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Woodborough’s Heritage

Listed Buildings & Brick making in Woodborough

Listed Buildings in Woodborough number 28; most are listed or classed as “of local interest”. These include an ancient earth works, two Grade II* and fourteen Grade II buildings, the remaining buildings on the list are categorised as of ‘Local Interest’. Also included in the list of 28 are water pumps and a decommissioned K6 telephone kiosk.

Gedling Borough Council’s schedule of buildings has not been updated for many years. It includes properties throughout the village; most of which are on the north side of Main Street with a few on the south side. Those on the south side would include 2 of the remaining 3 Halls, the church on the corner of Main Street and Lingwood Lane, and on Lingwood Lane, the old school and the old vicarage.

Whilst there may not be universal agreement to policies drawn up 50 years or so ago, policies, which would include the village conservation area, they do at least offer some protection to overzealous development within heritage sensitive locations. Most people would regard buildings of architectural or historic interest as assets to any community.

Around the 1960’s a number of the older cottages were in such poor condition that several were demolished, to name two, the row of frame knitters cottages on Roe Hill and the Bugle Horn pub on Main Street. Others were renovated. In the 1960’s, 70,s and 80’s three small to medium sized housing developments were built on former agricultural land. They sit hand in glove with cottages built in the period of Woodborough’s earlier housing expansion which was throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.

There are two reasons for the earlier expansion, the frame knitting cottage industry from the 16th century which by the late 1800’s would be in decline, then an expanding population turning to crop growing in the form of allotments, market gardening and farming.

Brick and tile making in Woodborough was possible because of the readily available supply of local clay. Throughout the 1800’s bricks were made at a brickyard on Bank Hill and another in Calverton. There may be a third in the form of a property known as ‘Kilncroft’ which was shown to be situated on Woodborough Lane opposite Podders and is recorded as such on the 1883 os map. It should be remembered that the only form of transportation for bricks would have been by horse drawn carts; so long distance transport would not have been possible.

Our two improved articles, one on Listed Buildings and the other about brick making, both have updated maps and photographs and can be found by checking on the “What’s New” tab


December 1990 Snow Storm

On 7th December 1990 there was a very heavy snow fall during a storm that hit many localities including Woodborough; we are preparing an entry for our website about this storm.

We would very much like to borrow a photo or two taken of the village, on or shortly after, of Main Street being affected by the depth of snow that fell.

If anyone has any memories of this even we would like also to hear about them.

Please contact John Hoyland 9652626 or email

Calverton Plough Play Mummers

The Calverton Plough Play Mummers raised more than £1,300 for local NSPCC causes visiting some of their favourite hostelries again in January and performing the ancient Calverton Plough Play. 

The play symbolises the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, with characters such as Dame Jane, Bold Tom, The Quack Doctor and Beelzebub, to name a few! This was year number 41 for the play’s outing.

Thank you to all of their lovely supporters who turned out to watch the hilarious antics of the Plough Boys and of course, to the local landlords for hosting.   It all helps contribute to this record breaking amount raised. Well done everyone who was involved!

Woodborough Local History Group

Our February meeting is on Thursday 21st February, starting at 7.30 pm in the Institute on Roe Hill. Our speaker is Lily Ann Dawes and her talk is entitled “The Duchess of Curiosities”.

Our meetings are open to anyone who enjoys an intriguing talk about a Nottinghamshire Lady whose legacy lives on today!

There is a small entrance charge and there will be refreshments after the talk.

Lambley Historical Society

2019 Programme

28th Jan AGM & Social evening

25th Feb Pete Smith – Newstead Abbey

25th Mar James Wright – English Mediaeval Castles & Great Houses

29th April Professor John Beckett – Jesse Boot and the History of Highfields

21st May Visit to the Lace, Costume and Textile Collection at Newstead Abbey

30th June Visit to Newark Air Museum

14th July Guided tour of University Park

23rd Sep Mark Dawson – Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Nottinghamshire

28th Oct Steve Foottit – Accountancy and Navigation in medieval times

25th Nov Ann Featherstone – The Victorian Pantomime

For more information contact Kay on 0115 9313646 or John on 0115 9313066 or visit our website