1086, April, 26th: A Glimpse Inside St Wilfred’s

Wilford, September 10th 1086

Entry in the Doomsday Book William Peverels Lands
In Wilford, jurisdiction, 3 c, of land taxable, land for 6 ploughs, 23 freemen have 7 ploughs, A priest: meadow, 18 acres; half a fishery.


Saint Wilfred’s Church- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Saint Wilfred’s church is of medieval structure with a low tower, a fine chancel which was built in the fifteenth century, the porch and nave were of the fourteenth century with the chancel arch. There are old stairs that climb to the loft and roof, a beautiful chancel screen and screen of the tower. Stained glass windows one with twelve minstrel angels and a vivid window with the wise men. The latter was designed in memory of Henry Kirke White.


Looking through the nave- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Looking around the church yard we find a railed tomb which is the tomb of John Deane (Captain). He was born in the village and his occupation was a butchers boy. He ended up as British Consul, he spent the last years of his life living in the village where he built two houses which still survive today.


Interior of the church and the font- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

In 1870 the Wilford which Henry Kirke-White would have known changed forever when the meadows and woodlands on the opposite river bank were industrialised by the Clifton Colliery. The area was well known for its cherry orchards and a regular cherry eating competition used to be held.


Saint Wilfords Vicarage- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

In 1846 the poet Spencer Hall wrote ‘Who ever saw Wilford without wishing to become an inmate of one of its peaceful woodbined homes.’

In verse he wrote of Wilford,Wilford! Whichever way to thee
We come from thy surrounding plains;
Wether by Clifton’s wood-walks dim
Or Bridgefords gipsy-haunted lanes,
Or From yon spired and castled town
Over Meadows where flowers in matraids blow,
Thy scenes so beatify the rest,
That all, although thee, most lovely grow


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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