I now have a time and a date — 11am for Saturday 24 May 2014, when I will lead a history bus tour on the 35 bus scheduled to leave Bulwell Bus Station at 11.27am. The trip will end at Nottingham Central Library on Angel Row in Nottingham City Centre. There will be spin-offs: a leaflet, walks, a 'reminscence map' inspired by a Manhatten 'mapping' website and, possibly, a display of sorts.
I am hoping we will have two folk with us throughout the journey talking in old English, speaking place names as they may have been spoken in 1086, at about the time William the Conquerer's Domesday Book was being compiled (other titles have included 'The Great Survey' and 'The Great Description of England' to name just two, but the title we know it best by is Domesday Book). The 35 passes through a string of pre-Conquest communities, some recorded for the first time in 1086 (there may be earlier references to these places yet to be unearthed by some diligent researcher in the bowels of an archive somewhere).