"Nuthall Parish includes the township and chapelry of Awsworth, and contains 685 inhabitants, and 1,200 acres of land. Nuthall is a small rural village on the Alfreton Road, 4½ miles north west by north of Nottingham. Robert Holden Esq. is lord of the manor, and principal owner of the land, but Wm. Faulconbridge and a few others have estates here. Nuthall Temple is the elegant seat of Thos. Nixon Esq., situated in an extensive park, with beautiful gardens, and a fine verdant lawn. The house is square, with two very low wings, and a handsome portico in front, approached by a light balustraded range of steps. The roof rises rapidly to a large and lofty dome in the centre, which hides all the chimneys, and is surrounded with an airy balustrade, commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. The dome within displays a profusion of ornamental plaster work, and has a light gallery, supported by the pillars of the magnificent hall, which lighted from the dome, and is of an octagon figure, 36 feet in diameter, decorated with the richest exhibitions of plastic art."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Nuthall Village Reading Room was opened in 1876 by Rev. Robert HORTON. This building is on the B600 Arterial Road just west of the M1 motorway. It is now the County Battery Services office. Neil Robinson has a photograph of the Reading Room on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.

You will find the Nottingham City Library very useful for your research. There is also the Aspley Library on Nuthall Road in Nottingham, which opened in 1937.



  • The Nuthall Cemetery, set aside in the 1830s, is at the end of Back Lane (now New Farm Lane) just north of the village.
  • The Cemetery is administered by the local Parish Council.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Cemetery entrance on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010 .
  • The council published a Plot Map as a Portable Document File to help you find your relatives.


  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 860
1851 H.O. 107 / 2127
1861 R.G. 9 / 2442
1871 R.G. 10 / 3491
1881 R.G. 11 / 3335
1891 R.G. 12 / 2675

Church History

  • There was an older, wooden Saxon church here at the time of the Conquest.
  • The old Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Patrick.
  • This church is considered an ancient building but no date of construction is reported. Best indications are that it was around 1200.
  • A good church history exists at Southwell Churches website.
  • Around 1390, the church nave was rebuilt.
  • The church was considerably repaired in 1838 and again in 1859.
  • The organ was installed in 1871.
  • The church was restored in 1881.
  • The church was thoroughly restored (again!) in 1884 and reseated.
  • The churchyard was closed to new burials in the 1930s.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • A small cemetery came into use in 1935, although the churchyard never closed.
  • The church seats 2001.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of St Patrick's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
  • Stephen McKAY also has a photograph of St Patrick's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.

Church Records

  • The oldest Anglican parish register dates from 1657.
  • The Family History Library has the Bishop's Transcripts on microfilm covering 1602 thru 1873.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Mansfield.
  • The Methodists had a chapel here (date unknown) that was rebuilt in 2002.
  • Oxymoron has a photograph of the new Nuthall Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • J. THOMAS also has a photograph of the Nuthall Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and small parish lie 135 miles north of London and about 4.5 miles north-west of Nottingham. The parish covered about 1,644 acres in 1881, but is much smaller now. The parish included the hamlet of Cinder Hills about one mile south-east of the village and the hamlet of Shilo near Awsworth. Nuthall has in recent decades become a pleasant little part of the Nottingham city conurbation.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • The village lies on the Alfreton Road just north-west of Nottingham.
  • New Nuthall is largely detached 1960s/1970s houses situated on the Cedarlands/Horsendale estate. New Nuthall also includes the suburban housing estate known as Mornington/Assarts Farm.
You can see pictures of Nuthall which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • David LALLY has a photograph of the Three Ponds Pub. on Geo-graph, just off the junction of Kimberley, Watnall and Nottingham Roads, taken in August, 2010.


  • Nuthall Temple was an Italian style mansion situated in a park with a small lake.
  • Nuthall Temple was the seat of the Rev. Alexander Atkinson HOLDEN, lord of the manor in 1881.
  • In 1927 the "Temple" with its 600 acres was sold and it was later demolished.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK515444 (Lat/Lon: 52.994461, -1.234171), Nuthall which are provided by:


Military History

There is a plaque on the south wall of the parish church's nave, beneath the War Memorial window.

The church also has a Book of Remembrance located on the south wall of the nave next to the pulpit. It has 66 names of all who served in World War One from Nuthall.


Military Records

For a photograph of the Nuthall War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Southwell Churches History Project site. Here are the names on the Church War Memorial plaque:

  1. Cyril John Beardsmore
  2. Victor William Beardsmore
  3. John Booth
  4. Thomas Hollis Hall
  5. Charles Hurt
  6. Arthur Langley
  7. George Priestley
  8. Harry Priestley
  9. Ernest Roberts
  10. Walter Roberts
  11. Albert Walters

There are only two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Patrick's churchyard. Both are from World War I:

  1. Cyril John BEARDSMORE, priv., Army Service Corps, age 22, died 5 Feb. 1915. Son of Francis and Annie BEARDSMORE, Nuthall.
  2. Arthur LANGLEY, bombadier, Royal Field Artillery, age 26, died 23 Oct. 1918.

Captain Ronald Thomas SHEPHERD, of Highfield Road, Nuthall was awarded the OBE for his WW2 services as chief test pilot for Rolls-Royce. He also made the first free flight of the Rolls-Royce Thrust Measuring Rig, nicknamed the "Flying Bedstead" at Hucknall Aerodrome. He died a few months later, 1 March 1955 and is buried in the New Farm Lane cemetery Nuthall, in the only grave which faces north - towards Hucknall airfield.


Names, Geographical

In the 1086 Domesday Book, the name is given as Nutehale. It is from the Old English "hnutu + halh" or "nook of land where nut trees grow".


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 southern division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake in the northern division of the county.
  • On 9 October, 1877, this Civil Parish gave up the two areas of Giltbrook and Gilthill to Greasley Civil Parish in return for Hempshill and other parcels granted to them by Greasley Civil Parish.
  • On 31 December, 1894, Awsworth was split off from this Civil Parish as a separate Civil Parish. You will note a large population drop from this action.
  • You can contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are not staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Broxtowe Borough Council.

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 378
1831 509
1841 375
1851 685
1861 842
1871 960
1881 1,466
1891 1,865
1901 592
1911 682
1921 713
1931 890


  • A National School (Church of England day school) for both sexes was built here in 1846. This school was demolished in 1936.
  • Horsendale Primary School has its own website, but no history.
  • Mornington Primary School is on Mornington Crescent in Nuthall.