September 2016 – Richard Brackenbury

Solicitor and history enthusiast Richard Brackenbury was the guest speaker at the latest meeting of Bingham Business Club.

Nottinghamshire born-and- bred Richard also runs Brackenbury’s Britain, a company specialising in cultural and corporate walking tours in the Peak District National Park. His talk touched on castles, churches, and historic sites and events in the area.

He said Bingham was at the centre of a cross, surrounded by the significant historic sites of Newark and Lincoln, Leicester, Nottingham and Belvoir.

“The whole area is a microcosm of English history, with many sites second to none in England” he said.

He highlighted the historic importance of Nottingham and Newark because of their positions as River Trent crossings, and the roles of larger settlements such as Nottingham, Newark, Southwell and Lincoln in the English Civil War. But he also spoke about smaller places with historic significance, including the village of East Stoke, between Bingham and Newark, where thousands died in the last and bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Richard Brackenbury chairs the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust, and he spoke his love of churches and church architecture, with Southwell Minster being his personal favourite in this area. He said that 45% of Britain’s Grade 1 listed buildings were churches, which were a tangible link with the past. “You can look at these structures and almost feel the characters who walked these floors before you, which is one of the reasons I find them so fascinating,”

Business club chairman Jonathan Hammond invited those who had not already done so to support his sponsored charity sleepout at Notts County Football Club’s Meadow Lane pitch on October 13.  Click here if you’d like to donate.

He also encouraged members to take part in his annual charity quiz, which last year raised almost £2,000 for ChildLine. Copies are available on the Hammond Property Services website, click here to download a copy.

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