Last weekend I decided to pay a visit to the weird shop located in Nottingham. We have investigated this shop twice now and both times did not disappoint.
If you have not visited this shop and you are into the weird and wonderful, it most definitely is a must. Just be warned you could spend hours and hours in the shop looking at the quirky items up for sale.
When I first spoke to the owner, Zee, I stated I would visit to gage what I felt may possibly be haunting the building as he stated he has had activity. Given the location being so close to Sneinton lace market it did not suprise me as it is a very old part of Nottingham with a vast history.
Of all the areas within the building the basement just completely has a different feel to it compared to the rest of the building.
Amongst the alleged haunted items and general items for sale, the back room seems to give off some eerie vibes.
I originally felt the basement may have been a brothel, I felt this way as I spiritually seen women in there behaving in a very promiscuous way. One particular female seem quite dominant and I felt some of the activity reported in this area could be from herself.
On a later visit, Chrissie picked up the same characteristics of this women yet did not know what I had previously inform the owner I felt.
I asked a friend, Gina Marshall to look into the history for me and even though it is not documented as ever being a brothel (which I imagined it wouldn’t be) it was listed as a butchers.
Now your probaby reading this and thinking well a butchers is not linked to a brothel however it was pointed out to me that women would go to the butchers to have illegal abortions during the years the butchers was open, therefore, what I was picking up on is possibly some of the women who may have visited here and if such practices should have happened here, that is why I maybe was seeing promiscuous women, as that is how they would have been seen…it sounded plausible to me but unfortunately something I can not prove!
Apparently Southwell road, was known as Glasshouse lane and Old glasshouse lane prior to that, but became Southwell road
around 1849. It’s fair to say given the location being in Nottingham Town centre, a few buildings may have stood once on this street, however records only go back so far and records do indicate that alot was demolished and rebuilt along this street over the years.
As I walked around I felt a murder had happened and that is also quite possible if such operations did take place here. However, a murder was committed just outside of the building.
A man is often seen and heard on the upper floors, I believe this man is a previous tenant.
We asked this gentleman if he was happy with Zee the current owner and a very clear ‘ Happy’ was said on the spirit box with the rem pod being triggered off just after this.
Children have also been sighted on the stairs and when asked if children was present during our investigation, equipment triggered off to indicate this was the case and the activity seem to be very child like in how the equipment was being continuously set off.
Various directories confirms that from 1858 no 22 Southwell road, was occupied by Henry Bamford and trading as a butchers shop.
In 1864 Henry Bamford, Butcher was still occupant, but by 1869 it was in the hands of Richard Ralph Rowbottom, whom also traded as a butcher. A newspaper article from 1851, where its noted that Richards Son had died aged 19 states of Southwell road, therefore we assume that infact Richard Rowbottom, could of been the owner, but Henry Bamford was tennant.
Richard or Ralph were trading as Butchers in no 22 up to and including 1888. A newspaper advert in 1888 lists the shop To Let as Butchers shop and
By 1891 Henry Birkin was occupant of no 22, also trading as a Butcher. By 1899 George Bernard Newton was tennant and also trading as a Butcher.
A newspaper report in 1902 tells us of a man aged 82, who died at no 22 and was living with his grandson.
In 1904 George Clarke, also Butcher was occupant of no 22.
By 1931, the shop was in the hands of Sydney Flitterman, clothier and outfitters. The premises stayed in the hands of Sydney and became known as Flitterman’s.