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Radford

"Radford Parish is bounded on the south by Lenton and Nottingham, and has shared so largely with the latter in manufacturing spirit, that it now ranks the second most populous parish in the county, though it does not comprise more than 600 acres of land, belonging to numerous freeholders. Gregory Gregory Esq. of Harlaxton Hall is lord of the manor and impropriator. At the enclosure in 1768, Gregory de Linge Gregory Esq., as lay impropriator, had an allotment of 43a 2r 28p of land, and in 1796 an allotment of 6a 1r 16p for the tithe and 6a 3r 11p as lord of the manor, and 1a 2p 20p was awarded to the Surveyors of the Highways. The parish contains, in 1851, 2,600 houses, and 12,635 inhabitants, of whom 6,065 are males and 6,570 females. Radford was given by Wm. Peveril to the Priory which he founded at Lenton and still continues a parcel of that manor. Village and Townships Radford Old Village. 1½ miles north west by west of Nottingham, is situated on the river Leen.
The church, dedicated to St Peter, was rebuilt in 1812 at a cost of £2,000. It is a neat Gothic structure, with a gallery and a tower at the west end. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £3 9s 4½d. now £293. the crown is the patron, and the Rev. Samuel Cresswell incumbent. The church yard was enlarged by adding about 3 roods of land in April 1844, and erecting a new stone wall around it at a cost of about £300. In digging the foundation of this wall, an ancient key, fragments of columns &c., were discovered, supposed to have belonged to the former church, erected about the 11th century. The Wesleyan chapel, built in 1805, and enlarged in 1828, will seat about 400 persons, and there are in the other villages in the parish thirteen other dissenting chapels."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

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Archives and Libraries

You will want to check out the Radford-Lenton Library as a research asset.

And, if you need a picture to help you find the building, Alan MURRAY-RUST provides a portrait of the building on Geograph.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Lenton sub-district of the Radford Registration District until 1880.
     
  • In 1880, the Radford Registration District was abolished, so the parish was assigned to the Hyson Green sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District after 1880.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 860
1851 H.O. 107 / 2129 & 2130
1861 R.G. 9 / 2447 & 2449 & 2488
1871 R.G. 10 / 3502
1881 R.G. 11 / 3344
1891 R.G. 12 / 2689

Churches

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

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Church History

  • There was a church here by 1171 AD.
     
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
     
  • An old church was demolished in 1811.
     
  • The church was rebuilt from the rubble of the old one in 1812.
     
  • The churchyard was extended in 1869.
     
  • The church seats 370.
     
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.
     
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the north side of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
     
  • John SUTTON also has a photograph of St Peter's Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
     
  • Roger TEMPLEMAN has a photograph of St Peter's Tower on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
     
  • "New Radford" is an ecclesiastical parish formed in April, 1845. In it, Christ Church was erected in 1847 on the Ilkeston Road. It seated 1,000, but was demolished in 1950.
     
  • All Souls Church, Radford, was the last Anglican church of the 19th century to be erected in Radford. The church was opened in 1895. In 1943 nearby Christ Church was closed and for seven years its parish was in the care of All Souls. In 1979, this church was closed and was demolished.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1556.
     
  • The register for Christ Church dates from 1845.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel built here in 1805 and enlarged it in 1828.
     
  • The United Free Methodists had a chapel built here in St. Peter's Street in 1878 but closed it in 1947.
     
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the United Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.
     
  • A United Methodist chapel was built here in Independent Street in 1912.
     
  • There is a photograph of St. Paul's Catholic Church on Lenton Blvd. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Paul's Catholic Church on Lenton Blvd. on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
     
  • St. Paul's Catholic Church has an online History page.
     
  • There is a photograph of the Evangelical Free Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Lenton sub-district of the Radford Registration District until 1880.
     
  • In 1880, the Radford Registration District was abolished, so the parish was assigned to the Hyson Green sub-district of the Nottingham Registration District after 1880.
     
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Description and Travel

Radford is both a village and a parish just north of Nottingham city, 128 miles north of London and 9 miles north of Loughborough. The parish covered only 600 acres and has been incorporated into Nottingham city.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A609 arterial road west out of Nottingham city centre. The A609 bisects the village about 3 miles west of the city centre.
     

You can see pictures of Radford which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72,"  describes Radford as:

"RADFORD, a suburban town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Notts. The town is suburban to Nottingham; lies on the river Leen and on the Nottingham and Mansfield railway, 1½ mile W N W of the centre of Nottingham; consists of two parts, called Old R. and New R.; increased its population nearly sixfold between 1801 and 1861; shares largely in the manufactures of Nottingham, chiefly lace and stockings; and has a post-office under Nottingham, a railway-station, two churches, six dissenting chapels, a national school, a workhouse, and charities £12.
St. Peter's church was rebuilt in 1812; and is a neat Gothic edifice, with a tower. Christchurch was built in 1845, and is in New Radford. The parish includes Kensington, New Coleorton, and part of Hyson-Green, and comprises 1,000 acres. Real property, £27, 659. Pop. in 1851, 12, 637; in 1861, 13, 495. Houses, 2, 858. The manor belongs to J. S. Gregory, Esq. Gas-works were erected in 1844; and coal is mined. The living of St. Peter is a vicarage, and that of Christchurch is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value of the former, £293; of the latter, £300. Patron of the former, the Lord Chancellor; of the latter, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. "

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Historical Geography

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

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History

John SUTTON has a photograph of Player Street after the fire of March 2015 on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.

John SUTTON has a photograph of The Plough Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2017.

John SUTTON has a photograph of The Pheasant Inn on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Gregory Public House on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Old Peacock (now closed) on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

SK53 has a photograph of the Marquis of Lorne (now closed) on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Richard VINGE has a photograph of the Colonel Burnaby pub. on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.

Peter McKAY has a photograph of the White Horse pub. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.

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Military History

  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the War Memorial Cross on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010. This is just outside St. Peter's churchyard.
     
  • In All Souls Church, a Book of Remembrance and a Roll of Honour was produced. The whereabouts of the two Books of Remembrance is currently unknown.
     
  • In All Souls Church, a side chapel was dedicated to the fallen of both wars.
     
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Military Records

  • For a list of names on the War Memorial, see the Nottingham County Council site.
     
  • From the Nottingham Evening Post March 22, 1916:
"Pte John JARVIS 8th Sherwood Foresters 123 Salisbury street Radford killed in action Nov 12th (1915) aged 17 years." John was buried at Suvla Bay. Served in the 9th Battalion, Notts and Derby Rgt., died (according to CWGC) on 13 Nov 1915.
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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • This parish was in the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
     
  • In 1880, a detached part of this Civil Parish was attached to Lenton Civil Parish in exchange for a portion of Lenton parish.
     
  • In March, 1897, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated into Nottingham Civil Parish.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1768.
     
  • Prior to 1834, Radford had a parish workhouse for poor at St. Peter's Street. The institution was later known as Peveril House.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became the center of the Radford Poor Law Union.
     
  • In July, 1880, this parish was re-assigned to the Nottingham Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 2,269
1811 3,447
1821 4,806
1831 9,806
1841 10,817
1851 12,637
1871 15,209
1881 20,954
1891 38,718
1901 35,354
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Schools

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old School and school house on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

  • In 1911, the former Union house in Hartley Road was being used as the Nottingham Children's Training Institution. Most of the students were from the workhouse. The girls were taught domestic skills like sewing, food preparation, cleaning and laundry. At age 12 to 14 the girls were promoted to the public as efficient domestic servants for hire. The boys were educated to about the same age and were deemed suitable for factory or field work or farm animal care.