Nottingham element: Snotingas
The Snotingas were an Anglo-Saxon tribe who took their name from a chieftain called ‘Snot’ or ‘Snod.’ Derived from the word Snottenga, meaning ‘caves,’ the Snotingas occupied the settlement of Snotengaham or Snodengaham.
Around 600 AD, the Snotingas gave their name to the settlements of Nottingham, which were first recorded as ‘Snotengaham’ or literally ‘the homestead of Snot’s people.’ Over the years, the city’s name was gradually modified until it became known as Nottingham around the 12th century.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Nottingham, is the oldest religious foundation in the City, established as a minster as early as the late 7th century. The extent of its minster parish is likely to represent the original extent of the Snotingas. The church is in the Lace Market, which is known to be the oldest area of Nottingham.
Scientific element: Tin
The soft metal tin, has been in use by ancient civilizations for thousands of years with its presence as a metal mentioned in the Old Testament.
Early craftsmen found tin too soft to work with, but when it was alloyed with copper, bronze was formed.
Did you know… the gold Oscar statuettes aren’t solid gold. They’re actually Britannia metal plated with gold and Britannia metal is made of approximately 92% tin.
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