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Nottingham's glass-making chronology comes from one of the well-know 18th century views of the town. that of the south prospect published by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck in 1743.  Ten of Nottingham's most prominent buildings are numbered, No.8 being identified as a "Glass House".  The engraving shows a tall cylindrical cone (or 2 cones?) at the extreme east end of the town (confirming the Sneinton Street location mentioned at the beginning of this article), rising high above the house tops and emitting a great plume(s) of smoke.  (See illustration above).

The site of the works cone is probably shown on Peet and Badder's map of Nottingham of 1744 in the form of a square block at the south end of Sneinton Street, facing Southwell Road (formerly called Glasshouse Lane).

The Nottingham Poll Book of 1754 includes the names of Thomas Hogg and Henry Towell, "glass-makers" living on Barker Gate - that road running to join Sneinton Street.

The Nottingham Castle Museum holds examples of Nottingham-made glass, some bottles bearing the makers name "R. Hawley" and the date 1758 - but not definite indication that these were made in the city.  From 1769, however, the museum does hold a glass jug of green tint with white spots stated to have been "made by James Woodward, glass blower of Nottingham".

Finally, the Nottingham Date Book has reference to "the old glass house, near the Clay Fields" in 1773. 

This may be the last contemporary reference to glass-making in the city, as by the time Thomas Quincey published his 'Short Tour in the Midland Counties of England' of 1772-74 informs us that "the making of glass wares is laid aside, and that of pots become very trifling".  By 1815, meanwhile, Blackner in his 'History of Nottingham' states that both glassworks had disappeared.



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