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"Bunny is situated on the A60 Nottingham to Leicester road, about 7 miles south of the centre of Nottingham. Immediately to the south of Bunny are the rolling hills of the Wolds. A distinctive feature of the village, even from a distance, is the large red brick tower of Bunny Hall, the ancestral home of the Parkyns family. The hall has a high brick wall giving it privacy from the village, and enclosing a large area of parkland. The whole area, apart from the wooded slopes of the escarpment to the south (where gypsum is quarried) is totally agricultural, where the farms were owned by the Parkyns family and leased to the tenant farmers." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The parish was in the Wilford sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 863
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2446
1891 R.G. 12 / 2680


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bunny area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church is believed to date from about 1600.
  • The church was partially restored in 1890.
  • The church seats 300.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

Church Records

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish are 7 miles south of Nottingham on the high road to Longborough (now the A60 trunk road). The parish covers just over 2,050 acres and includes Windmill Hill.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By bus or coach, check the Carlberry web site for route information.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. You should stop in when they are open and request a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of Bunny which are provided by:


White's 1853 "History – Directory and Gazetteer of Nottinghamshire" (partial):

BUNNEY is a compact village and parish under the Wolds, seven miles south of Nottingham, upon the Leicester road; its parish has united with it the adjacent parish of Bradmore. and they together contain 737 inhabitants, and 3,560 acres of Iand, of the value of £5OOO, of which the heirs of the late Lord Rancliffe are lord of the manor, owners of the soil, and impropriators. The rectorial tithes are included in the rent of the farms, and allotments of land were awarded for the vicaral tithes at the enclosure in 1798. Bunney church is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains several monuments of the Parkyns family, who purchased these lordships in the reign of Elizabeth.  In the chancel is a tomb to the memory of Sir Thomas Parkyns, Batt., the famous wrestler who died in 1741, aged 78.  By the inscription we are informed that he new-roofed the chancel, built the vault below, and erected this monument, that he studied physic for the benefit of his neighbours, and wrote the “Cornish Hug WrestIer." He is represented on one part of the monument in a posture ready for wrestling; and on another he appears thrown by time, accompaiued by a suitable stanza.
Bunney Park Hall is a handsome mansion, situated at the end of the Park, near the village. The park is well wooded and has a long avenue of lofty trees, with a profusion of bramble and other cover for the game. The school, with almshouses for from two to four poor widows, and apartments for the master, was built in 1700 by Sir Thomas Parkyns.

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bunny to another place.


  • Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of the Rancliffe Arms on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Bunny Hall's tower on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Military History

Inside of St. Mary's Church there is a wall-mounted white marble plaque with black inscription honoring the men of the Bunny area who fell in World War One.

Military Records

The names on the War Memorial plaque can be found at the Nottinghamshire County site.

Names, Geographical

The ancient name of this village and parish was "bune", an Old English word for "reed".

The parish name has been listed as Bunny, Bunney, and Boney in historical records. "Bunny" is the currently accepted version.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Bunny Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Richard ROGERSON has a photograph of the Almshouses founded by Sir Thomas PARKYNS in 1700 on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1798.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 359
1811 374
1841 360
1881 262
1891 239


The village school was originally built in 1700 by Sir Thomas PARKYNS.