1935, July, 12th: St Wilfred’s Church and a Walk Around the Parish

Wilford, July 26th 1935

Many poets and artists used to come to this village for its clean pastoral scenery, the lovely low cottages with brier, ivy and all sorts of climbing plants on the walls. One of these writers was DH Lawrence from the parish of Eastwood.


Local Artist impression- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

A romantic setting the lady taking her children a strole through the church yard of St Wilfred’s.


The Ferryboat Inn- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The Original ferry was 400 years old, when the poet Sutton wrote about the new bridge which replaced the original ferry. He wrote, “an ‘upstart’ toll bridge opened in Wilford today ending 400 hundred years of ferry crossing across the Trent at Wilford”.


Delivering milk around the village- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

Wilford attracted many visitors and walkers before the growth of Nottingham began to whittle away at the picturesque village and its woodlands. One such visitor was the poet Henry Sutton who wrote a poem about the Wilford ferry.


Fishing on the Trent at Wilford- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

The above scene seems to be the same up and down the river bank at one time. This area was where there used to be the outflow from the old power station which was demolished in the 1980s.


North Wilford Power Station, Colliery Road, Wilford, Nottingham, c 1940- Photo Credit: Picture the Past.



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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