Where I stayed in Nottingham

The ABS conference entailed spending just one night in Nottingham, at the City’s Hilton Hotel, which is a grand red-brick Edwardian building.  Conrad Hilton would have barely left school when it was built, and the business that he started didn’t expand outside the USA until after the second world war, so it clearly wasn’t built as a Hilton…

In fact a clue to its history is from the Victoria shopping centre immediately to the north.  This occupies the site of the former Nottingham Victoria rail station, on the former Great Central Railway opened around 1900 and closed during the 1960s.  Transport historians seem divided on whether the Great Central was a well-engineered but undervalued railway which benefited from knowledge accumulated by the other steam-age lines, or whether it was just an expensive vanity project which duplicated capacity that was already provided elsewhere.  But the Hilton, as it now is, was originally the station hotel: this old postcard image from wikipedia has it clearly visible beyond the station itself


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