"Bulwell, situated in the vale of the Leen, four miles N.N.W. of Nottingham, is a scattered populous village and parish, containing 3,785 inhabitants, and 1,210 acres of land, including 140 acres of unenclosed forest. The Rev. Alfred Padley is the principal owner and lord of the manor, who resides at Bulwell Hall, and pleasant mansion embowered in trees, about a mile N.W. of the village, and five files from Nottingham. This estate was purchased by the worthy owner in 1827, of the assignees of Godfrey Wentworth Esq. Bulwell lime is considered to be the best in the county for all purposes.
The church was an ancient edifice, dedicated to St Mary, and stood upon a steep declivity. The rectory, valued in the King's Books at £5 5s 10d, now at £238, is in the gift of the Rev. Alfred Padley. The Rev. J.W. Armytage is the incumbent, and the Rev. Samuel Rogers is the curate, and resides at the rectory, an old edifice near the church. A handsome new edifice with a tower was erected of stone at a cost of £3,000, near the site of the old one, in 1850, by subscription, aided by a grant of £400 from the London and Nottingham Church Building Societies. The Rev. A. Padley gave £600, and Mrs Bolton of Bulwell Hall gave £300. The same lady has (May 1852) furnished the church with a splendid organ which cost £600. The Wesleyan, New Connexion and Primitive Methodists, the Baptists and the New Testament Disciples, have each a chapel in the village. Here is a neat station on the Nottingham and Mansfield Railway. The Free-school was erected in 1668 by George Strelley Esq., who endowed it with land and buildings now worth £30 per annum, for which the master teached eight free scholars. John Dams, in 1788, left seven acres now worth ten guineas per annum, for the preaching of nine lectures yearly in the church, viz: on the last Tuesday in every month, except July, August and November. These lectures have not been given since 1817. The interest of £50, vested in the Nottingham Flood Road, and left by George Robinson in 1798, is distributed amongst the poor at Christmas."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

  • The Bulwell Library was established in 1923 as part of a chain of libraries.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Bulwell Library on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • The Bulwell Riverside Library is located on Main Street. They are open six days most weeks and have a Local History section.


  • Nottingham Northern Cemetery opened in 1900 at Hempshill Lane. It was known at the time as the Northern or Corporation Cemetery.
  • Photographs and a map can be found at 49 Squadron.
  • High Wood Cemetery is just west of town near Nuthall and all the graves are aligned to face north-west, a Muslim practice that has riled many a Christian. This cemetery apparently opened only in 2006 off Low Wood Road, so it is new.


  • 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 / 2441
1871 R.G. 10 / 3490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2671 & 2672

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and All Saints. Locally it is known as St. Mary's Church.
  • Some Directories of the 1800s give the dedication to Saint Margaret, but I believe that was just an error that kept being repeated in later copies.
  • The church was built in 1850 on the site of the original Bulwell church, which was erected in the 13th century. The older church was severly damaged by weather in 1843.
  • There is a somewhat dark photograph of St. Mary the Virgin's Church in Coventry Road on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of St. Mary the Virgin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
  • The church seats 950.
  • A new church was built in 1884 on Quarry road and dedicated to Saint John the Devine.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.
  • This church seats 600.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1621 for baptisms and burials, and from 1702 for marriages.
  • The church was in the No. 1 deanery of Nottingham.
  • The new deanery of Bulwell was created in 1888.
  • The Methodist New Connection had a chapel here by 1869.
  • The Primitive Methodists chapel was built here on Quarry Road in 1867.
  • The Baptist Chapel in Main Street was built in 1875.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1882.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Baptist Church in Coventry Road on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.

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 village and parish are on the River Leen 4 miles north-west of Nottingham city and 133 miles north of London.

This village is now the north-west suburb of Nottingham city. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • The earliest settlements in the parish have been dated back to 800 AD.
  • Bulwell ("Buleuuelle") is mentioned as a village in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • In the 1800s most of the working population were frame-work knitters. Others were bootmakers and limestone burners.
  • The village feast was held on the Sunday after the 5th of November.


Bulwell Hall was built in 1770. It was demolished in 1958.

During World War Two it was a prisoner of war camp for Italian soldiers.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK535455 (Lat/Lon: 53.004152, -1.204195), Bulwell which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1869, the Robin Hood Rifle corps (1st Nottinghamshire Volunteer Rifles) was stationed at Bulwell Hall; major Samuel Thomas COOPER, commanding.
  • Bulwell Hall was a World War II Italian Prisoner of War camp.
  • Bulwell Hall was demolished in 1958.
  • The Traces of War website tells us that there are 158 Commonwealth War Graves for World Wars I and II in the Nottingham Northern Cemetery.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county.
  • This parish was in the north division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • This parish has become part of the conurbation of Nottingham city and was officially made a part of the city and Civil Parish in April, 1899 by the "Nottingham Borough Extension Act".

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • In 1798, George ROBINSON left £50 and the interest was distributed to the parish poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Basford Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 1,585
1841 3,157
1851 3,786
1861 3,660
1871 4,276
1881 8,574
1891 11,481


  • The free school was founded and endowed in 1688 by George STRELLEY. This school was closed in 1881.
  • National Schools with separate rooms for boys and girls were built in 1867, with Samuel Thomas COOPER the primary contributor. It could hold 518 children. It is now known as the C of E primary school.
  • The primary school is Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, tele: (0115) 913 5007.