New book charts Nottinghamshire in Victorian era

A NEW Nottinghamshire County Council publication about the county in the nineteenth century has been launched.

Emma’s Sketchbook, Scenes of Nottinghamshire Life in the 1840’s has been edited by Dr Richard Gaunt and published by the Libraries, Archives and Information Publications Group.

Emma Wilmot (1820-1898) was the wife of the 4th Duke of Newcastle’s agent. Her sketches cover such diverse subjects as architecture, nature, animals and rural life.

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Together they offer an evocative insight into Nottinghamshire during the early-Victorian period.

The book reproduces over 50 drawings, which include depictions of famous local landmarks such as Clumber Park, Welbeck Abbey, Newstead Abbey, Creswell Crags, Worksop Church, Manor and Priory and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

Coun Carol Pepper, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This delightful publication will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the county.

“It provides a fascinating insight into what life was like in early-Victorian Nottinghamshire, all through the eyes of a young woman living in that period.”

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Emma’s Sketchbook, Scenes of Nottinghamshire Life in the 1840’s can be purchased at £7.95 from Nottinghamshire Archives council other libraries throughout the county.

It can also be purchased by post by sending a cheque for £10.95 (including £3.00 for postage and packaging) payable to Nottinghamshire County Council to: Libraries, Archives and Information, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP.