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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]



  • 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:
CensusYear Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 871
1861 R.G. 9 / 2467 thru 2469
1891 R.G. 12 / 2683 & 2684


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

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.

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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.

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 didvided 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