St Ann's and Sneinton

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The area was originally common land. The Enclosure Act of 1845 allowed the city to take 1,068 acres (4.3 km²) of the Clay fields. The idea was to ease the overcrowding in the St Mary's ward - brought about by the boom in lace making. There was some industry and occupation before this time Brown earthenware such as Toby jugs, christening bowls, and punch bowls were made as early as the 1750s by Charles Morley, but it was almost another century before St. Ann's proper was created.

The area was not just given over to slums to rehouse the lower classes. Although 10,000 standard back to back terraced houses were created, these were a great improvement on dwellings common elsewhere in the city at the time. A psychiatric hospital, parks, and a water reservoir were also built, the latter affording a panoramic view of Nottingham. There were even plans for an astronomical observatory. For the well off — doctors, solicitors, and factory owners — there was a grand tree lined recreation walk lined with larger houses. Twenty-five public houses, plus the later addition of a London and North-eastern urban railway link, horse drawn and then electric trams, and three cinemas, helps complete the picture of a thriving area.

In 1969, the area was looking impoverished, with many of the shops and houses 100 years old or more. A local Housing Act raised legal standards for houses being 'fit for human habitation'] Clearance of some of the land began in December of that year, although building of new houses didn't start until 1973 and continued into the 1980s. However, the open plan layout with interlocking footpaths, coupled with poor street lighting, actually brought about an increase in crime. The 1970s and 1980s layout of St Ann's was a relatively rare layout of that era.

St Anns Today

St Anns today is dominated by council housing, a legacy of the slum clearance at the end of the 1960s. The damp, crumbling Victorian terraces were replaced with better quality housing but despite this the Radburn style footways have contributed to anti-social behaviour. There have been a series of measures, such as gating, to reduce problems caused by the network of footpaths as well as improving the appearance of the housing stock. There are longer term plans to introduce more significant changes. Early 2012, the Stonebridge Park Estate underwent a long term transformation. This is selectively removing problem pockets but refreshing most of the estate and building some modern homes.

In common with other parts of the city, the largely working class population is still affected by the collapse of manufacturing industry and much of the area scores badly on government measures of deprivation. Taking those factors into consideration there is much to commend the area: it is ethnically mixed with a strong sense of community. There is also a free urban farm which is active in the community.


Sneinton (pronounced "Snenton") is a south-eastern suburb of Nottingham, England. The area is bounded by Carlton to the north, Colwick to the south, Meadow Lane to the southwest and Bakersfield to the east.

Sneinton Dale is the main connecting road through the district. The area is famous for the windmill which stands on Sneinton Hill, and harbours Green's Windmill and the Science Centre. Near the windmill there used to stand the now-demolished Nottinghamshire County Lunatic Asylum, later a boarding school named King Edward’s, and now the location of King Edward Park.

King Edward’s boarding school was run by famous head master Alfred Tanner and his wife Mary. Many of Sneinton's children were killed in industrial accidents at King Edward’s, which stood for 117 years. King Edward’s School also employed Sneinton resident Arnold Booth, the infamous murderer who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1977 for the murder of Renee Howard, and rumoured to have murdered Lucy Tinslop. She was the victim of the infamous 'Birthday girl' murder, on the Bath Street Rest Garden as it took place on the victim's 21st birthday in 1969. She left home after a birthday party at her parents’ house. Screams were heard coming from the rest garden. Lucy's body was found strangled. Some speculate that the killer was Arnold Booth, a resident of Sneinton in Nottinghamshire, though it is unclear whether any evidence exists to link Booth to Lucy's murder. In 1977 Booth was sentenced to life imprisonment having been convicted of the murder of Renee Howard.

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