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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:
CensusYear 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.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1556.
  • The Bunny Village History Society has baptisms, marriages and burials online.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.

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.
You can see pictures of Bunny which are provided by:

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.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK583295 (Lat/Lon: 52.859817, -1.135535), Bunny which are provided by:

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.
  • 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