How well do you know your Nottingham legends? 

Nottingham is a growing city with a proud heritage and its fair share of famous names that you may or may not be familiar with. We wanted to take a look at some of the cities famous names, and some less famous ones, to help you in your next pub quiz…..  

No 1. Robin Hood – The main man, and Nottingham royalty despite the claims of those Yorkshire folk. Steeped in folklore, Robin Hood was reported to have lived in Sherwood Forest around the time of the crusades and as the song goes he ‘robbed from the rich and gave to the poor’. Robin’s merry men included Little John, Friar Tuck, and his lover Maid Marian. His great foe was the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The story of Robin Hood has been made into countless films and television series over the years, and tourists to the city all arrive hoping to see Nottingham Castle, which never fails to disappoint. Thankfully, the castle is just undergoing a multi-million £ overhaul which will hopefully improve the visitor experience somewhat

Robin Hood








No 2. Brian Clough – Not originally from Nottingham, but as near as we get to a global superstar after Robin Hood. Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest between 1976 & 1991 and was responsible for the club winning two European Cups, the European Super Cup, the League Title, and the League Cup four times. Originally from Middlesborough, Clough famously also managed Leeds United for 44 days in 1974 - a saga dramatised in the award winning film The Damned United starring Michael Sheen in 2009. Clough also managed another team in the East Midlands, but we can’t for the life us remember what they’re called….

Brian Clough








No 3. Jesse Boot - now a global business with over 3000 stores, Jesse Boot’s first shop was opened by his father John on Goosegate in Nottingham’s Lace Market in 1849. Following his fathers death in 1860 Jesse Boot quickly built a large chain of pharmacy’s across the country with headquarters here in Nottingham. The Boots company are responsible for Nurofen & many other drugs that are used every day across the world. The company has changed ownership over years, but it still remains Nottingham’s largest private sector employer. 

Boots Logo








No 4. Torvill & Dean – Who’d have thought ice skating could be so popular…. Perhaps it’s not outside these parts? With dances from Barnum and then Bolero, Torvill & Dean won four successive World Championships and Olympic Gold at the Sarejevo games in 1984 becoming fully fledged Nottingham legends along the way. Their success is largely the reason that the National Ice Arena was built in Nottingham, and they are now to be found judging celebrity ice skating on television and had a film made about their story that was released in 2018. So mad are we in Nottingham, for all things Jane & Chris, they even have a 1980’s housing development in Wollaton named after them! 

Torvill Dean








No 5. John Player – In hindsight perhaps not a figure to celebrate, but a hugely prominent industrialist that played an enormous part in the growth & prosperity of the city from the late 1800’s. John Player & Company were for many years Nottingham’s largest private employer, employing over 11000 people at their peak in the 1950’s. The company built 3 large factories in Radford, but production then switched to state of the art facilities at the new Horizon building in the early 1970’s. The Horizon factory in Lenton, and the prominent bonded warehouse buildings on Wollaton Road were demolished in 2019 as cigarette popularity continued to decline and production moved overseas. 












No 6. Harold Larwood – The Nottinghamshire fast bowler rose to prominence in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Ashes series in Australia in 1932. From Nuncargate, a small village 10 miles north of the city, Harold Larwood was instrumental in England winning the Ashes series 4-1, against Donald Bradmans mighty Australian team, using the controversial Leg Theory attack devised by England’s captain Dougles Jardine. Bodyline, as it became known, was later banned, largely due to the high number of serious injuries it caused. 

Harold Larwood











No 7. Frederick Garton – Yes, you’ve never heard of him, and neither have many other people, but he was a legend in his own grocery shop. Mr Garton had a grocery shop on Milton Street in the city and he lived at The Royal Oak in Basford, using outbuildings at 47 Sandon Street as a pickling factory where he invented a tangy sauce that has become synonymous with the bacon butty. Gartons HP Sauce (he’d heard it was being served at the Houses of Parliament so named it after them) became enormously popular but Mr Garton sadly lost his sauce and his recipe when he had to sell it to the Midland Vinegar Company to clear an unpaid debt.

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No 8. Bendigo – In the modern day, Carl Froch is far more widely known, but a long time before him William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson was the bare-knuckle boxing champion who won the heavyweight championship of England from James Burke in 1839. Bendigo was a southpaw boxer who then became a Methodist minister.  He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. His grave has recently been restored and stands in the St Mary’s Rest Garden on Bath St in Sneinton. 











No 9. DH Lawrence – Born in Eastwood in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was a writer & poet who rose to fame for his controversial novels Sons & Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Lawrence’s birthplace 8a Victoria Street in Eastwood now operates as the DH Lawrence museum.

DH Lawrence









No 10. William Booth – Born in Sneinton in 1829, William Booth was an English Methodist preacher who, along with his wife founded The Salvation Army in East London, becoming its first General in 1878.  In 2002, Booth was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll. During his lifetime, William Booth established Army work in 58 countries and colonies and travelled extensively spreading their Christian gospel message.  Booth died in London aged 83 and he is buried in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington. A statue of Booth stands outside his birthplace in Notintone Place.

William Booth


Selling Your Rental Property In Nottingham

After years of increased bureaucracy, changes to taxation, and local authority licensing, it is perhaps not a surprise that some landlords are taking stock and thinking about investing in something other than residential property.

As specialists in the management & sale of rental property, Granger & Oaks are well placed to advise you if you’re thinking of selling. “when our clients look to exit the market, we often help them sell and we’ve had considerable success in selling a significant proportion of rented property on to other landlords that are looking to buy-in, rather than sell-up. The rules and regulations around renting are obviously much tougher now, but there are still landlords looking to buy rental property to add to their pension as the returns they are getting on their savings is currently so poor” comments Jonathan Detheridge, MD of Nottingham lettings specialist Granger & Oaks.  

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There is as well, a resurgence in first time buyer activity with long-term renters now looking to get a foot on the property ladder, and this has seen starter home prices rise at a higher rate than other property types.  

Landlords in Nottingham contemplating selling should be thinking ahead and talking to their Letting Agent to ascertain what they recommend as the best route to market. You may want to hedge your bets for instance, and come to market whilst you have rent coming in. Having a property sat empty waiting for a buyer, can be a very expensive experience with mortgage payments to meet and council tax remining due. By contrast, selling a property with a sitting tenant often means that you have rental income right up until the day of completion and a motivated buyer that is welcome of the property being let from day one.

Of course, not all properties are perfect rental stock and you may well just be an accidental landlord now wanting to sell-up? If you are, our advice would be to plan ahead. If possible, work with your tenants and choose a date that suits you both for the tenancy to end. Think about presentation – the best presented homes usually achieve the best selling price, so think about any work that you may want to do before selling. Is the garden presented well? Are there some jobs that the tenants need to do before they vacate? Gardens hurriedly hacked back on the day a tenancy ends don’t tend to ooze kerb appeal. If you’d like our advice, just drop us a line. Presenting a property well has never been more important, and we’d love to help you maximise your properties potential.

Call us today for a no obligation appraisal of your property. We have clients on our books actively seeking new investments, and we’ll be more than pleased to advise you if this is your best route to market.

Letting Agents in Nottingham

Letting Agents are all the same right? A common misconception that I’m pleased to be able to rebuff. Some Letting Agents quite rightly have a dreadful reputation, and many are poorly trained, but just like solicitors, garages, restaurants, and hotels , if you shop around and do your research, you will find there are some outstanding operators that are anything but the common reputation that the popular media like to portray.

As a landlord, your Letting Agent should be the person you trust. Their honesty & integrity is essential. They are the ones finding you tenants, and arranging your repairs, and potentially helping you find another property to purchase. Choose your agent wisely get them on side. A few key questions you might want to ask when you’re talking to agents are: Who will physically manage my property? It’s important to know if your property is being managed here in Nottingham, or from a call centre in Southampton. How do you handle rent arrears? You’d hope that your property manager would be involved, right…. How long are your voids between tenants? The answer should be in days, not weeks..  

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Letting Agents in Nottingham come in all shapes and sizes. Increasingly there are large franchises, there are multi-branch national and regional concerns, and there are a choice of local independents. Many are ARLA licensed, and that probably should be your first port of call. ARLA licensing is the industry standard. It shows a level of training, and it means the agent has signed up to abide by a code of conduct. For some reason it doesn’t necessarily mean however that there is an ARLA member in each branch though, and that is something you should be aware of.

Many national chains and franchise networks also operate call centres – one national brand manage their property from Mansfield, for instance, and one from Southampton. Most independents will have one or two branches and will manage their properties in-house.

Are Estate Agents & Letting Agents the same thing? No. is the answer. A lot do both, but increasingly Letting Agency is a standalone discipline. Sales is more front end & marketing led, whilst lettings can be more property law and management focussed. With rules and regulations surrounding Lettings & Management changing every few months, a specialist agent that is trained and focussed is essential to make sure your property and its tenancy are fully compliant.

Take up recommendations, and read reviews.. When you go on holiday I presume you read the reviews of your hotel or the area that you’re going to stay. You may even do the same with restaurants, and even films. Your letting agent should be no different. See what other landlords say. Have a chat with some if you wish. Whatever you do, don’t just choose on price, unless of course you always buy the cheapest car, book the cheapest hotel, and eat in the cheapest restaurants. If you pay peanuts.……

If you’d like a frank and open conversation about your rental property, or investing in Nottingham, call Granger & Oaks today. Even if we can’t help you, you will probably know somebody that can.


Choosing the right Nottingham Letting Agent

Should I purchase an investment property in Nottingham is a question we get asked all the time. With the city currently showing outstanding house price growth, and having two large universities, you can see the appeal...

The answer however isn’t that straightforward, and without a local lettings expert on your side, it’s something that you can easily get very wrong. Taking a punt on a property in a city you aren’t familiar with can be a purchase you live to regret for years to come. Remember, the estate agent that is selling the property works for the seller, not the buyer!

Considerations when you’re investing are numerous. Who do you want to rent to? students, professionals, house-sharers etc.... The location you purchase in will probably be dramatically different for each tenancy type.

Licensing - Nottingham is littered with licensing schemes and the local authority is less than landlord friendly. Before you invest, make sure you’re aware of the licensing scheme that the property falls into. If you see a house for sale in a student area that seems a complete bargain, there could well be a reason it is so cheap.

LICENSED Granger Oaks





Are you planning to self manage, or will you be employing a Nottingham Letting Agent to manage the property for you? On the face of it your yield will be higher if you manage things yourself, but you need to be local so you can deal with repairs and carry out inspections. Having a qualified Letting Agent manage the property for you should make property investment far more hassle free.

If you are new to the area, establishing a relationship with a reputable local Letting Agent may well be a higher priority than searching on Rightmove for a property to buy. Do your research, read their reviews, and visit their office. You need somebody on your side, so choose carefully. 

Granger & Oaks are ARLA licenced Letting Agents in Nottingham and we specialise in the management of professional property. Our Managing Director is also a director of EMPO, the local landlords association. We know the city.

Over the past 17 years, we have helped numerous landlords invest in Nottingham and we have also project managed a number of renovation projects with our team of tradesmen. We help clients focus their investment decision, and we then help them select a range of potential properties that fit their investment criteria. Often this means we are identifying homes that require improvement, so we assist with quotations to reduce the risk of nasty surprises along the way.

In these days of desperately low interest rates and turbulent stock market returns, investment property remains attractive, and the demand from tenants remains strong. Whilst being a landlord isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, having a good local Letting Agent on your side can take many of the bumps out of the road and can help you see a good return on your investment whilst at the same time providing a nice home for tenants to enjoy whilst they live in the city.

If you are contemplating purchasing an investment property in Nottingham, contact Granger & Oaks today to see how we can help...

Virtual Property Tours a Raging Success and They're Here To Stay

As the property industry gets back on its feet following lockdown, virtual tours are proving to be a huge success and are predicted to become the 'new norm' when it comes to moving house. 

Agents across the country have been embracing virtual tours and have been busy filming their properties for rent and to sell in an attempt to help buyers and renters that need to make a move. 

Rightmove has even taken the step of adding a widget to their website to highlight properties that have virtual tours available, and, they are reporting huge spikes in interest for property where a video can be viewed. 

Broadway House Nottingham Virtual Tour

Jonathan Detheridge from Granger & Oaks in Nottingham explains more..

"Virtual Tours are proving to be hugely popular with tenants in particular. The virtual tours we produce aren't particularly a glossy advertisement - we're not on television! The tours are factual and we are not trying to hide things we think people won't like. If tenants are making the decision to move somewhere, the video tour needs to show them what they are moving in to without the rose-tinted glasses on"

At Granger & Oaks we are also producing floorplans that sit alongside the tour to help homemovers really understand the size of rooms and the layout of the house. Viewers are then encouraged to visit the area so they have a good idea of the locale, and we follow this up with a Zoom call to answer any questions they may have and discuss the letting process in detail.  

"We think that virtual tours are here to stay, and they are proving to be real game-changer. It's not unrealistic to see video tours becoming as important as bright clear photographs when it comes to attracting homemovers."

If you are looking to let your property, video tours are a huge aspect to consider. In fact, as we head in to the busy summer months with lockdown still at the forefront of peoples minds, video tours should be an essential, not an option. Call us today if you'd like to see how a virtual tour from Granger & Oaks can help you let your property.