Maid Marian Way (Nottingham)
|Vicinity||Runs SSE from intersection with Upper Parliament Street, Tollhouse Hill and Derby Road to Castle Boulevard|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-05-05. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-05-17.
Planned in the years after WWII and constructed during the early 1960s, Maid Marian Way is a two-lane highway running through a central area of Nottingham.
In late 1945, Nottingham city council decided that a new road was needed to handle the steadily increasing volume of traffic passing through the centre of the city. The construction of Maid Marian Way was decided against the wish of many citizens by a council that ignored the opinion of at least one expert as well as criticism from the county history society, The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, which declared the project an “antiquarian calamity”. A public vote in 1946 with a turnout of little more than 7 per cent failed to stop the project. After years of heated debate and strenuous protests, construction began in 1963. Several Medieval streets and many old houses had to give way for Maid Marian Way, which within a couple of years had come to be referred to, at least locally, as one of the ugliest street in Europe. Today, when the trees have grown tall and we have become more accustomed to concrete, one may perhaps feel that Maid Marian Way is no worse than so many other city streets of the post-WWI era, but as is often the case with such developments, the real tragedy lies in what was lost. Part of this can be seen in a recommended publication in Nottinghamshire Archives' Turning back the Pages series (see Discussion below).
I am aware of just two major city planning and architecture mistakes with Robin Hood-related names: Nottingham's brutal Maid Marian Way and the brutalist Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar. The latter is now finally being demolished.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.2 (1881; surveyed 1881)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.2 (1901; rev. 1899)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.2 (1901; rev. 1899) (georeferenced)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.2 (1915; rev. 1913)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1885; surveyed 1880-81)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1901; rev. 1899)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1901; rev. 1899) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1920; rev. 1919)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (c. 1947; rev. 1938).
- Smart, Andy. 'A Look Back at the History of Maid Marian Way - "Europe's Ugliest Street"', Nottingham Post (2018-02-11)
- [Weir, Chris, compil.]; [Smith, Nick, compil.]; [Dorrington, Mark, introd.] Nottinghamshire Archives, compil. Turning back the Pages in.... Maid Marian Way ([Nottingham], ©2011).
- Maid Marian Way (Nottingham) place-name cluster
- Nottingham place-name cluster
- Places named after Maid Marian.
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Maid Marian Way / David Hallam-Jones, 23 Jun. 2012, Creative Commons.
Maid Marian Way / Andrew Abbott, 20 Jun. 2010, Creative Commons.
New City House, Maid Marian Way / Stephen Richards, 18 Jun. 2012, Creative Commons.
Maid Marian Way / Andrew Abbott, 10 Jun. 2010, Creative Commons.
Maid Marian Way with 'several wholly undistinguished tower blocks' / John Sutton, 22 Apr. 2015, Creative Commons.
Maid Marian Way / Andy Jamieson, 18 Nov. 2008, Creative Commons.
Newtown House, Maid Marian Way / Stephen Richards, 19 Jun. 2012, Creative Commons.
Maid Marian Way / Derek Harper, 12 Oct. 2014, Creative Commons.