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The Adams Building

The Nottingham English School is based at the Adams Building: a magnificent Victorian heritage lace factory, built in 1855 for Thomas Adams, who did much to improve the typically harsh conditions for his workers. Lace goods were made and sold from here for export overseas.  It is fitting that we now welcome students from all parts of the world to this architectural icon, which has found a vibrant new life at the heart of the city.

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The official citation for the award reads as follows:

"In a far-sighted and imaginative initiative the College has played a major role in the regeneration of Nottingham's city centre through the renovation and re-use of a derelict heritage building. The Adams Building now provides exemplary education, training and business support in 'state of the art' facilities, meeting the needs of individuals and the growing service sector."


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History of the Adams Building


Read our leaflet to find out more about the history of the Adams Building.

The Lace Market

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Once the heart of the world's lace-making industry, it is full of impressive examples of Victorian (19th Century) industrial architecture and a heritage area of international importance. It was never a market in the sense of having stalls; instead there were salesrooms and warehouses for dyeing, storing, displaying and selling lace goods.

Most of the area is typically Victorian, with streets of tall red brick buildings. Iron railings, old-fashioned gas lamps and red phone boxes give a sense of going back in time to Victorian England. High Pavement which is a handsome street of Georgian town-houses. St Mary's Church, finer than many English cathedrals, dates from the late 14th Century; although there has been a church on this spot since Anglo-Saxon times.