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Olde White Hart

Picture source: Peter Langsdale

The Olde White Hart was a coaching inn situated on the Market Place, and is now used as a branch of the Nottingham Building Society. Publican in 1921 was William Burrows
The Olde White Hart is one of the best examples of a late 15th century building in England. Its highly decorated main front has tiny figures of saints in the uprights. and inside are vestiges of a 14th century great hall of an earlier inn. John Cotham Bainbridge, Mayor, mercer, draper and funeral furnisher bought the Olde White Hart in 1847, it's long glass third floor providing an ideal location for dressmaking. He employed 59 workers (18 male and 41 female) from the age of 14 as milliners and seamstresses and salesmen. After 1897 the Brothers Charles and Frederick Atter (who was once manager) took over. During WW1 they produced uniforms for the Army, and leased shops in the arcade to select retailers. After the Atters died in the 1930's, Rowell's took over, but still called it Bainbridges, they sold it to the Brotherton Group in 1968 who used it for fashion sales. The Nottingham Building Society took over in 1979.

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Other Photos
Date of photo: 1920s

Picture source: Rosemary Speck

Date of photo: 1920s

Picture source: Rosemary Speck