9 February 2009

Pubs of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Associated with Literature

The White Horse, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, famous as the pub where a scene in the film of Alan Sillitoe's novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning took place, in which the character Arthur Seaton (played by Albert Finney) gets very drunk.

ADDENDUM: This is what has happened to the pub – it's now the white Horse Café:

The Chesterfield Arms in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, which remembers the Earls of Chesterfield, who owned much of the land in the area. The fourth Earl, Philip Stanhope, is noted for his Letters to his Son.

Byrons on North Sherwood Street, in the centre of Nottingham, showed the most famous Lord Byron - the poet - on its inn sign. The pub, once a Shipstone's tied house, has now been demolished. It stood very near to where the Dolphin Brewery was.

Gatsby's on the corner of Huntingdon Street and Convent Street, Nottingham, is now known as The New Gatsby's, which is a gay bar, and the title no doubt is intended to evoke the heady atmosphere of Long Island, New York, where much of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925) is set. This was originally known as the Central Tavern after Nottingham's Central Market, which stood opposite the pub. Before Gatsby's, it was called Niche in another incarnation.

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