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Nine things you never knew about Nottinghamshire's most famous buildings
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From Nottingham Castle to Wollaton Hall, here's nine facts about some of Nottinghamshire's most famous buildings.
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Nottingham Castle was formally opened by his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, now the Midland counties museum and gallery of art, on the 3rd July 1878.
2
The tallest building in Nottingham is the Victoria Centre which stands at 256 ft / 72m. It was built in 1972. This makes it taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa (180 ft / 55m) but smaller than Big Ben (320ft / 106m).
3
On top of the Council building in Market Square, four statues stand, representing Commerce, Civic Law and Prosperity and Knowledge - the hallmarks of the City of Nottingham.
4
Wollaton Hall, built during the period 1580-1588, is one of the most ornate Tudor buildings in Britain.
5
Newstead Abbey, which dates back to 1170, is said to have been built as a part of Henry II's penance for the murder of Sir Thomas Beckett. It is more commonly known as the former home of Lord Byron.
6
The Queens Chambers in Market Square is decorated with mythical beasts as a well as a scowling Queen Victoria.
7
The Great Northern Station, designed by Thomas Chambers Hine and built in 1856, which was superseded by the Grand Victorian Station in 1900, and is now home to a health club.
8
Pierrepoint Holme Hall, built by Sir William Pierrepont in 1500, is one of the earliest brick built houses to survive in the county.
9
Rufford Abbey is currently the subject of a Heritage Lottery bid to reveal more of what experts believe to be one of the most complete country estate landscapes in England.
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