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"Wollaton is a parish and village in North Notts, hundred of Broxtowe, Radford union, County Court district and rural deanery of Nottingham. It is about three miles west from Nottingham Market Place. St Leonard's Church is an ancient stone building, chiefly of the Perpendicular period, containing chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, with handsome spire, clock and six bells. It is about to be thoroughly restored. The register dates from 1576. The rectory, with that of Cossall annexed, is of the value of £721, with residence and seven acres of glebe, in the gift of Lord Middleton. A school was established here in 1841, at the expense of the late Lord Middleton, and is still maintained by the family. The Hall is situated on an eminence, in the midst of a well wooded park of 750 acres. It was finished by Sir F. Willoughby in 1583 having been eight years in building. It is square, constructed of Ancaster stone, with large towers and pinnacles at the angles. The approach to the hall is through a long winding avenue of lofty limes. There are two handsome stone lodges. The hall was threatened by an advance of the Reform rioters in 1831, but they were repulsed by the Wollaton troop of the South Notts Yeomanry Cavalry. The pits of the Wollaton Colliery Company are at the west end of the village, and the Midland Railway branch from Radford to Trowell intersects the parish. The feast is on the Sunday nearest November 6. Area: 2069a 0r 1p; rateable value £6,884 19s." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


  • Wollaton Cemetery is an acre of land set aside by Lord Middleton in Noggy Lane. It was consecrated in May, 1879 and was under the Parish Council's Burial Board's control until transfered to Nottingham Borough.
  • There is a photograph of the Cemetery on Bramcote Lane on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.


  • The parish was in the Beeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • In an 1891 re-organization, this parish was assigned to the Bulwell sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2127
1861 R.G. 9 / 2440
1891 R.G. 12 / 2670


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wollaton 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 Leonard.
  • The church stood here before 1236.
  • The church is on the north-east side of Wollaton Road.
  • The church was restored in 1885-86.
  • The church seats 250.
  • The churchyard was closed for burials before 1881.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bulwell.
  • The church has its own Website complete with a short history and photographs.
  • There is a photograph of St Leonard's tower on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.
  • The church is a Grade II structure in English Heritage.

Church Records

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Beeston sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • In an 1891 re-organization, this parish was assigned to the Bulwell sub-district of the Basford Registration District.

Description and Travel

Wollaton is a village, a township and was a parish only 3 miles west of Nottingham city. It has since become part of the conurbation of Nottingham city. The parish covered about 2,069 acres and the Nottingham Canal passes through it.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • Take the A609 about three miles west from the heart of Nottingham.
  • Local bus service is available out of Nottingham.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of Wollaton Village centre on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2003.
You can see pictures of Wollaton which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • A large colliery here employed a large number of men in the parish.


  • Wollaton Hall was owned by the MIDDLETON family, the records for which are held at the Archives in the Hallward Library at the University of Nottingham.
  • Construction on the Hall was started in 1580 by Sir Francis WILLOUGHBY and finished in 1588. It was built in the Elizabethan style in a park of about 750 acres.
  • The Hall was attacked in 1831 by the Reform rioters (not Luddites). They were repulsed at the gates by the Woolaton troop of Yeomanry.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK519392 (Lat/Lon: 52.947661, -1.229037), Wollaton which are provided by:

Military History

  • In 1891 E Troop of the Southern Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry were stationed here. Captain G. FELLOWS, commanding; Sergt.-major Levi CHANDLER, drill instructor.
  • In 1912 this was D Squadron of the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. Major H. L. LEY, commanding; Capt. H. L. BIRKIN, second in command; Sergt.-Major T. A. PEARMAN, drill instructor. Captain BIRKIN would be promoted to Major and serve at Gallipoli.
  • There is a photograph of the Great War Memorial Tablet in St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.
  • During World War II the American 508th Parachute Regiment were billeted in tented accommodation in Wollaton Park. They were deployed both on D Day and in Operation Market Garden.

Names, Geographical

  • The name "Wollaton" is pronounced as "Woolaton". It is often incorrectly spelled that way too.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in south division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1933, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated with Nottingham Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Basford petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 838
1841 574
1861 555
1871 658
1881 712
1891 654
1901 541
1911 550
1921 551
1931 1,796


  • A Parish School for both sexes was built in 1841 by Lord Middleton. This school was rebuilt in 1865.
  • The school above became a National School in the early 1900s.