The Castle Cottages’ last resident woven in the fabric of time: laceworker Lucy.
Lucy was born at Cottage 8, Brewhouse Yard in 1892 and lived there until 1908.
As a child, Lucy played in the caves under the Castle Rock and would sneak into the Castle to pose as a toilet attendant! Her father, an iron worker, supported her and her siblings going to school and, at age 13, Lucy began working in one of Nottingham’s Lace Market factories. She progressed well at work as she was ambidextrous and able to do the detailed packing and finishing tasks with either hand! The family left Brewhouse Yard in 1908 when the cottages were taken on by the local water company.
Connection: Lucy was one of the last residents of Brewhouse Yard cottages with her family living at number 8 until 1908 when she was 16.
Born: 7th February 1892
Did you know? Lucy, as a young woman, used to love visiting Nottingham’s Music Halls, even seeing Harry Houdini perform once. You can visit one of Nottingham’s surviving Music Halls, The Malt Cross, which has been converted to a bar and was one of Lucy’s favourites.