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"Wilford is a delightful village and parish situated on the south bank of the Trent, 1½ miles south of Nottingham by the ferry, and three miles by the turnpike. It has several neat villas belonging to opulent families, engaged in the trade and commerce of Nottingham. It contains 570 inhabitants and 1,700 acres of land, of the rateable value of £3,400. Sir J.G.J. Clifton, Bart, is lord of the manor and owner of the soil, except the glebe, and about 70 acres belonging to Henry Smith Esq. The church is a fine old structure, occupying a situation close to the Trent, and commands a most pleasing view of Nottingham and its vicinity, and of the river which is here lined by a long row of lofty elms. It is dedicated to St Wilfrid, and the name of the village is evidently a contraction of Wilfrid's Ford, as there is both a ford and a ferry close by. The tower is low, but the nave and the two side aisles are spacious, and the chancel has a handsome altarpiece. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's books at £18 7s 6d, and received at the enclosure, in 1766, an allotment of 227 acres in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Thomas Thorpe is the incumbent, and resides at the rectory house, a neat mansion at the south-east corner of the churchyard. Sir J.G.J. Clifton, Bart, is the patron of the living. Wilford seems to have been anciently a Roman station, as many Roman coins were dug up here about 50 years ago, most of which were of the latter emperors. Wilford House, the seat of Henry Smith Esq., is a large handsome brick mansion, with extensive pleasure grounds tastefully laid out." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • The Corporation of Nottingham purchased about 60 acres on Wilford Hill to form a cemetery. This is listed in many sources as "Nottingham Southern Cemetery".
  • The Cemetery boasts that two holders of the Victoria Cross are interred within.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Wilford Hill Cemetery entry lane on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008. The mortuary chapel is a large building at the top of the hill.


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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wilford 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 is dedicated to Saint Wilfrid.
  • Saint Wilfrid lived in this area from 634 to 709 AD.
  • The church has its own website, where you can keep up with current events.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1868.
  • The church was restored and the bells recast in 1891.
  • The church seats 408.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Wilfred's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1657 but is imperfect.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Wilford Mormon Temple in Stanhome Square on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008. The mortuary chapel is a large building at the top of the hill.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Wilford village, township and parish have been absorbed into the city of Nottingham. The old village is bounded on the north and the west by the River Trent.

It is difficult in many places to tell the western boundary of the village from West Bridgport. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A52 skirts the southern end of the village.
  • Check for routine, scheduled bus service via Carlberry Company.
  • Stop in at the Wilford Village Hall pictured here on Geo-graph, taken in Novembe, 2008. Ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. You can hire the Hall for a family reunion if you'd like.
You can see pictures of Wilford which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Wilford to another place.


  • The River Trent overflowed its banks in October, 1875, and caused great destruction here along with some loss of life.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK567376 (Lat/Lon: 52.932795, -1.157887), Wilford which are provided by:

Military History

  • The war memorials, commemorating the men of Wilford who died in both World Wars, are on the north wall of the parish church.

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • For governance, the parish was in the Nottinghamshire County council area.
  • In 1887 an act of Parliament split the parish into North WIlford and South WIlford. In 1894, North Wilford was incorporated into the Urban District of Nottingham.
  • In 1887 an act of Parliament split the parish into North WIlford and South WIlford. In the 1950s WIlford changed from an agricultural community to a suburban housing estate.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.
  • The Dorothy Boot Homes were erected on the Main Road in 1908 by Sir Jesse BOOT for veterans of the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.


Year Inhabitants
1801 478
1841 569
1851 570
1871 669
1891 2,769

Postal and Shipping Guides

  • The local Postcode: NG11.