"Basford Parish lies principally in the vale of the Leen, where that river is augmented by two small streams called the Day Brook and White Moor Spring; but its eastern extremity rises to the lofty hills of Mapperley. It extends from one and a half to three miles north of Nottingham, and comprises 2270 acres of land, of which 1158 acres were enclosed in 1792, and several large tracts have since been covered with thriving plantations. It has geneally a rich sandy soil, and lets for upwards of 30s per acre; but some small allotments are let for more than double that amount. It was anciently divided into several manors, and held of the fee of William Peverel, whose Honour Court was formerly held here. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, and owner of a large portion of the land. At Scottom, near the Leen, are three covered springs and a large reservoir, formed in 1827, for the purpose of supplying the Nottingham Old Water Works. It is to the lace and hosiery manufacturers and its contiguity to Nottingham, that Basford Parish owes its present wealth and consequence; and from which causes its population has increased during the last fifty years, from 2,124 to 10,093 souls in 1851; in consequence of which, several new villages have been built in the parish, which now contains eight bleaching establishments, a great number of stocking frames, and bobbin net machines." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of one of the Libraries on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.



  • The Basford Cemetery in the Nottingham Road was opened in the year 1674, covering 6 acres with two mortuary chapels.
  • The Basford Cemetery was under the control of the Burial Committee of the Nottingham Corporation.
  • Rick HALL has a photograph of the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.


  • The parish was in the Basford sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 856
1851 H.O. 107 / 2127
1861 R.G. 9 / 2438, 2439 and 2440
1871 R.G. 10 / 3485 & 3486
1891 R.G. 12 / 2668
1901 R.G. 13 / 3161 & 3189

Church History

  • Saint Leodegarius Church dates from the 1180s (one source gives 1126) but has been heavily restored and rebuilt between 1858 and 1859 by Arthur WILSON. The tower collapsed in 1859.
  • The church seats 600.
  • St. Leodegarius Church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of St. Leodegarius Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.
  • St. Aidan's Church was built in 1905 by Robert Evans and Sons as a chapel of ease to St. Leodegarius Church. The church was consecrated on 21 February 1905.

Church Records

  • The Anglican church was in the No. 1 deanery of Nottingham
Church/Denomination/Founded Register Start
St. Leodegarius (Anglican) Baptisms
St. Aidan (Anglican) c.1905 - -
St. Augustine, New Basford (Anglican) c.1877 Baptisms
St. John, Carrington (Anglican) 1843 Baptisms
Pepper Street, New Basford (Anglican) 1848 - -
Methodist New Connexion, Basford - -
General Baptist, Basford pre-1800 Births 1801
High Street Wesleyan Methodist, Old Basford 1805 Marriages 1900
Rawson Street Primitive Methodist, Old Basford Marriages 1934
Chapel Street General Baptist, New Basford, 1827 - -
Basford Road Wesleyan Methodist, Basford 1839 Baptisms
General Baptist, Carrington 1849 - -
Chapel Street Wesleyan Methodist, Carrington Baptisms 1839
Wesleyan Methodist, Sherwood pre-1840 - -
Pepper Street Scotch Baptist, Basford. 1826 Membership 1877
Mount Street Primitive Methodist, New Basford 1848 - -
Mount Street Wesleyan Methodist, New Basford 1825 Baptisms 1830
Wesleyan Methodist, New Basford 1835 - -
Park Lane United Methodist Reform, Basford Baptisms
Percy Street Methodist, Basford Baptisms 1936
St. John's Methodist, Basford Baptisms 1914
High Street General Baptist, Old Basford c.1857 - -
Nottingham Road General Baptist, Basford c.1861 Membership 1861
Arnold Street Baptist, Old Basford Marriages 1966

There is a photograph of the Queensberry Street Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.


Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie in a valley of the River Leen on the about 1.5 miles northwest from Nottingham city centre. The parish covers 1,158 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is just off of the A611 trunk road, heading north out of Nottingham city.
  • Local bus service is available from Nottingham town centre.
  • Basford has three passenger train stations. Plan ahead if you arrive by train!
You can see pictures of Basford which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Basford was a major centre for frameowrk knitting in the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Basford used to be a major soap manufacturing town.
  • You might want to get a subscription to the Basford Bystander and keep track of what is happening in the area. The site offers copies of the newsletter in Portable Document File format for Adobe Acrobat Reader by e-mail.


  • Mapperley Hall, was started in 1792 by Ichabod WRIGHT. The parkland around it took on the Mapperley name.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK550434 (Lat/Lon: 52.985125, -1.182201), Basford which are provided by:


Medical Records

  • The Basford Rural District Sanatorium was built in 1896 to hold 28 patients.
  • Patient records were not required to be archived, although hospital financial and staff records may be found in the Archives.
  • During World War One, the Bagthorpe Hospital became the Bagthorpe Military Hospital. The Nottingham Evening Post,' for 15th February 1915 reported that the hospital will be operated by the Royal Army Medical Corps after the existing patients had been re-located. "The military authorities will supply the beds, bedding, and other articles required for the wounded."

Military History

  • There was a World War One Memorial in the Basford Social Club, but at last report this had been stolen. Fortunately, a photograph of the memorial remains (see below).
  • There was a World War One Memorial in the Chelsea Street Baptist Church, presumably of Baptist church members. But that church has since closed and the memorial has bounced around, finally landing in the Whitemoor Baptist Church. See the next section for a photograph and list of names.
  • On the front of the Queensberry Street Baptist Church there is War Memorial to WWI members. See the next section for a photograph and list of names.

Military Records

  • For a photograph and the list of names on the Social Club War Memorial, see the Nottingham County Council site.
  • For a photograph and the list of names on the Whitemoor Baptist Church War Memorial, see the Nottingham County Council site.
  • For a photograph and the list of names on the Queensberry Street Baptist Church War Memorial, see the Nottingham County Council site.

Politics & Government

  • Basford was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the north division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • New Basford was created as an ecclesiastical parish in March, 1847, from that of Basford. It appears that New Basford became a new Civil Parish in 1899.
  • Basford parish was absorbed into Nottingham city in 1877 and became one of the northern suburbs of the city.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • There was a parish workhouse in Basford in 1777. It served several nearby parishes and housed up to 44 inmates.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1792.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became the center of the Basford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 2,124
1811 2.940
1821 3,599
1831 6.325
1841 8,688
1851 10,093
1861 12,185
1871 13,038
1881 18,137
1891 22,781
1901 27,119