Woodyard Lane one of the secluded wooded lanes that use to link parts of Wollaton, Bilborough and Aspley Hall. This was the way the old colliers used to walk to get to work. Through Woodyard Lane it goes on to join Colliers Way which goes over the railway and canal bridges on to Aspley Hall. It then passes through Robinswood and by its pits. Down Woodyard Lane you would have found a big house this was the home of Miss Sheila Russel, one of the daughters of the Vicar of St Leonards.
Old Coach Road is next to another very popular track that use to be used by the Willoughby family. The family used it in the early days visiting the local gentry. They also used the Road to get to one of their largest farmsteads called Old Park Farm. Old Coach Road was also used by the miners working in Bilborough woods.
The old pub in the above photo stands on the same spot as The Kings Head. At The Kings Head in the early 1800s was held the courts of William Peveril. This was where the magistrate would here claims of any injustice that had been done or any theft that had occurred.
This Avenue is a wonder to walk down in spring as the smells of limes are in the air. The trees stand like a guard of honour down both sides greeting all the visitors from far and wide.
Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website.