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"COLWICK, a parish in Basford district, Notts; on the river Trent, and on the Nottingham and Grantham railway, 2½ miles E of Nottingham. Post town, Nottingham. Acres, 1, 255. Real property, £3, 412. Pop., 110. Houses, 20. The property is all in one estate. Colwick Hall is the seat of-J. Musters, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £220. Patron, J. Chaworth Musters, Esq. The church is good; and has monuments of the Musterses and the Byrons."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]


  • The parish was in the Carlton sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 865
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2445
1871 R.G. 10 / 3496
1891 R.G. 12 / 2679


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

Church History

  • There was a church and a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church stands close to Colwick Hall.
  • The church was repaired and partially rebuilt in 1684.
  • The church stands now, partly ruined. It was closed as unsafe in 1936.
  • The church is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.
  • A new Anglican parish church was built in 1950, consecrated in June, 1951, and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the new St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1569 and is on parchment in fair condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Nottingham.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Colwick is a small village and was a parish which stood under a long range of hills on the north and west bank of the Trent River. The village stood 3 miles east of Nottingham proper and 125 miles north of London. It is now a part of the conurbation of Nottingham city.

The village was once known for producing "Colwick Cheese". If you are planning a visit:

  • Start your visit in Nottingham and ask the local tourist office how to find Colwick.
  • Netherfield station is the closest passenger rail station.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the new Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.

You can see pictures of Colwick which are provided by:



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

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Colwick 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 Colwick Inn on Geo-graph, taken in ebruary, 2009. This Inn is on the boundary with Nottingham City.


  • Colwick Hall was built in 1776. It stood about a mile west of the village on the banks of the Trent River.
  • Colwick Hall suffered considerable damage from the Nottingham reform rioters of 1831.

Military History

  • The War Memorial is a simple obelisk of Portland stone commemorated to all who gave their lives in conflict. IT was erected just outside of St. John's Church.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.

Military Records

For photographs of the Colwick War Memorials and the list of names on them, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish was abolished in April, 1935, and divided between Nottingham, Carlton and Holme Pierrepont Civil Parishes.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Gedling Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 116
1841 109
1851 120
1861 110
1871 101
1881 113
1891 450
1901 899
1911 1,055
1921 1,423