This week I have been away further afield from the Wirral. On a flying trip to Nottingham I took the opportunity to re-visit some old haunts. Firstly to ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’.
‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ is purported to be the oldest pub in England. It is carved into the rock below Nottingham Castle. The pub is made up of a labyrinth of interconnected sandstone caves. Nottingham is famous for its network of caves and there are further caves beneath the building which were originally used as a brewery. They have been dated from around the time of the construction of the castle in 1067 AD.
In 1189AD King Richard I also known as Richard the Lionheart ascended to the throne of England. One of his first acts as King was to crusade against the Saracens who at that time occupied the Holy Land of the Christian religion, Jerusalem. Nottingham Castle was a stronghold favoured by the King and legend has it that the brave knights and their men at arms who rallied to his call to fight in this Third Crusade, gathered at the Castle to rest before journeying to Jerusalem.
The legend has it that the Crusaders stopped off at the inn at the foot of the Castle for refreshments. In the Middle Ages, a ‘Trip’ was not a journey but rather a resting place where such a journey could be broken. From these events the inn came to be called ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’.
Apart from Yorky’s Lounge the bar area, the Ward Room, Rock Lounge and Museum Room are all hewn out of the bunter sandstone which makes up the Castle Rock. In the Rock Lounge you can peer up into the dark void between the sandstone blocks.
As you walk up the hill from the ‘Trip’ you come to the Nottingham castle.