"Bramcote, five miles west by south of Nottingham, is one of the most delightful villages and parishes in the whole county. It is seated upon several lofty hills, from which extensive and beautiful prospects are seen, and contains several handsome mansions occupied by their owners. It comprises 722 inhabitants and about 1,000 acres of rich, sandy land. John Sherwin Sherwin Esq. is lord of the manor and principal owner. At the enclosure in 1771, 32a 2r 5p were allotted to the Chesterfield School for the corn tithe, 23a 3p to Mr Hudson for the hay tithe, 4a 2r 9p to the vicar, and 5a to the churchwardens.
The church stands upon an abrupt eminence, has a low tower and three bells, and is annexed to the vicarage of Attenborough. A new parsonage was erected here in 1843 at a cost of £1,500, and has about twelve acres of glebe. The Rev. Wm. Hy. Cantrell M.A. is the resident officiating curate. J.S. Sherwin Esq. pays £20 yearly to the resident clergyman. Here lies interred Henry Handley Esq., whose charities to this and other parishes are noticed. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1834, and a National School in 1836. The church land now lets for £23 10s per annum, which goes to the repairs of the church. Thomas Hollingworth left Pilkington Close in 1675, which was exchanged by the Poor Law Commissioners in 1842 for a piece of land called the Clays, containing 6 acres, which now lets for £21 a year, the rent of which is equally divided between the poor of Bramcote, Long Eaton and Sawley. Bramcote Moor Close was purchased for the poor with £10 left in 1786 by Mary Charlton, and now lets for 25s yearly. Miss Fras. Jane Longden has just erected (1852) and endowed 4 almshouses, for 4 poor women."
[WHITE's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853]



  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 856
1861 R.G. 9 / 2492
1891 R.G. 12 / 2723

Church History

  • The old chapel was here in 1246.
  • Nothing remains of the old church except the low square embattled tower standing in the old churchyard, now closed.
  • A new church was built here in the 14th century. It was abandoned in 1861 and the nave and chancel and south porch demolished in 1862.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of The Sunken Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2003.
  • The new church was consecrated in 1861.
  • The new Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • M. J. RICHARDSON has a photograph of St Michael and All Angels Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562, but the first two volumes are in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1834. The chapel is on Chapel is on Chapel Street, naturally.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1869.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Bramcote is both a village and a parish about 5 miles west-by-south from Nottingham city and 2 miles west of Beeston. The parish covers just over 1,060 acres of lofty hills.

The ancient Saxon farming village is now part of the conurbation of Nottingham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to the A52 trunk road and turn east. At the second roundabout, you are at Bramcote. Exit to the right.
  • Bramcote Leisure Centre is in Bramcote Park, just west of the A52. Check at the desk for current activities.
You can see pictures of Bramcote which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Much of the parish workforce was employed as frame-work knitters in the 1800s.
  • The parish festival was held on St. Michaelmas Day (29th September) or a day very close to it.


  • Bramcote Hall is a relatively modern building of brick and stone, built in 1800.
  • The old Manor House is built of red brick and was once the residence of the HANDLEY family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK507378 (Lat/Lon: 52.935213, -1.24712), Bramcote which are provided by:


Military History

The War Memorial plaque in the church was dedicated in April 1920.


Military Records

There are 15 names on the War Memorial plaque:

  • Richard Lancelot Baugh ALLEN
  • Ernest EATCH
  • John Strachan PEARSON
  • Harold Brocklesby BARTRAM
  • Richard HALLAM
  • Stephen Hetley PEARSON
  • Arthur Henry BURTON
  • Frank KIRK
  • John Strachan STARBUCK
  • Charles Geoffrey CLAYE
  • Charles Paton LAVELL
  • Harry SWIFT
  • George COOKE

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish and Chapelry in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the northern division of the county in the south division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • This Civil Parish was abolished in April, 1935 to create the Civil Parish of Beeston and Stapleford.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1771.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • In 1852 Miss Frances Jane LONGDEN built 4 almshouses for 4 poor women.
  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of the almshouses on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 354
1851 722
1861 691
1871 616
1881 751
1891 762
1901 745
1911 683


  • A National School was built here in 1836.
  • The village now sports four schools; Bramcote C of E Primary School, Bramcote Hills Primary School, Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School and Foxwood School.
  • St. John's College is a Church of England theological college.