on the opposite side of the road. This brought back memories
from about half a century ago when my employment was involved
with the supply of electricity to the site. The discrepancies
between the plans supplied by the developer and the actual buildings
caused a whole host of problems but that is another story not
for the telling here. Next time we visit the University though
I think we'll approach from the more usual direction at the other
end of the campus and consign those unsavoury memories to the