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.
A romantic setting the lady taking her children a strole through the church yard of St Wilfred’s.
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”.
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.
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.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.