Newark upon Trent Travel Guide
Newark upon Trent
View from Riverside Park
Things to Do
"Ye Olde White Hart"
NEWARK CASTLE GARDEN'S & INFO CENTRE
I think the garden's beautify the Castle. There a garden bed's with annual's growing, plenty of pathway's and plenty of seating.The Tourist Information centre is located in Gilstrap House where there is a FREE exhibition about the castle, and the town's history during the...
Newark Castle ruin's looked well kept and looked after. They were set amongst nice garden's, and there was plenty of signposted information. It is thought, the Castle was originally a Saxon fortified manor house, founded by King Edward the Elder. From 1123-33, Bishop...
OSSINGTON COFFEE PLACE
There is a story to the Ossington Coffee Place, which now is a Restaurant.This smart building was opened in 1882 by Viscountess Ossington as a temperance hotel, in the hope of tempting farmers away from the demon drink (alcohol). Since Newark was at the time the biggest...
NEWARK TOWN HALL
Located in the large Market Place is this impressive civic building, built in 1774, in Georgian style.I was tricked when I first saw it, as on the front is the name "Butter Market."It has balustrade, urns, lion, unicorn and "Justice".
WALK - TO SEE THE OLD BUILDING'S
This Market Town was easy to walk around as it was all flat going.I found all type's of building's and Museum's here, like the once premises of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Bank. [photo 1] There were a lot more sturdy brick building's here, than I had seen else...
THE GOVENOR'S HOUSE
The Governor of Newark Castle, Sir Richard Willis, lived in this Tudor building during the Civil War. Prince Rupert had his famous quarrel with Charles I here in October 1645. The building is 16th century, and has been used as shop's for the last 100year's.
YE OLDE WHITE HART
The historic building in my photo, is what used to be, "Ye Olde White Hart," a very important Inn during and after the Civil war, and the busiest coaching Inn in town in the 1830's. Originally a house called The White Hart, it dates from the 14th or early 15th century. The...
ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH
This Church is said to be one of the finest parish churches in Nottinghamshire. It is one of the largest churches in England, with a 252 ft west tower that can be seen from anywhere in Newark, so you know what to do if you get lost, head for the Tower! The spire dates from...
THE CASTLE BARGE
Guess what the Castle Barge is?The Castle Barge is Newark's famous floating pub!This old grain barge, built in 1923, was converted into its present form in 1980. Serves typical bar food daily although the range is small (small galley), it is reasonable value. It is open from...
This was our first stop in Newark, the Riverside Park located alongside the River Trent.A large park and display car-park was located here, and Toilet's. The park is a large lawned area, from where we had a great view of the Castle from the waterfront. This park is used for...
St Mary Magdalene
A large and airy Medieval church, right in the centre of Newark, with many interesting bits and pieces within.Dating from the 1400s, with gargoyles and architectural twiddles on the outside.Inside, brasses and Medieval stone carvings, misericords and choir stall woodwork...
The Hobgoblin: One of Newark's pubs.
I only went into one pub, and this was it.The Hobgoblin is on the main Market Square, in an timber-framed building.Inside there are proper blackened beams, and a flagstoned floor, and wooden tables.It serves real ale (Wychwood).The Camra guide suggests it caters mainly for...
Strays: Books, coffee, sandwiches.......CAKE!
Strays is a rather good bookshop, and has a cafe attached.Long and thin, with newspapers available to read, it is clearly very popular with locals. There is a small courtyard area with tables (and a gazebo/tent thing too, because it is the UK and one can never be sure of the...
Getting to Newark is easy by train since it is along the main line between London and the North of England. Not all main line trains stop here, but enough of them for you to be spontaneous. They stop at Newark North Gate which has a top part of the station along the main...
2 Rail stations
My Grandfather was (I think I am right in saying this) a signalman in Newark during the Second world war. As such he no doubt had a very responsible job to manage the main line connecting Edinburgh to London and the local lines that stop closer to town at the 'Castle...
ambience interiors: My wife told me to write this tip
My wife says this shop is excellent. There was also a natty little little coffee/ tea shop at the back.
I normally try and close my eyes in such places and put myself in a different 'mind environment' until she who must be obeyed says it is time to leave.
On the other hand, my 2-year old son thought the place was great for two reasons :
1) He thought it was called 'ambulance'
2) The lady in the shop gave him a little chocolate egg.
Updated Apr 3, 2007
Address: 6 stodman street
Phone: 01636 676999
It has been my observation that the people of Newark Upon Trent have a strange fascination for what they call 'Sweet Meats'. I sampled some of this local delicacy in one of the many Pubs in the Market area and was pleasantly surpised by both the taste and the texture of the meat. It was indeed sweet and had the texture and consistency of slightly undercooked fillet steak.
I tried to discover what this 'sweetmeat' actually was but, everytime I asked someone, I would be met with either a blank expression or a shrug of the shoulders. So, I removed a small piece and gave it to my wife who happens to work for the forensics department of our local Police force. Imagine my surprise when i was told that this 'sweetmeat' was actually the young and tender flesh of the locally inbred children of Newark!
Naturally, I assumed that this discovery would necessitate a huge Police operation in Newark but, weeks passed and there was no word, nothing in the papers...silence. Eventually, I confronted my wife about it. She simply said "Well, the police don't want to interfere darling, it seems that crime rate has halved. Keeps the number of chavs & the pikeys down too."
I had to agree. So, If you visit Newark anytime soon, I suggest you do the community a favour and try some of the local sweetmeat
Written Jul 21, 2006
The Demon drink
Like most mid-sized town throughout England, there is a culture of heavy drinking on Friday and Saturday nights.
Newark is no exception. It's not Mansfield (best avoided at all times) but the town centre is liberally packed with bars and pubs to keep the local populace happy.
I like the story of the 'Ossington Coffee house' - built 1882. This splendid building was built on the Great North Road opposite the Castle. The Great North road now by-passes the town, but the building remains. The owners thought they could tempt local farmers away from the 'Demon drink' - but to no avail. Rather ironically the building now houses (in part) a pub that is mentioned in the local good beer guide !
Written Apr 3, 2007
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It would be easy to miss this. The only reason I spotted it was because I tried to get into the church through the street-facing door (access is actually at the side).An ancient wooden door, the western entrance to st Mary Magdalene (the unmissable church in the centre of...
The font in St Mary Magdalene is very odd.It dates originally from the 15th century (1400s) but was damaged during the English Civil War (1642-1649). In 1660 a local tailor, Nicholas Ridley, paid for it to be repaired.This resulted in the figures having their original 15th...
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