Strelley, September 15th 1830
Thomas and I with my future wife Mary (Bostock) were walking through the local villages this lovely Autumn day. We started at home in Trowell and had a leisurly walk to Cossall then on to the northern end of the large Strelley Estate where Thomas (Woodward) used to live. As we passed Strelley park farm, we find Samual Richards and his family. It has been said by two local people that Strelley park farm supplied milk to Nuthall Temple to clean the white marble! Also living in old cottages that are ajacent to the farm was Samual Kirk, John Severn and Thomas Ellis. These people usually worked on the farm as labourers. These cottages you can see on the map date to 1830. Shown is a row of cottages or some sort of dwellings not far from the farmhouse. A woman called Grace Soar lived here. She was probably the aunt of Samual Richards. Was she a spinster or the widow of Edward Soar?
According to an ex collier from Ilkeston which is not far away and well within walking distance, this old collier has worked in all the local pits. He said that “Ilkeston, Strelley are Cossall were all part of the same linked complex”.
Early mining in the Strelley and Babbington areas were done by Barber / Walker, who used to own Robbinetts Farm, but by 1807 their leases had ran out. By 1830 a new company called Wakefield & Company owned by Thomas North, owned the mine aadjacentto Park Farm. It was called Strelley pit. They were also prominent in Babbington and Cinderhill. These are all places where most of the menfolk worked.
Travelling on meeting parishioners between Spring Wood and Oak Wood we meet Job Severn, the farmer of Turkey Field farm. This used to have a pit next to it called Turkey pit. Stephen Blighton (Oldmoor farm) next to Oak Wood, and near to Oldmoor there is John Hopkin.
Now walking towards Kimberley we are now on the north east side of Spring Wood, said to be an old part of Sherwood Forest, when it stretched and covered most of Nottinghamshire. On the east side of Spring Wood we find John Martin, Mrs White and Matthew Watkinson. As we continue down the east side of Spring Wood there are more dwellings occupied by Isaac Day, Thomas Pearson, Robert Widdowson, Charles Watkinson and Joseph Chambers.
As we are passing the Estate Farm called Home Close Farm we meet Mark Audinwood who farms this land for the Squire. Next is Quarry House which is the estate managers house.
Traveling further down the road we meet more residents. There are several to meet, all living in separate cottages. John Raynor living in Raynor Close, Nicolas Raynor, Thomas Taylor (who was the miller), James Oakes (farmer) and James Passey.
In Strelley Hall we find the Squire Thomas Webb Edge and his family. Across the road in the Parsonage (Rectory Farm) the son of the Squire, the Rev John Webb Edge and family. We walk on to meet William Atkinson, Mary Stevenson, Richard Roulston, William Blunstone (farmer), John Webster, William Lacey, John Woodhouse (farmer).
William Dodsley (curate at the church), Martin Kirk, Mary Charlton, William Faulconbridge (who went on to be the postmaster of the village), William Stevens, Vincent or Violet Kird, William Oldershaw, (landlord of Broard Oak also farmer), Thomas Harriman, Ruth Raynor, Robert Kirk, Samual Stevenson and Ann Stevenson. Last but not least we meet John Sisson and brother Samual Sisson. As we look through the surnames there are three that have been in the parish for many years, i.e: Raynor, Stevenson and Kirk. The name Raynor (Reyner) seems to have been the longest recorded name in the village. The first mention of the name being in the parish registers in the 16th century.
On leaving Strelley to return home we took the Old Coach Road to Wollaton by Catstone Hill Farm. We pass the place where they used to dig the sand stone, then taking the old Trowell turnpike back to Trowell, we pass the church of St. Helen and Church Farm to home.
Over the span of 400 years in Strelley village it has not altered. Rules laid down by the Edge family had to be adhered to. In recent years there has been a agreement issued by Broxtowe Borough Council that keeps the building and altering it down to a bare minimum.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.