1588, November, 16th: A ride to see Master Willoughby’s New Mansion

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 1590- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Wollaton Hall 1970- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Wollaton Lodge Gates- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Admiral Rodney 1925- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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. 

About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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