Site of 'John Recklees House' or 'John Reckless House' and showing 'James Huthwaite's House' - Spani
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Following is a quotation about 'John Recklees' or 'Reckless', taken from 'An Itinerary of Nottingham' c 1930's by J Holland Walker:- 'Spaniel Row is a queer little street which has a certain amount of interest. It always seems to have been called Spaniel Row and the popular belief is that in conjunction with Houndsgate it was the kennels for the castle: whether this is so or not I am not prepared to say. Only recently an old house of about King Charles I.'s time numbered No. 1 stood at the corner of Spaniel Row and Friar Lane. In Spaniel Row is a red brick house called the Sheriff's House because in it during the 17th century lived a certain John Reckless who was sometime Sheriff of Nottingham. George Fox the founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers as we most usually call them, was born at Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, in 1624. In 1649 when the spirit moved him to wander about the Vale of Belvoir he arrived at Nottingham, where he proceeded to interrupt the service in St. Mary's Church, as we have already seen. Through this misdemeanour he was cast into prison, which he describes as 'a nasty stinking place,' but it so chanced that Mrs. Reckless was present at St. Mary's on the occasion of this interruption and was so influenced by Fox's testimony that she so arranged matters that he was removed from the gaol to custody in the Sheriff's house, and both she and her husband soon afterwards accepted the Quaker faith and Reckless himself preached in Nottingham Market Place.'