"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 £5,000, 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, accompanied 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."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]