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Greasley

"Greasley Parish is very extensive, and consists of the six hamlets and constablewicks of Brinsley, Kimberley, Moor Green, Newthorpe, Watnall Cantelupe and Watnall Chaworth, which maintain their poor conjointly, but their roads separately. The contain 5,284 inhabitants and 8,010 of enclosed land, of the rateable value of £9,130.
Greasley, commonly called Greasley Moor Green, from it being included in that constablewick, is situated 7 miles north-west by north of Nottingham. It is a small but pleasant village containing about 360 inhabitants. Lord Melbourne is the principal owner and lord of the manor, but Thomas Grammer, Mrs Marshall and the Misses Grammer also have estates here. The church is a spacious edifice, with a handsome and lofty embattled tower, and four good bells. The Rev. John Hides M.A. now enjoys the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £8 5s, now £134, and has had several augmentations from Queen Anne's Bounty. Lord Melbourne is the patron and impropriator. The Independents have a commodious chapel in the village." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Greasley hamlets & constablewicks;

  • Kimberley, Brinsley, Moor Green, Newthorpe, Watnall Cantelupe, Watnall Chaworth

Cemeteries

  • The Kimberley Cemetery on Broomhill Road has its own mortuary chapel, but it may no longer be in use. It is managed by the Kimberley town council.
  • Lynne KIRTON has a photograph of Kimberley cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • St. Mary, Church Road, Church of England

Census

  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 857
1851 H.O. 107 / 2125
1861 R.G. 9 / 2532
1871 R.G. 10 / 3477 and 3479
1881 R.G. 11 / 3322
1891 R.G. 12 / 2659 through 2661

Churches

  • St. Mary, Church Road, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Greasley area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church chancel was built in the 13th century and is the oldest part of the church.
  • The church seats 801 people.
  • The townships of Kimberley and Brinsley formed their own ecclesiastical districts, each with a separate church and parsonage.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from May, 1600, for baptisms and burials and from April, 1660, for marriages. These early records are often undecipherable and are in poor condition. The period from 1710 to 1730 is missing altogether.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The Primitive Methodists, the Baptists and the Reformers each had a chapel in Newthorpe before 1881.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel in Watnall before 1881.
  • There is a photograph of the United Methodist Free Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Greasley is both a township and a parish. The parish contains the hamlets of; Moor Green, Brinsley, Kimberley, Newthorpe, Watnall Chaworth and Watnall Cantelupe. The parish lies 137 miles north of London and 7 miles north-west of Nottingham. The parish covers just under 5,200 acres.

Moor Green is a hamlet 2.5 miles from Langley Mill station. It was formerly called "Greasley Moor Green", partly because the parish church was located here.

Newthorpe is a hamlet on the Erewash River. It is 1 mile south-west of Greasley church.

Watnall Chaworth and Watnall Cantelupe form one village in the parish.

Kimberley was split off as a separate parish in 1896.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to the A610 trunk road at roundabout 26 and turn west. At the second roundabout, just past Eastwood, turn north. You should be on the A608. Turn right on to Nottingham Road and folow that down into Greasley.
  • Alternatively, by automobile, you can take the A6008 from the heart of Nottingham and follow it northwest to Greasley. You will have to turn on to the Derby Road (A610) for the last part of your journey.
You can see pictures of Greasley which are provided by:

Directories

Historical Geography

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

History

  • The "Cricket Players' Arms" was an 18th century public house in Kimberley township. It origianally stood on the main road between Eastwood and Kimberley, across from the village green. But eventually a church was built on the grren and the railway caused the main road to be re-aligned, which placed the pub behind an embankment. It was finally torn down in the 1950s. [Thank you Bob Armstrong, NZ]

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK490470 (Lat/Lon: 53.018045, -1.271014), Greasley which are provided by:

Military History

  • In the township of Kimberley stands this War Memorial, as found on Geo-graph, photo taken in August, 2008.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of county Nottingham and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • On 9 October, 1877, this parish gave up the Hempshill area to Nuthall Civil Parish in return for two parts, Giltbrook and Gilthill, which it received. This reduced Greasley Civil Parish by about 790 acres.
  • On 1 April, 1896, this parish was reduced in size to help create the Brinsley Civil Parish and the Kimberley Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1935, this parish was reduced by 226 acres to enlarge Eastwood Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Greasley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to provide family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Broxtowe Burrough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • 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.

Population

Note: The parish was greatly reduced in size in 1896 and 1935.

Year Inhabitants
1801 2,968
1851 5,284
1861 6,280
1871 7,113
1881 8,867
1891 11,143
1901 5,694
1911 5,970
1921 6,279

Schools

  • An endowed School was built at Newthorpe in 1878 to hold 400 children and 150 infants.
  • A Board School was built at Watnall in 1752 by Lancelot ROLLESTON.
 
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