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"Attenborough Parish consists of the two manors and townships of Chilwell and Toton, which contain 1,036 inhabitants and 1,930 acres of land, at the south-western corner of the Broxtow Hundred, where the Erewash divides it from Derbyshire, and falls into the Trent, which forms its southern boundary. Thomas Charlton Esq. is principal owner, and lord of the manor of Chilwell, and Hon. William Vernon (a minor), second son of Lord Vernon, owns most of the land, and is lord of the manor of Toton. But the rectorial tithes of the parish belong to the Chesterfield Free School, being granted to that institution by the Foljambe family, who obtains the impropriation and advowson from Edward VI, after the dissolution of Felley Priory, to which they had previously belonged.

Attenborough is a very small village, standing in the two townships of Chilwell and Toton, on the north side of the Trent, five miles south west by west of Nottingham. The church is a neat fabric, dedicated to St Mary. It has a nave, chancel, side aisles, and a tower with five bells, surmounted by a handsome spire. The vicarage has the church of Bramcote annexed to it, and is valued in the King's books at £4 15s, now £250. George Saville Foljambe Esq., of Osberton, is the patron, and the Rev. Joseph Shooter the incumbent, for who the Rev. James Haylock B.A. officiates."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


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Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 855
1861 R.G. 9 / 2492
1891 R.G. 12 / 2723
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Attenborough parish includes the township and village of Attenborough, the hamlet and manor of Chilwell and the township and manor of Toton. The parish lies on the north bank of the River Trent and borders on Derbyshire. It is 126 miles north of London and 6 miles south-west of Nottingham city.

Toton township is the western part of the parish, and lies next to the Erewash River and the boundary of Derbyshire. Attenborough is presently a south-west suburb of Nottingham city. If you are planning a visit:

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Military History

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Military Records

There are four Commonwealth War Graves from World War I in St. Mary's churchyard. They are for:

  1. John C. CLARKE, corporal, South Notts Hussars, age 28, died 4 April 1919.

  2. A. P. PAGE, priv., Essex Regt., age 26, died 16 Feb. 1919.

  3. Joseph WHITEHEAD, gunner, Royal Garr. Artillery, age 23, died 3 July 1918.

  4. Arthur WRIGHT, priv., Sherwood For., age 27, died 24 April 1917.

For a photograph and the list of 33 names on the War Memorial plaque in St. Mary Magdalene Church see the Nottinghamshire County Council site.

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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Inhabitants
1801 813
1811 870
1821 1,031
1831 1,094
1841 1,036
1851 1,030
1881 1,088
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