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Local RIBA architects, Experience Nottinghamshire, lunchtime drinkers and guests have launched our Watson Fothergill ale at his namesake pub located in one of his many city centre creations.

Working with local members of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and Experience Nottinghamshire, the beer was created to celebrate the life and achievements of Watson Fothergill, the Victorian architect of Nottingham.

It’s our latest in the four-a-year series of Nottinghamian Celebration Ales.

During the public launch, historians and architects were on hand to chat about the Mansfield-born man. Later in the day, a free guided tour, led by RIBA Regional Chair and local conservation architect, Valeria Passetti, followed the new Watson Fothergill Architect Trail map, produced in association with Experience Nottinghamshire, and launched to coincide with the ale’s first appearance. Copies of the map can be found in selected Castle Rock pubs and the Tourism Centre off Nottingham Market Square.

Watson Fothergill, the man, was educated in London and Nottingham. Leaving school at 15, he set up his own business in 1864 before marrying a brewer’s daughter, Anne Hage, in 1867. He had seven children, became a health and fitness fan, and lover of cricket.

His legacy includes domestic homes in The Park, the Nottingham and Notts Bank on Thurland Street, The Rose of England and Fothergill’s pubs, the Nottingham Express Offices, Upper Parliament Street, and his own offices on George Street.