New book depicts old Notts

Emma's Sketchbook, Scenes of Nottinghamshire Life in the 1840's� launched by the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun Carol Pepper.  Pictured with author Dr Richard Gaunt and Coun Kay Cutts.
Emma's Sketchbook, Scenes of Nottinghamshire Life in the 1840's� launched by the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun Carol Pepper. Pictured with author Dr Richard Gaunt and Coun Kay Cutts.

A new Notts County Council publication about the county in the 19th Century was launched in Worksop last week.

Emma’s Sketchbook, Scenes of Notts Life in the 1840’s has been edited by Dr Richard Gaunt and published by the libraries, archives and information Publications Group.

Emma Wilmot, who lived from 1820 to 1898, was the wife of the fourth Duke of Newcastle’s agent.

Her sketches cover such diverse subjects as architecture, nature, animals and rural life. Together they offer an evocative insight into Notts during the early Victorian period.

The book reproduces more than 50 drawings, which include depictions of famous local landmarks such as Clumber Park, Welbeck Abbey, Newstead Abbey, Creswell Crags, Worksop Church, Manor and Priory and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

Chairman of Notts County Council Coun Carol Pepper said: “This delightful publication will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the county.”

“It provides a fascinating insight into what life was like in early-Victorian Nottinghamshire, all through the eyes of a young woman living in that period.”

Emma’s Sketchbook, Scenes of Nottinghamshire Life in the 1840’s can be purchased for £7.95.

It is available from Nottinghamshire Archives, Worksop Library and other libraries throughout the county.