Campbell Grove in the 1970s prior to restoration work. 
(Courtesy © Picture Nottingham & Nottingham City Council)


On the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Addition Act, which paved the way for large-scale council housing, Nottingham City Homes completed a programme of refurbishment to 16 listed council houses on The Promenade, Robin Hood Terrace and Campbell Grove. This sparked a renewed interest in the history of this area and a successful bid was made via the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project that celebrated the history of these houses.

1970s map of the GIA designation, one of the first of its kind in the city
(Courtesy © RIBA East Midlands & Nottingham Local Studies Library)

Today these streets are a distinctive and popular part of the St Ann’s and Sneinton district of Nottingham, though their history has not often been broadcast. This heritage project, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, is an opportunity to tell this story.

The Promenade after restoration work in the 1970s, notice the painted brickwork
(Courtesy © Picture Nottingham & Nottingham City Council)


A heritage report has been commissioned to form the backbone of the project and is now available online, outlining the 160 year history with archive images and references.

Plan of Nottingham and its environs by Edward Salmon, c.1862
(Courtesy © East Midlands Special Collection, The University of Nottingham MapCabinet Not 3.B8.E6)


Official documents can only tell us so much and currently we need more memories and photographs from people who lived here. We created the following free events during 2021 to give people the chance to tell their story:

Project Launch and Sharing Evening
Thursday, 15.04.21, 6:30–8.00pm
Online, via Zoom

Oral History Training
Wednesday, 12.05.21, 10am–1pm & 2–5pm 
Please note: this date has been rescheduled from 6.05.21 as advertised on the printed flyers
Online, via Zoom

Oral History Recording Days
Thursday, 13.05.21, 2pm–5pm,
Online via Zoom 
& Saturday, 15.05.21, 9:30am–12:30pm 
Online via Zoom

Historic Buildings Tour
Saturday, 05.06.21, 2pm–3:30pm
Online via Zoom

House History Workshop
Wednesday, 07.07.21, 2pm–4pm
Online via Zoom

Project Celebration
Saturday, 18.09.21, 1–3pm
Online via Zoom

For more information about these events, please visit our events page.


Originally this project was scheduled for 2020 with public facing events and was therefore postponed by the outbreak of the pandemic. Subsequently some events were conducted online.


Memories of The Promenade, Campbell Grove and Robin Hood Terrace are more than welcome on this blog, but without a full name they are not reliable as historical evidence, so please say hello!


  1. Hello, I have emailed. You have a few errors in your census information for Campbell Grove.

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for letting me know, I will look into this and get back to you via email.

  3. Thank you for looking in to it. The reason I can say with confidence, that errors are there, is that it my Grandparents where error lies. My Grandmother lived in the house for close to 50 years.

  4. My Father (# Dexter)lived at 24 Campbell Grove, from before 1921 as far as I know, and was married from there in 1939. On the 1939 "Census" his stepmother and brother are incorrectly transcribed as "Deater". I have submitted a correction to Find My Past.

  5. Hello Free Forester,
    Thanks for getting touch, letting us know and sending your amendment to Find My Past. It's the second time on this message board that I've heard about inaccuracies with the 1939 register. I'm guessing it was conducted in some haste during the build up to the Second World War.
    Best wishes!