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Ruddington

"Ruddington, 5 miles south of Nottingham, is a large and well built village and parish, containing a population of 2,182 souls, many of whom are employed in the lace and hosiery manufactures. Its parish comprised 2,900 acres of fertile land, chiefly of a gravelly loam, with a marl sub-soil, the rateable value of which is £5,659 5s 8d. Sir Thomas George Augustus Parkyns, Bart is the principal owner, and lord of the manor, but Charles Paget, R.B. Barker, Thomas Moor and W.G. Boden Esqrs have estates here, the former of whom in 1832 erected Ruddington Grange, a commodious mansion situated on a gentle eminence about a mile north of the village. At the enclosure in 1768, the vicar received 52 acres, and Sir Charles Cavendish 466 in lieu of tithes. Of the latter 400 acres has been bought by Charles Paget Esq, the impropriator. The church was repaired in 1718, and was rebuilt upon a large scale in 1824 at a cost of £1,100, except the chancel and steeple, which are the only remaining parts of the ancient fabric. It was, however, a chapel of ease until 1773, when its burial ground was consecrated, and enclosed with part of the materials of the original mother church that stood in an open field, one mile east of Ruddington, where there had formerly been a village called Flawford. This church of Flawford was a Saxon edifice, dedicated to St Peter, and had a lofty spire steeple, and many curious monuments with cross-legged figures; but having been deserted by the parishioners it bacame ruinous, and a licence was obtained from the archbishop in 1773 to take it down. Its ancient tombs and other ornaments were all destroyed or mutilated by "colliers" employed in the work of demolition, and Throsby says, many of them were taken to build bridges, and to mend the roads. The chancel belonged to the Devonshire family, and was not destroyed till 1799, when the workmen employed in taking up the floor discovered three marble statues of the most exquisite workmanship." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Cemeteries

  • The Shaw Street cemetery was opened in 1882 and placed under the control of Basford Burial Board.
  • The cemetery is owned and managed by the Rushcliffe Borough Council (who hold the records).
  • The adjoining Vicarage Lane Cemetery is owned and managed by the Ruddington Parish Council.
  • St. Peter, Church Street, Church of England

Census

  • The parish was in the Wilford sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2446
1881 R.G. 11 / 3339
1891 R.G. 12 / 2680

Churches

  • St. Peter, Church Street, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ruddington 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 was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was built around 1600.
  • The church was considered a chapel-of-ease to Flawford until 1773, when the burial ground was consecrated. No traces of Flawford now remain.
  • Portions of the structure were rebuilt in 1824.
  • The church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1887-1888.
  • This is a large church, seating 750.
  • Howard GEES has a night-time photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1633 for baptisms, 1653 for burials and 1655 for marriages. The early registers are in very good condition.
  • The IGI covers baptisms & marriages in Ruddington for 1628 - 1822 & 1838 - 1862.
  • The Nottingham FHS marriages CD covers Ruddington for 1628 - 1901.
  • The church was in the West Bingham rural deanery.
  • The General Baptists had a chapels here bbuilt in 1823.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1853.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1835, using their old meeting hall as a school after that.
  • The New Testament Disciples had a chapel here before 1869 but seem to have "moved on" by 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Ruddington is a large village and a parish which lies 5 miles south of Nottingham city and 10 miles north of Loughborough. The parish covers 2,990 acres and includes the wooded hill of Micklebarrow one mile north of the village.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Ruddington is astride the A60 arterial road coming south out of Nottingham city.
You can see pictures of Ruddington which are provided by:

Directories

Historical Geography

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

Manors

  • Ruddington Hall was built in 1860.
  • Ruddington Hall was the residence of Philo-Laos MILLS in 1881.
  • Ruddington Manor was the residence of Henry Valentine STORY in 1881.
  • Ruddington Hall was purchased by Major John Ashworth in 1907.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK573330 (Lat/Lon: 52.891384, -1.149771), Ruddington which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Ruddington Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1768.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.

Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 868
1831 1,428
1851 2,181
1861 2,283
1871 2,436
1881 2,638
1891 2,370
1901 2,493
1911 2,771

Schools

  • A Free School, founded in 1641 by James PEACOCK, was rebuilt in 1827 and 1875.
  • In 1881, the parish included two National Schools. One was for infants and the other for girls.