One of the exciting things about this walking survey/mapping project for an outsider like me (I live in Nottingham) is that I am been privileged with insider knowledge enabling me to find hidden corners and nooks that the casual visitor to Southwell just wouldn’t know about or see. The Minster? Obviously. The Workhouse? Probably. A meander around the glorious ancient centre with its fabulous independent shops and cafes? Possibly. Cake? Hopefully (all who know me know an important part of how I rate a place is by the quality of cake to be found nearby. I am quite thorough in my research on such matters 😊).
One of the reasons for doing this project is to share that insider information with everyone, for outsiders like me to residents, old and new, who have yet to explore all corners, so that others can get to know these hidden treasures and histories of Southwell - and so, as the projects mantra says, “encourage a deeper connection to Southwell through stories, objects and shared experiences of its past, present and future”.
Again and again, when doing consultation events and when talking to people, Westhorpe would come up. “You must go to Westhorpe.” Ancestors working as framework knitters and in service at the big Hall, racehorses, ancient buildings, Holy Wells, fabulous views that seemingly allow time to melt away to reveal glimpses of the past. Where the community leads, Albus and I shall follow. (Plus, the chance to pair Albus and a Dumble, is too good an opportunity to miss to pun on his ‘Harry Potter’ namesake.)