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Nottingham St Nicholas

"St. Nicholas' Parish averages about 500 yards in length and 250 in breadth. It is bounded on the west by Brewhouse Yard, the castle wall, Standard Hill, the General infirmary and Park Row; and on the north by Chapel Bar, Angel Row and beastmarket Hill; whence its boundary, including the greater part of Friar Lane, passes in an irregular line behind the Friends' Meeting House and Independent Chapel, across Castle Gate to Greyfriargate, down which it passes to the Leen, which forms the southern limit of the parish. Its principal streets are Castle Gate, Houndsgate, Park Street, Rutland Street, St James' Street, Mount Street and Park Row. It has its parish church, several chapels and other public buildings, one of which is Bromley House.
St Nicholas' Church is a neat, brick edifice ornamented with stone, and like St Peter's, shaded by a number of trees. It occupies a pleasant situation on the south side of Castlegate, whence its large burial ground extends to Chesterfield Street and Rosemary Lane."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives and Libraries

The Bromley House Library was established in 1816. In 1822 it moved to its present location on Angel Row. The library has no handicapped access.



  • The parish was in the Castle sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District.
  • In 1891 the parish was reassigned to the Nottingham South West sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 871
1861 R.G. 9 / 2467 thru 2469
1871 R.G. 10 / 3528 & 3529
1891 R.G. 12 / 2683 & 2684


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • There was an earlier church here, destroyed in the Parliamentary War. The new church was rebuilt in 1678 as a plain red brick building with stone facings.
  • The church was enlarged in 1756 and again in 1783.
  • The church organ was added in 1874 and it was enlarged in 1910.
  • The church seats 600.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1562 and is in good condition.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Castle sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District.
  • In 1891 the parish was reassigned to the Nottingham South West sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District.

Description and Travel

This parish lies just east of Nottingham Castle.

David LALLY has a photograph of The Ned Ludd pub. on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

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Historical Geography

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Military History

  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial Window inside St. Nicholas' Church on Flickr, taken in June, 2010.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county but did not became a modern Civil Parish until December, 1877.
  • This place was incorporated as a part of Nottingham City in late 1897 when Nottingham received its charter as a city that same year as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
  • You may contact the Nottingham City Council regarding political or civic matters, but they will NOT help you with family history searches. They are not funded for that.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1723, St Nicholas' parish erected a workhouse on Gillyflower Hill.
  • In 1813, The Gillyflower Hill workhouse was declared unfit for habitation and a large building at the bottom of Park Row was bought as a replacement. The old building was divided into tenements, known as Jessamine Cottages, and continued in use until 1945 when they were demolished.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Nottingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 5,585
1881 5,355
1891 4,358