A Look around Wollaton in the Early 1900s

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.


Woodyard Lane- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Quarry Road- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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.


Lime Tree Road- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

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. 


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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