Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

Wright’s Directory 1895

Woodborough is a parish and large straggling village, in a dell near the Dover Beck, 6½ miles north east from Nottingham, 3½ north west from Lowdham station and 141 from London, in the Newark Parliamentary Division, that of Calverton for the County Council, hundred of Thurgarton, Basford Union, Nottingham County Court district, rural deanery of Gedling, and Diocese of Southwell. St Swithin’s Church is a large stone building, in which there are the remains of a good Norman doorway. The chancel is large, and considered a perfect specimen of 14th century work (Decorated) about the time of Edward III. There is a low embattled tower of the Perpendicular period; the nave and aisles are debased. In 1892 extensive restorations were carried out at a cost of £2000, raised by subscription. Col. Seely gave £500 for the restoration of the chancel. The Registers date − baptisms from 1547, marriages from 1573, burials from 1572. The vicarage is of the value of £270 gross, partially derived from 55 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Manchester. A Burial Board was formed in 1879. There is a small cemetery with mortuary chapel and lych gate. William Edge, by will, July 29th, 1796, devised his personal estate to his wife, subject to the payment of £40 to the churchwardens and overseers of Woodborough, the interest to be paid half-yearly as follows: moiety to the singers of Woodborough Church and the other moiety to the poor widows of the parish. His widow gave up part of the personal property to Mr William Taylor who has paid 20 shillings a year to the minister, and 20 shillings to the churchwardens, as the interest of the £40. The former is paid to a master for teaching ten boys and girls to sing psalms, and the latter is distributed on the day after Christmas to indigent widows.

The Free School founded by the Rev’d. Montague Wood in 1739, now possesses an income of £90 a year derived from a farm at Blidworth and land at Stapleford. New, handsome and commodious schools, with residence for the master, were built in 1878, at a cost of £1600, the accommodation being for 150 scholars. A new Wesleyan chapel was built in 1887, at a cost of £630. The Baptists and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel. Bricks are still made, but the hosiery trade has been depressed of late years, owing largely to the manufacture having been transferred to the great factories. There is a sick club numbering 200 members. The feast is on the Sunday after July 2nd.

The chief landowners are Mr R.L. Thorpe, Colonel Seely, Mr W. Bradshaw, Mr Charles Shaw, and the Exors. of the late Mr Parkyns. Area, 1869a. 0r. 30p.; rateable value, £3789 4s; population in 1891, 787. Woodborough Dumble is 2½ miles west.

St Swithin’s church − Services, Sunday 11, 3, and 6. Holy Communion at 11 and 8.30 a.m. on alternate Sundays. Rev’d W.E. Buckland, MA. Wardens, Messrs E. Brett and R. Ward; Hon organist Miss Augusta Parkyns; Clerk, J. Richardson. Hymns Ancient and Modern.

Chapels − Sunday 2.30 and 6. Wesleyan: steward Jas. Statham; Primitive: Joseph Marriott; Baptist: James Small.

Burial Board − Rev’d W.E. Buckland, MA (Chairman) and Messrs E. Robinson, G. Dring, M. Richardson and W. Hogg, Junior (Treasurer); Clerk, Mr W. Hogg, Senior. Post Office − John Foster,

Sub-Postmaster. Letters from Nottingham delivered at 7.15; Box cleared at 6.15 week-days only. Money Order Office at Epperstone (1 mile); Telegraph Office at Lowdham station (3 miles).

Baguley Joseph - bootmaker

Biggs George, The Endowed School

Buckland Rev’d W.E., MA, Vicarage

Burnett Mr Arthur, The Hartford Manor House

Donnelly Mark - framesmith

Hill William - brickmaker and at Saxondale

Holland William - drainer

Holmes Miss Charlotte - mistress of Endowed School

Mellors Thomas - baker

North J - coal dealer

Orme William - blacksmith and wheelwright

Parkyns Misses, Sybil Augusta and Dorothy, Woodborough Hall

Pollard John - tailor, and rate and tax collector

Raynor Walter - painter

Richardson Joseph - Parish Clerk

Ward Richard - joiner, smith and wheelwright

Wyld William - Junior, chair seater and brush maker

Bag Hosiers

Bish Herbert

Dring Henry, and gardener

Dring James

Richardson Arthur

Robinson Edward

Wyld William


Parker Thomas

Richardson Mark

Tomlinson Mrs Martha

Coal Dealers

Dring George, and cottager, Shelt Hill

North William, and shopkeeper

Roe John, and cottager, Foxwood House

White John, market gardener and pork butcher


Alvey Mrs Charlotte, and market gardener

Bish Herbert

Bish John, and gardener

Brett Edward, and valuer

Dring George, and coal dealer, Shelt Hill

Foottit George

Hancock John

Hogg William

Howitt William, and bricklayer

Roe John, and coal dealer, Foxwood House

Southern William, and gardener

Taylor William


Dring Miss Elizabeth

Pollard Miss Mary

Richardson Mrs Selina


Bentley Robert

Brown Henry, Bailiff to Mr Collyer

Flinders Mrs Betsy

Henry Frederick, Junior, Manor House

Kelk John

Lamin William, Bailiff to Mr Parkyns’ Exors.

Middup William, Grimesmoor Farm

Norton John, Bailiff to Mr Thorpe

Poole Joseph

Stevenson James, Stoup Hill, Woodborough

Stocks Thomas, Bailiff to Mr Shaw

Taylor William, victualler, Four Bells

Thurman John, Woodborough Mill

Turtle John, Grimesmoor Farm

Woodward Charles, Arnold Lodge


Alvey Mrs Charlotte, and cottager

Bish John, and nurseryman

Dring George, and huckster

Dring Henry

Dring James

Foottit George, and cottager

Foster John, and shopkeeper

Hallam Henry

Hartshorn Francis

Plumb Joseph

Smith William

Southern William, and cottager

Taylor William, and farmer and threshing machine owner


Allison John, victualler Punch Bowl

Burton John E., victualler New Inn

Hogg William, Junior, wheelwright and victualler Nag’s Head

Leafe Joseph, beerhouse, Bugle Horn

Taylor William, farmer, farrier, threshing machine owner, and victualler Four Bells


Allcock Thomas

Co-op Stores, Joseph Baguley, Manager

Foster John, and Sub-Postmaster

Marriott Joseph

North William

Richardson Mrs Ann

Richardson John

Richardson William

Robinson William


Ashmore George, to Nottingham Wednesday & Saturdays

Dunthorne James, to Nottingham Wednesdays & Saturdays

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