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Broughton Sulney

"Broughton-Sulney, also known as Over-Broughton, 12 miles south-south-east of Nottingham, is a pleasant village, seated upon a declivity on the Melton-Mowbray Road, near the Leicestershire border, and at the foot of the Nottinghamshire Wolds, where the Roman Fosseway enters the county. The parish was enclosed about eighty years ago, and contains 394 inhabitants, and about 1,800 acres of clay land, which belongs principally to Thomas D. Hall Esq., William Brown, William Brett, Thomas and William Cross, and several other small freeholders, the former of whom is lord of the manor. At the enclosure, 240 acres were allotted to the rector in lieu of tithes. The manor was anciently called Brocton, from its Norman owners. It afterwards passed to Alured de Sulene, from whom it received the name of Broughton-Sulney. It is sometimes called Over-Broughton, to distinguish it from Nether-Broughton, in Leicestershire.
The church has a nave, side aisles and a low tower with three bells. In the chancel are marble tablets to the memory of Mrs Burrell and Samuel Wright Esq., who died in 1839, and in the body are several belonging to the Brett family. The rectory, valued in the King's books at £11 9s 4½d, is in the patronage of Sir Joseph Radcliffe, of Campsall in Yorkshire. The Rev. Joseph Burrell is the incumbent. The General Baptists have had a chapel in the village since 1795. At the end of the village is an ancient cross, and near the rectory house is Woundheal Spring, so called from its supposed medicinal virtues."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2302
1871 R.G. 10 / 3296
1891 R.G. 12 / 2545


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Luke.
  • The church is built of brown ironstone.
  • The date of original construction is unknown, but may have been circa 1200. The original church pre-dates 1571. Portions, like the porch, date to 1733.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Church of St. Luke on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1571.
  • The parish was in the South Bingham deanery.
  • The General Baptists had a chapel here by 1869.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish lie south-east of Nottingham on the road to Melton Mowbray near the border with Leicestershire.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, head south-east out of Nottingham on the A606.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of the Village Green on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
  • Beware the tempting bus shelters. Some do not have buses that stop there! Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of one such bus shelter on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

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Historical Geography

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Pump at Greystone Cottage on the western end of the linear village on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Golden Fleece pub on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

  • These are the names associated with The Golden Fleece in various directories:
Year  Person
1853 Richard MARSH, vict.
1869 Richard MARSH, farmer and parish clerk
1881 John TURNER
1912 Edwin Paget CARR

Military History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.


Military Records

Visit the Nottinghamshire county website to see the eight men honored by the churchyard cross.

Those men are;

  1. Leonard Morton BROOKS
  2. William James BROOKS
  3. Frank ECOB
  4. Harold Leonard HOURD
  5. John Edward KEYS
  6. Ralph MARSON
  7. Sidney Tuft PAYNE
  8. Francis Charles WOOLLEY

Names, Geographical

  • The parish is listed under "Upper Broughton", "Over Broughton", "Broughton Sulney", and "Broughton Solney" in various records.

Politics and Government

  • This place is an ancient parish in county Nottingham.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the Southern division of the county.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.
  • You may wish to stop by the Village Hall when it is open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. You can ask about renting the hall for your family re-union.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 230
1841 371
1851 394
1871 370
1881 327
1891 345
1901 323


  • A Board School for the united parishes of Broughton Solney & Nether Broughton was built of red brick and could house 150 children. It was built prior to 1881.