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Bibliography

  • RUTHERFORD-MOORE, Richard, "Bestwood Park - A Thousand Years of History", 2001.
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Cemeteries

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the old lych gate, Emmanuel Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Hucknall Torkard sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
     
  • In 1911, the parish was re-assigned to the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 856
1861 R.G. 9 / 2447
1881 R.G. 11 / 3332
1891 R.G. 12 / 2671
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Emanuel (often spelled as "Emmanuel").
     
  • The church was built in 1868 of stone, the cost provided by the Duke of St. Albans.
     
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Emmanuel Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Emmanuel Church's Lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
     
  • St. Mark's ecclesiastical (mission) parish was carved from Emanuel ecclesiastical parish and services were held in a schoolroom at first. The first service at the new church (at the end of Church Road at School Walk) was held on Saturday 7th May 1887.
     
  • St. Mark's seats 250.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of St. Mark's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1870.
     
  • This parish is not included on the International Genealogical Index (IGI).
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Hucknall Torkard sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
     
  • In 1911, the parish was re-assigned to the Arnold sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Bestwood is both a village and a parish. The parish lies 137 miles north of London, 7 miles north-west of Nottingham and 2.5 miles north-west of Greasley. The parish borders Derbyshire on the west and covers 958 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Bus service is available from Nottingham city.
     
  • M. J. RICHARDSON has a photograph of the Bestwood Lodge Hotel on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.
     
  • Check out the village website for events and road closures and current bus timetables.
     
You can see pictures of Bestwood which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

M. J. RICHARDSON has a phtograph of Bestwood Lodge on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK566464 (Lat/Lon: 53.011924, -1.157847), Bestwood which are provided by:

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Military History

There is a churchyard grave for Captain Leonard G. HEATH, Sherwood Ranger who died in France in March, 1916.

Leonard's brother, William Henry HEATH served with The South African Constabulary during the Boer War and died in Pretoria of disease on 14th February 1902.

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Military Records

For a photograph of the Bestwood War Memorial in the church and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

There is also a St. Marks Mission churchyard grave for lance corporal Thomas WHITBY who died in 1917.

And St. Mark's has its own War Memorial. To see it and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

On the south wall of St. Mark's is a War Memorial recording those who lost their lives in the Second World War There are the 3 names listed:

  1. Sergt. Eric BARRETT
  2. Pte. Harold CARTER
  3. Wren Iris CARTER
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Politics & Government

  • This place was formerly within the parish of Lenton. In March, 1878, is was constituted as a modern Civil Parish under the name "Bestwood Park".
     
  • This parish was in the southern portion of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
     
  • On 1 April 1933, this parish surrendered 1,101 acres to provide growing room to Nottingham Civil Parish.
     
  • In 1974, the parish joined the new District governance provided by the Gedling Borough Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1871 180
1881 697
1891 736
1901 650
1911 619
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Schools

A Public Elementary School was built here in 1878 and enlarged in 1890 to hold 230 children.

A school board council of 7 members was formed in June, 1903.

David HALLAM-JONES provides a photograph of the Big Wood School on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2014.