19th century tale of loose tiger among stories in new book on local history of Arnold and Mapperley
By BenIreland | Nottingham
Post Posted: December 14, 2015
The tale of a tiger that prowled the streets and woods of Mapperley is among a series of local stories catalogued in a new book by an Arnold historian.
Bob Massey, of Worrall Avenue, has been writing articles for NG3, NG5 and NG14 magazines since 2007 and has now compiled them into
a local history book.
The first volume of Snippets From History focuses on the Arnold and Mapperley areas.
One of the stories is about the 'tiger'
that broke loose from the cage of a travelling show in the area in 1827 and was unsuccessfully tracked down by local farmers.
Mr Massey told the Post: "The farmers managed to corner the tiger, although judging by the newspaper reports it was probably a European
lynx, to a barn.
"They sent the dog in to try and capture it but they never saw it again. They went back in the morning and it had escaped into Mapperley Woods. After that there were
reports of sheep being devoured."
The Mapperley tiger is among the tales told by Mr Massey, a retired theatre consultant, 68, along with research on local pubs, individuals and landmarks
such as Arnot Hill Park and Mansfield Road.
"Most of the ideas came from newspaper reports but I've gone and done the historical research to back them up," explained Mr Massey.
challenging to put them into any order because the material has come from so many separate articles of around 500 words each.
"I'm hoping there will be more volumes of the book, covering
different areas, in the future."
Mr Massey helped Arnold pub the Robin Hood and Little John research its history before its re-launch in August 2014.
Landlord Mark Swain said: "If it's written by Bob and based on Arnold I'm sure it will be a very interesting read. He's very thorough, very passionate and very accurate.
"I'm led to believe, through Bob's research, that years and years ago there was cock fighting in the cellars below the pub. Not many people would know that if it wasn't for Bob."
Andy McKinnon, vice chairman of the Arnold Local History Group, said: "I had been nagging him to put it into a book for a couple of years. Nobody knows more about the history of Arnold than