White's Directory of Nottinghamshire, 1853



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.

Bramcote Hills is the sylvan seat of John Sherwin Sherwin Esq., beautifully surrounded with shrubberies and verdant lawns.
Bramcote Grove is the residence and property of Mr Lawrence Hall.
Bramcote Moor is noted for a colliery which is worked by Lord Middleton, who is a small owner.

The parish feast is on Old Michaelmas Day, when that happens to be Sunday; If on Monday, the Sunday before; if on Tuesday, the Sunday after.

[Transcribed by Clive Henly]