Wollaton , November 16th 1588
Rode over to Wollaton to see Mr Willoughby`s new mansion said “to have been built by exchanging stone for coal”. The Architect was Robert Smythson and Humphrey Repton designed the gardens.
Wollaton Hall was started in 1580 and finished by 1588, the year of the Spanish Armarda, at a total cost of £8,000. Built with Ancaster stone, from Lincolnshire, with splendid gardens and orchards.
The wealth of the Willoughby family was gained through the mining of coal, in Wollaton, Strelley and Bilborough and also some in Measham in Leicestershire.
In the pursuance of building Wollaton Hall and and making its deer park, 790 acres, Fransis Willoughby levelled the small hamlet of Sutton Passey. The site of Sutton Passey is belived to have been on the junction of Wollaton Road and Radford Bridge Road.
The village square of Wollaton with its public house and sheltered water pump is half a mile down hill from Wollaton Hall, just beyond the boundry of the deer park.
In the sale of the Willoughby land on 24th March 1923, this old Public house, (Admiral Rodney) was brought by Home Brewery Ltd for £5000.00. It is still standing today and without many alterations.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.