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Weekday Cross

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Weekday Cross, in the Lace Market area of Nottingham, was the main market area in Nottingham As the location of the town hall, guildhall and main market, it was the centre of the town, before the market moved to the Old Market Square

It was also known as Weekday Market


  • 1 The Cross
  • 2 The site
    • 21 The market
    • 22 The Guildhall
    • 23 Nottingham Bluecoat School
  • 3 References

The Crossedit

The modern Weekday Cross reinstated by Nottingham Civic Society in 1993

A cross probably not the first was erected about 1529-1530 The Chamberlain's Accounts contain items of expenditure relating to the purchase of stone and sand and payment to John Mychyll for working the stone1 There is also reference to the purchase of drink that was drunk at the cross on Corpus Christi This may relate to a celebration to mark its completion

About 1711 the "Cross" was familiarly known as "The Pillar" In 1736, the Crosses were cleaned at a cost of 1s 4d2 This cross was pulled down in 1804, the Corporation of Nottingham recording:

1804 Tuesday, 6 November
Weekday Cross
Ordered that the Week Day Cross be taken down and the Material sold by publick Auction …

— Minutes of the Common Council 1804–18053

A new Cross was erected in the late 1993 by Nottingham Civic Society

The siteedit

The marketedit

The Monday market was for fresh vegetables and butter Later it moved from Weekday Cross to the 'Monday Cross', now near St Peters Square

A market was held on Wednesdays and Fridays It was possible to buy butter, eggs, pigeon, wild fowl, fruit and fish

The Guildhalledit

Weekday Cross showing the Great Central Railway tunnel portal before its demolition to make room for the Nottingham Contemporary gallery

When the merchants established a Guild to regulate trade they erected a Nottingham Guild Hall on Weekday Cross This building became the Court House and Town Hall when the borough had its own mayor and aldermen

This site is now occupied by the Nottingham Contemporary gallery

Nottingham Bluecoat Schooledit

In 1723, land was given by William Thorpe on High Pavement in Weekday Cross was used and the Nottingham Bluecoat School migrated there,4 remaining for over a century


  1. ^ Articles on Nottinghamshire history and archeology J Potter Briscoe
  2. ^ Records of the Borough of Nottingham: 1702–1760
  3. ^ Minutes of the Common Council 1804–1805 Records of the Borough of Nottingham 8 Nottingham Local Studies Library 1800–1835 p 38 
  4. ^ Nottinghamshire History, An Itinerary of Nottingham: High Pavement 2, Weekday Cross

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