"Arnold Parish extends from three to nearly six miles north of Nottingham, contains 4,704 inhabitants, and 4,670 acres of land, including 2,280 acres of Sherwood Forest. It was enclosed in 1789, when 700 acres were allotted to the impropriator, which was then sold to Thomas Holdsworth Esq., who is subject to the reparation of the church; and 23a 3r 37p were allotted to the Crown.
Arnold is a large and populous village, half a mile east of Mansfield Road, and four miles north of Nottingham. It is pleasantly seated upon a sand rock, and has several neat mansions. The inhabitants are principally employed in framework knitting. Arnold Grove is a beautiful residence, occupied by William Williams Esq., solicitor."
The church dedicated to St. Mary, is a large ancient fabric, with a tower and four bells. A new vestry was added in 1838. The vicarage, valued in the King’s books at £7. 17s. 8d., now at £310,, is in the patronage of thc Duke of Devonshire. The Rev. George Francis Holcombe is the incumbent, and the Rev. George Atkinson curate, who resides at the vicarage, a commodious mansion, near the church.
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]