HRH the Duke of Edinburgh inspects a guard of honour by the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, in the Old Market Square, 1949. (Source: Nottinghamshire Archives). Behind them a modern day shopper rides a mobility scooter, 2012. Photomontage by Paul Fillingham – Thinkamigo.
Pixels on parade: Then and Now
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A photoshoot with Derrick Buttress by the Left Lion was the inspiration for a number of Old Market Square Montages
In May 2012, the Sillitoe Trail Team arranged to meet featured author Derrick Buttress outside the council house. Writers James Walker and Al Needham were familiar with Derrick’s work and happily posed for pictures by the Left Lion. This was a significant location as the images were going to be featured in LeftLion magazine to support an editorial piece about the project. Derrick spoke about the Square during wartime and how the place was frequented by American GIs who were stationed there.
I had a couple of vintage images from the Nottingham County Archive loaded on my iPad with a view to lining up some contemporary shots that I could use to create some ‘Then and Now’ photomontages. Whilst recreating the Council House Parade image featuring Prince Philip taken in 1949, we were fortunate enough to capture a modern day shopper riding a mobility scooter – the perfect foil to the suave demeanour of the prince and his upright soldiers.
Cecil Howitt’s Council House viewed from the junction of Friar Lane, Wheeler Gate and South Parade, 1928. (Source: Nottinghamshire County Archives). Author Derrick Buttress, stands outside Costa Coffee shop, 2012. Photomontage by Paul Fillingham – Thinkamigo.
Derrick posed for a shot outside the Costa Coffee Shop at the junction of Friar Gate, Wheeler Gate and South Parade. This matched an image from 1928, featuring the skeletal framework of Cecil Howitt’s Council House, taken whilst it was still under construction. The finished montage was actually composed from three images; a close up of Derrick on the street corner, a long-shot of him and then the original 1928 image. This is the image selected for the front cover of LeftLion magazine in June 2012. The image also appears in the crowd-funded LeftLion anthology ‘The First 100 Covers’ published in 2018.
The Sillitoe Trail
Take your own interactive tour of the author’s city and follow in Arthur Seaton’s footsteps around Nottingham, exploring the real locations of key scenes from the novel. You can go back to the Old Market Square or visit The White Horse pub, the Raleigh factory, the River Trent and Goose Fair. For updated content, visit Sillitoe Trail Xtra
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Fillingham and Walker 2012 - 2020