Updated September 2019
Restoration of the Walled Garden at Wollaton Park
Wholeheartedly supported by WHaCS, financially and volunteers from our membership, the ladies of Wollaton WI have voted for this important project as their Charity of the Year. More up to date information will be added to this page shortly.
Family History Group.
Research using information in census records, data and documents available at Nottinghamshire Archives, and other local historical records, there are names of families living in Wollaton in the 1800s whose families still live in the area. It is hoped that the Family History Group team can connect those families, their homes, and family history to form an important record of village life. Currently members of the team are each researching either one or two families and results so far can be seen in folders at the Dovecote. But there are gaps! Maybe you remember these families and can help fill in some information.
Weddings at St Leonard's Church.
If you were married at St Leonard's Church and could let us borrow a photograph, this can be scanned, returned and a copy featured in the album. These photographs are very popular indeed with visitors to the Dovecote Museum. Please contact the Secretary via the Feedback page or see Marilyn Nurse at one of our meetings.
So if you, any of your family or friends and neighbours were married at St Leonard's please let us include the event in our album. Every wedding is part of history so our album is an important record of Wollaton history.
Russel School photo album. Did you attend The Russel School? Can you remember the names of your classmates and teachers? If so, please contact the Secretary via the Feedback page. Sue Smith is updating the albums and is constantly receiving extra information. There will be extra information included in 2017 at the Dovecote Museum
Researching Wollaton's Cottages.
Please see the Moss Cottage for a full report - just click on the title in the left hand drop down menu.
It was originally thought that there was only one remaining stone-built cottage in Wollaton (opposite St Leonard's Church), but research reveals that stone was used in the construction of other cottages too and a similar style of door and window frames was used. The project continues, with Moss Cottage featured in a page on this website. Please see the drop-down menu on the left hand side PROJECTS - MOSS COTTAGE for the fascinating details. Research was undertaken by Andrew Hamilton.
Wollaton Remembers its Fallen 1914-18. Valuable information is still being researched. Are any of these names familiar? We still need information on these men: JOHN BARKER who was killed in action, G. FORMAN, G. HARWOOD, W. HOLMES, G. KNIGHT, J. LYNES and CHARLES PENNOCK.
Restoring Wollaton Park walled garden. This project is being managed by Nottingham City Council along with Friends of Wollaton Park and the support of Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society. Much progress has already taken place with volunteers cleaning bricks, clearing invasive ivy from the walls. Specialist contractors have used the salvaged bricks to repair a section of wall, and re-point as necessary. More detail will be added shortly.
Derelict Canal Lock off Lambourne Drive. We need your help! In much need of regular maintenance to ensure this unique site is not lost to overgrown weeds, this land is owned by Nottingham City Council. Clearing will be hard work, needing a team of fit and healthy volunteers, and maintaining the upkeep means this will be an ongoing project. The derelict canal lock is an important part of Wollaton heritage and the history of the canal. If you are interested in helping us to preserve this site and are willing to help cut back the weeds, brambles etc, please contact us via the Feedback link.
If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these exciting projects or have others you would like to start yourself and need help with, please contact us via the feedback link.
18 July 2011Wollaton local history group renamed
The Wollaton Village & Park Conservation Society was formed in 1968 in the face of threatened "redevelopment" of the historic village square - which happily was averted.
Over the years the Society has many achievements to celebrate - the restoration of the 16th century dovecote is just one.
Researching local history has become an important part of the Society's work, and in 2011 we've changed our name to reflect this. Now we're the "Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society".
A series of talks and presentations are being held on the 4th Wednesday of every on the October 2011 to April 2012 (not December). Please see the CALENDAR for full details.
Wednesday 26th October "St Leonard's Church, Wollaton".
This talk will take place in St Leonard's church itself when Malcolm Stacey, a well known local historian and expert on the history of the church, will tell us about the original building of St Leonard's, recent renovation work, on-going conservation and plans for the future.
COMING SOON: Wednesday 23rd November. "The Poor Law & The Southwell Workhouse". Derek Wileman tells us about the true stories of the 19th century poor.