The Village

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A pretty village, with village pump, pub, church and library.  The little stores that used to be where the nursery are gave way to the bigger co-op some years ago.

The church has links with Wollaton Hall and the Willoughby’s and it’s history goes back to the 12th Century long before Wollaton Hall, it still has a community and regular services

The original Chantry was for the Morteyns and then the Willoughby’s and was dedicated to St Anthony- it’s still in the village opposite the church.

http://www.stleonardswollaton.org.uk/history.html

The bbc have a walk that’s on the internet

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2008/05/20/wollaton_walk_feature.shtml

The walk is road based, and on the way you can find the Cricket Ground, Bowling Green, the Tennis Club; see where the Wollaton Colliery was at the top of Torville Drive (known then as the Prommenade), to halve this walk and see some greenery:- find Martins Pond by going to the end of Torville Drive and walking through Raleigh Pond wildlife spot and Harrisons Plantation…this would shortcut the pretty innocuous canal and cottages (although you would also miss the Crown Pub) part of the walk and bring you back to Russell Avenue where it’s a short walk back to the village. There is obviously a walk the other way round…and back to the Park maybe…

See info on the wildlife spaces that are on the walk on ‘other parks nearby’ page and check Notts Wildlife and the RSPB for wildlife and birds on the walk on the nature pages on this blog, theres wild flower and insect info too…Fish and Fishing soon.

There’s all kinds of interesting things to discover, why the hill by the church is there: has the river Leen or Tottle (or Lind) been diverted around the parkland and is it a river dumble. There’s Martins Ponds, the Park Lake, the culverted rivers and the university lake all collecting and draining water.

Has the village land been raised, the cellar to the Rodney pub is very deep. Is Bramcote Lane (which seems to be raised) the old wagonway? The first kind of railway. Are there remains of any buried village or manor house in the parkland? Is the Church the original manor house?

The houses are in clusters and the village pump has never worked, but with the Wollaton Canal flight of 17 locks; is the more ‘modern’ village designed on chinese or any other model? The old road into the village seems to run at the side of the pub. The barn to the pub is old. Initially the village was,a Grange for Lenton Priory, there must have been many changes in the reformation years and Mary I and Elizabeth I reign with the changes of religion, for example the church would have been Catholic to begin with. Is it called St Leonards (patron saint of prisoners) because Henry viii sacked the Lenton Priory and had the Prior one Nicholas Heath and his monks beheaded?

We like peace in our time, but the world wars left their mark on the people and the park the Americans were billeted there and some Italien prisoners.

There are books in the Hall bookshop.

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