Image ID: 05885
Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives
Newark on Trent
The building on the left is known as ‘The Ossington’. It was built by a lady called Charlotte Denison, wife of the first Viscount Ossington who was ‘Speaker’ in the House of Commons (in the Houses of Parliament in London). Ossington itself is a village to the north of Newark where the Denison family had their ‘country seat’, Ossington Hall. Lady Charlotte paid for this building as a memorial to her husband. It looks like an old coaching inn, but was actually built in the late 19th century, not as an inn but as a Temperance Hotel serving nothing stronger than coffee – infact it was originally known as The Ossington Coffee Palace. Lady Charlotte was a strict teetotaller and considered that with around 5 breweries in the town, and a considerable number of pubs, there was nothing to tempt the townsfolk of Newark away from ‘the Demon Drink’. Her ‘coffee palace’ was the answer. It was located just opposite the town livestock market so that on market days farmers could visit there instead of the row of pubs you can see in the background of this picture. Do you think it was successful?
Organisation Reference: NCCE000918