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“Squire Alarms”, Nottingham: half-timbered

“Squire Alarms” burglar alarm, Nottingham • How perfect is this? An alarm named after a medieval land-holder, sitting on a Tudorbethan clothes emporium for the larger man in the ancient crime hot-spot of Nottingham. And the unusual black-and-white alarm even matches the half-timbered shop (pictured below) – maybe they chose it specially. In the middle ages a squire was a trainee knight, one of whose duties was to hold prisoners, and later the term evolved to mean a local dignitary, often a justice of the peace. All appropriate burglar-alarm-related historical references for Squire Alarms, a substantial Leicester-based company founded in 1981. • Spotted: Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Nottingham East


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  1. This reminded me of a development we worked on in Chapel-en-le-Frith town centre. The planners felt our Blue and Red bell boxes were “not in keeping with the historic status of the area”, and so our lovingly named black and white “mock tudor” bell box was born….. no medieval home should be without one!

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