"Bilborough is a small, pleasant village and parish 3½ miles west north west of Nottingham. It contains 255 inhabitants and 1098 acres of clay land, the whole of which belongs to James Thomas Edge Esq., except the Broxtow Hall estate, which is the property of Lord Middleton.
The church is a small structure, with a tower and one bell. It is dedicated to St. Martin, and is a rectory valued in the King's books at £3 12s 6d, and now £273. The Rev. William Topham Hobson M.A. is the rector, and resides at the rectory house, a handsome mansion built in 1842 at a cost of about £2,000. In 1839, the tithe allotment of 230 acres was exchanged for two messuages and 156a 1r 16p of land in the parish of Bleasby."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Nottingham will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Hucknall Torkard 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 / 2442
1871 R.G. 10 / 3491
1881 R.G. 11 / 3332
1891 R.G. 12 / 2671

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist Leenside.
  • Early Directories tell us that the church was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours.
  • The church was built in the 14th century near the Leen.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.
  • The old church was destroyed by German aircraft attack on 8th May 1941.
  • Two ex-army wooden huts were brought from Colwick and became the temporary church from March 1956.
  • The new church was built of brick on a new site and was consecrated on 21st March 1959. At that time the dedication was changed to St. John the Baptist.
  • There is no bell in the new tower.
  • "Oxymoron" has a photograph of Church of St John the Baptist on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1569 for baptisms and marriages and 1571 for burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The Bilborough Baptist Church is a relatively recent construction.
  • "Oxymoron" has a photograph of Catholic Church of St Hugh on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2008.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This is a small village and a parish 4 miles west-north-west of Nottingham and 134 miles north of London. The River Trent runs through the parish, just south of the town. The parish covers 1,050 acres.

The village is normally regarded as a suburb of Nottingham.

See also a separate page for "BROXTOW, a hamlet and a hundred in Notts. The hamlet is in Bilbrough parish, ...

You can see pictures of Bilborough which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



There were extensive beds of coat in this parish, worked by the Cinder Hill Colliery in 1911.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the old Poachers Tavern on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009. This Inn is now an Indian restaurant.



Broxtowe Hall is in this parish.

In 1881, William ANDREWS, a farmer, is the tenant at Broxtowe Hall.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK519409 (Lat/Lon: 52.962963, -1.228772), Bilborough which are provided by:


Military History

Note in the Church History section that the old church was bombed by a German aircraft in 1941.

There was a Roll of Honour in the old St. Martin of Tours Church with the names of 16 men who served as well as three who died.


Military Records

There are the 3 names listed on the Roll of Honour who died:

  1. gunner Edwin George BREWSTER, RFA
  2. pte. George DOBNEY, MG Corps
  3. driver William Richard FLACK, RFA

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the northern division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Bilborough Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • On 1 April, 1933, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated with Nottingham Civil Parishto become a ward in Nottingham city.

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.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 307
1831 330
1851 255
1881 210
1901 202


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1872 for the children of this parish and Strelly.

Nottingham University operates The Samworth Academy here. This used to be the old William Sharp Comprehensive School.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Samworth Academy on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.