16 Pilcher Gate was originally built as a lace warehouse in c. 1856 by TC Hine of Nottingham. It was converted in the late C20 into offices and in the early C21 into a block of apartments.  It was constructed of Ashlar and red brick, with ashlar dressings and a hipped slate roof with 2 side wall stacks.

To the ground floor there is an Ashlar plinth and painted, ground floor and eaves cornices, with a second floor sill band. It stands proud as a corner block, with 4 storeys plus basement; 5 x 6 windows. The windows are mainly original cast-iron glazing bar casements, with those to the ground floor segment-headed, those above round-headed and with linked hood moulds.

The top floor has a similar fenestration with smaller wooden framed windows.  The rounded corner entrance bay has a moulded segment-arched opening containing a framed panelled door with blank fanlight, flanked by granite columns.  Above is a triple window on each floor.

The front, to Pilcher Gate, has an off-centre recessed bay with a tall 3-light traceried window flanked by 3 windows to left and one to right.  You can see similar fenestration above and below.  The basement has 7 blank openings.  The right return frontage, on Halifax Place, has regular fenestration on the upper floors. On the ground floor, to right, there are 2 altered windows, one now a door.

Picture by Nigel Henderson

A Pilcher was a fur dealer (or, fur coat maker).  Pilcher Gate was one of the original 35 streets of Nottingham.  You can see it here in John Speed’s map of Nottingham in 1610:

John Speed's map of Nottingham in 1610


Pilcher Gate used to look a little different to how it does today!

This photo was taken in the 1960s.

Pilcher Gate in the 1960s


In this photo, taken from the top end of Pilcher Gate, you can see 16 Pilcher Gate on the left hand side.  The building on the right hand side that juts out into the road was demolished to allow construction of the Lace Market Car Park.