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"Arnold Parish extends from three to nearly six miles north of Nottingham, contains 4,704 inhabitants, and 4,670 acres of land, including 2,280 acres of Sherwood Forest. It was enclosed in 1789, when 700 acres were allotted to the impropriator, which was then sold to Thomas Holdsworth Esq., who is subject to the reparation of the church; and 23a 3r 37p were allotted to the Crown. Arnold is a large and populous village, half a mile east of Mansfield Road, and four miles north of Nottingham. It is pleasantly seated upon a sand rock, and has several neat mansions. The inhabitants are principally employed in framework knitting. Arnold Grove is a beautiful residence, occupied by William Williams Esq., solicitor." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Archives and Libraries

The local Library in Arnold Town Centre has family history resources:

  • Arnold Library
  • Front Street
  • Arnold, Notts, NG5 7EE
  • Tele: 0115 920 2247


  • The Arnold Cemetery, set aside in 1877, covers 4 acres and had two mortuary chapels when formed.
  • The first burial here appears to be in July, 1879.
  • The Arnold Cemetery is administered by the Burial Board of the Urban District Council.


  • The parish was in the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 855
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2443
1891 R.G. 12 / 2676 & 2677


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Arnold area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church is believed to have been built in 1176.
  • The church chancel and nave were built in 1320 with a tower added in 1450.
  • The church nave was restored in 1868 and the chancel in 1877.
  • The church has its own website with several pages of information.
  • Daybrook was established as a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1896, the year its church was erected.
  • The church at Daybrook is dedicated to Saint Paul.

Church Records

Church/Denomination/Founded Register Start
St Mary's (Anglican) Baptisms
St. Paul's (Anglican) 1890 Baptisms
Church Street (General Baptist) 1822(rebuilt in 1909) Membership 1890
Primitive Methodist 1829 - -
Meeting House (General Baptist) 1848 - -
Weekly Communion (Baptist) 1825 - -
Wesleyan Methodist pre-1800 - -
Mormon 1849

  • The Anglican parish church was in the rural deanery of Nottinghamy.
  • Barbara Kilby CROFT provides this Ebenezer Chapel Marriage list or those interested.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish lie about 4 miles north of Nottingham and about 10 miles south-east of Mansfield. The parish covers 4,670 acres and includes the hamlets of Daybrook and Red Hill. Felley used to be a chapelry in this parish but became its own Civil Parish and is reported under that name.

The village of Arnold has become part of the conurbation of Nottingham city and sits as a suburb on that city's northeast side. If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • Take the A60 trunk road north out of Nottingham. Arnold will be on your right side (east) as you head north.
  • There is frequent bus service into the village from Nottingham.
  • Rail service to the village ceased in April, 1960.
  • Sherwood Forest starts just to the north of Arnold. In 1775, Sherwood Forest surrounded the village.
You can see pictures of Arnold which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Arnold has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • In the 1800s many of the inhabitants were frame-work knitters.
  • Arnold was one of the first sites of the Luddite uprising in 1811.
  • The village feast was held on the first Sunday after the 19th of September.
  • The Home Ales Brewery was founded here in 1875 in Daybrook.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK586454 (Lat/Lon: 53.002700, -1.128213), Arnold which are provided by:

Military History

  • There are photographs and a description of the War Memorial plaques inside St. Katherine's Chapel on the Southwell Church History Project site. One of the is the Allen SOLLY plaque listed in the next section.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of a World War II Pillbox near Arnold on the Geo-graph site, taken in August, 2011.
  • You can try to find a copy of the "Arnold & Daybrook War Memorial," by Anthony BALL & Cliff HOUSLEY, publ. by Millquest Publications, Long Eaton, Notts, ISBN: 0 9529648 7 2.

Military Records

There are 81 Commonwealth War Graves in Arnold Cemetery.

There is a Roll of Honour plaque in St. Mary's Church. To see the names listed on it, go to the Nottinghamshire Gov. site.

There is a War Memorial plaque from the Allen SOLLY Company in St. Mary's Church. To see the names listed on it, go to the Nottinghamshire Gov. site.

There is a War Memorial plinth in Arnot Park. To see the names engraved on it, go to the Nottinghamshire Gov. site.

There is a War Memorial plaque in the Beacon Baptist Church. To see the names listed on it, go to the Nottinghamshire Gov. site.

And the Methodists have a War Memorial plaque in their church. To see the names listed on it, go to the Nottinghamshire Gov. site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the northern division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • In April, 1933, the parish gave up 107 acres to enlarge Nottingham Civil Parish.
  • The parish is currently in the local government district of Gedling.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1789.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.


Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Arnold 2,768 3,042 3,572 4,054 4,509 4,704 4,642 4,634 5,745 7,769 8,757


  • A Free School was established by Daniel CHADWICK on High Street some time before 1869.
  • A National School on Church Street and an Infants' School were built before before 1869.
  • A British School for 150 children was opened in February, 1868.