Imagine living in a windowless, airless, dark and damp cellar for most of your life, with the noise and bustle of the slums of Narrow Marsh surrounding you…Left standing are the original basement walls of the last remaining buildings of Drury Hill, one of the main streets in the notorious Narrow Marsh area of the city. In Medieval Nottingham this area was a wealthy neighbourhood but by 19th century some of the worst slums in Britain could be found here.
Housing was in short supply in Nottingham and the poorest families often rented basements to live in. Entire families slept, ate and lived in a single room. The overcrowding and poor sanitation made it a breeding ground for diseases such as cholera, Tuberculosis and Smallpox.