As described in 1871: "STRELLEY, a parish in Basford district, Notts; 2 miles E of Ilkeston r. station. Post town, Nottingham. Acres, 1,050. Real property, £1,762. Pop., 253. Houses, 48. The manor, with S. Hall, belongs to J. T. Edge, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £90. Patron, J. T. Edge, Esq. The church was restored in 1855." John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72
The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints and appears to be of Norman origin. It is a gorgeous little old church, that still contains some alabaster statues from Norman times, and also (under the carpet in the aisle), a superb Norman brass of a buried couple.
The church tower dates from the 12th century and appears to be the oldest part of the church.
All Saints Church was rebuilt by Sir Sampsone de STRELLEY about the year 1356.
The church was restored and reseated in 1855.
A clock was added in 1883.
The church seats 200.
David LALLY has a photograph of Strelley Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
The church has its own Website, but has no history on it as of 2014.
Strelley is a parish and a scattered village 134 miles north of London, 5 miles west-north-west of Nottingham and 2 miles east of Ilkeston. The parish includes Catstone Hill about 1/2 mile south of the village.
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The village shares its name with a nearby post-WW2 housing estate. The village is separated from the housing estate by the A6002 road. The estate is actually in Nottingham city.
By automobile, the parish lies just west of Nottingham, before you reach the M1 Motorway.
The village is served by Nottingham City Transport service.
You can see pictures of Strelley which are provided by:
Strelley is also notable for being the upper terminus of one of the earliest recorded railway lines in the world, the Wollaton Waggonway. The railway ran to Wollaton. Horse-drawn coal wagons travelled to their destination on wooden railway lines. This type of railway is known as a wagonway and it was completed during 1604. It was built by Huntingdon Beaumont working in partnership with the second occupier of Wollaton Hall, Sir Percival Willoughby. Coal mining was a significant industry in Strelley during Elizabethan and Stuart times. Notable families involved in the early mining of Strelley included the Strelleys and the Byrons; it was a Byron who sub-leased the pits to Huntingdon Beaumont.
During the 1960s much of the western part of Strelley parish was dominated by a huge opencast coal mine. After the opencast mine closed, the M1 motorway was constructed over the west of the parish. The village church can now easily be seen from the motorway just north of the Trowell services area.