Nottinghamshire: Local History Resources

Nottinghamshire is a county located in the English region called East Midlands. It’s most famous for Robin Hood, Maid Marion and their tribe of outlaws – who didn’t exist. Luckily, ancient Sherwood Forest is real and home to Major Oak, one of England’s oldest trees.

Nottinghamshire is a landlocked English county which borders:

  • South Yorkshire (to the north-west)
  • Lincolnshire (to the east)
  • Leicestershire (to the south)
  • Derbyshire (to the west)

What Was Nottingham Originally Called?

As hard as it is for modern kids to believe, Nottingham used to be called Snottingham! Today, the city is called Nottingham, while Nottinghamshire is the county which contains the city and many towns and villages in an area of 834 square miles (2,160 square kilometres).

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nottinghamshire

The only city in Nottinghamshire is Nottingham, which became a city in 1897 by charter of Queen Victoria.

In addition, the following towns and villages in the county are home to more than half the local population:

  • Alverton, Annesley, Annesley Woodhouse, Arnold, Askham, Aslockton, Aspley, Attenborough, Averham, Awsworth
  • Babworth, Bagthorpe, Bakersfield, Balderton, Barnby in the Willows, Barnstone, Barton in Fabis, Bassingfield, Bathley, Beauvale Newthorpe, Beckingham, Beeston, Besthorpe, Bestwood Village, Bevercotes, Bilborough, Bilby, Bilsthorpe, Bilsthorpe Moor, Bingham, Bircotes, Bleasby, Blidworth, Blidworth Bottoms, Blyth, Bole, Bolham, Bothamsall, Boughton, Bracebridge, Bradmore, Bramcote, Bramcote Hills, Brinkley, Brinsley, Brough, Broxtowe, Budby, Bulcote, Bulwell, Bunny, Burton Joyce, Butler’s Hill
  • Calverton, Car Colston, Carburton, Carlton, Carlton in Lindrick, Carlton-on-Trent, Carrington, Caunton, Caythorpe, Chilwell, Church Laneham, Church Warsop, Clarborough, Clayworth, Clifton, Clipston, Clipstone, Coates, Coddington, Collingham, Colston Bassett, Colwick, Cossall, Costock, Cotgrave, Cotham, Cottam, Cromwell, Cropwell Bishop, Cropwell Butler, Cuckney, Cuckney Hill
  • Darlton, Dorket Head, Dunkirk, Dunham
  • Eakring, East Bridgford, East Drayton, East Leake, East Markham, East Stoke, Easthorpe, Eastwood, Eaton, Edingley, Edwalton, Edwinstowe, Egmanton, Elkesley, Elston, Elton, Epperstone, Everton
  • Farndon, Farnsfield, Felley, Fenton, Finningley, Fiskerton, Flawborough, Fledborough, Flintham, Forest Town
  • Gamston (Rushcliffe), Gamston (Bassetlaw), Gateford, Gedling, Giltbrook, Girton, Gonalston, Gotham, Goverton, Granby, Grassthorpe, Greasley, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Grove, Gunthorpe
  • Halam, Halloughton, Harby, Hardwick Village, Harlequin, Harworth, Hassop, Haughton, Hawksworth, Hawton, Hayton, Haywood Oaks, Headon, Hickling, High Marnham, Hockerton, Holbeck, Holbeck Woodhouse, Holme, Holme Pierrepont, Hoveringham, Hucknall, Huthwaite, Hyson Green
  • Jacksdale
  • Kelham, Kersall, Keyworth, Kilton, Kilvington, Kimberley, Kingston on Soar, Kinoulton, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Kirkby Woodhouse, Kirklington, Kirton, Knapthorpe, Kneesall, Kneeton
  • Lambley, Laneham, Langar, Langford, Langold, Laxton, Leen Valley, Lenton, Lenton Abbey, Lidgett, Linby, Little Carlton, Little Green, Little Gringley, Littleborough, Lound, Low Marnham, Lowdham
  • Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Manton, Maplebeck, Mapperley, Market Warsop, Markham Moor, Mattersey, Mattersey Thorpe, Meadows, Meden Vale, Milton, Misson, Misterton, Misterton Carr, Moorgreen, Moorhouse, Morton
  • Nether Langwith, Netherfield, New Balderton, New Brinsley, New Ollerton, Newark-on-Trent, Newington, Newstead, Newthorpe, Newton, Normanton, Normanton on Soar, Normanton on Trent, Normanton-on-the-Wolds, North Carlton North Clifton, North Leverton with Habblesthorpe, North Muskham, North Wheatley, Norton, Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse, Nuthall
  • Old Basford, Old Clipstone, Oldcotes, Ollerton, Ompton, Ordsall, Orston, Ossington, Owthorpe, Oxton
  • Papplewick, Perlethorpe, Pleasleyhill, Plumtree
  • Radcliffe on Trent, Radford, Ragnall, Rainworth, Rampton, Ranby, Ranskill, Ratcliffe on Soar, Ravenshead, Redhill, Rempstone, Retford, Rhodesia, Rolleston, Ruddington, Rylands
  • Saundby, Saxondale, Scaftworth, Scarrington, Scofton, Screveton, Scrooby, Selston, Serlby, Shelford, Shelton, Sherwood, Shireoaks, Sibthorpe, Skegby, Sneinton, Sookholme, South Clifton, South Leverton, South Muskham, South Scarle, South Wheatley, Southwell, Spalford, Spion Kop, Stanford on Soar, Stanley, Stanton Hill, Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Stapleford, Staunton in the Vale, Staythorpe, Stoke Bardolph, Stokeham, Strelley, Sturton le Steeple, Styrrup, Sutton Bonington, Sutton-cum-Granby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Sutton on Trent, Sutton cum Lound, Swingate, Syerston
  • Teversal, Thoresby, Thorney, Thoroton, Thorpe, Thrumpton, Thurgarton, Tiln, Tithby, Tollerton, Torworth, Toton, Treswell, Trowell, Tuxford
  • Underwood, Upper Broughton, Upton, Newark and Sherwood, Upton, Retford
  • Walesby, Walkeringham, Wallingwells, Warsop Vale, Watnall, Welham, Wellow, West Bridgford, West Drayton, West Leake, West Markham, West Stockwith, Westhorpe, Weston, Westville, Whaley Thorns, Whatton-in-the-Vale, White Houses, Whitemoor, Wicketwood Hill, Widmerpool, Wigsley, Wigthorpe, Wilford, Willoughby on the Wolds, Winkburn, Winthorpe, Wiseton, Wollaton, Woodbeck, Woodborough, Worksop, Wysall
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Nottinghamshire Local History On Facebook

Facebook groups are a brilliant way to share old photos, videos and memories about an area. The ones we have found about the people and places of Nottinghamshire’s past are;

  • Old photos in nottingham

Local History Resources

We have a separate page showing the extensive UK resources available for local history and family history searches because there are so many. In addition, the following Nottinghamshire societies, organisations and museums hold information about the county’s past people, places and businesses:

  • Arnold Local History Group
  • Awsworth & Cossall Local History Society
  • Worksop Archaeological & Local History Society 
  • Bassetlaw Museum
  • Beeston and District Local History Society  
  • Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre
  • Bleasby Local History Society       
  • Blidworth & District History & Heritage Society  
  • Bramcote History Group  
  • British Horological Institute
  • Burton Joyce & Bulcote Local History Society 
  • Calverton Folk Museum
  • Coddington History Group 
  • Collingham & District Local History Society 
  • Creswell Crags
  • D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
  • Dukes Wood Oil Museum
  • Durban House Heritage Centre
  • East Bridgford Local History Group 
  • East Leake and District Local History Society 
  • Edwalton Local History Society
  • Farnsfield Local History Society
  • Flintham Museum
  • The Flintham Society
  • Framework Knitters Museum
  • Galleries of Justice Museum
  • Gotham and District Local History Society
  • Green’s Windmill and Science Centre
  • Harley Gallery
  • Holme Pierrepont Hall
  • Hucknall Heritage Society
  • Hucknall Local History Group 
  • Jacksdale Area Culture & Heritage 
  • Keyworth and District Local History Society 
  • Lakeside Arts Centre
  • Lambley Historical Society  
  • Laxton History Group  
  • Mansfield Museum
  • Mr Straw’s House
  • Museum of Nottingham 
  • Museum of The Horse
  • National Civil War Centre
  • New Art Exchange
  • Newark Air Museum
  • Newark Castle & Gilstrap Heritage Centre
  • Newark Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery
  • Newstead Abbey Historic House & Gardens
  • North Muskham History Group 
  • Norwell Parish Heritage Group 
  • Nottingham Castle Museum
  • Nottingham Civic Society 
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Nottingham Industrial Museum
  • Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre
  • Nottingham Women’s History Group 
  • Nottinghamshire Family History Society 
  • Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage
  • Old Mansfield Society 
  • Papplewick Pumping Station
  • Papplewick Pumping Station Trust 
  • Pentagon Society 
  • Priories Historical Society 
  • Ruddington Local History & Amenity Society
  • Ruddington Village Museum
  • Sherwood Archaeological Society 
  • Shireoaks & District Local History Group   
  • Southwell and District Local History Society 
  • Thoroton Society 
  • Friends of Thynghowe
  • Tuxford Heritage Society
  • Tuxford Windmill
  • Warsop Vale Local History Society  
  • West Bridgford & District Local History Society 
  • William Booth Birthplace Museum
  • Wollaton Hall & Deer Park
  • Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society 
  • Wollaton Village Dovecote Museum
  • Woodborough Local History Group
  • Woodsetts Local History Society 
  • The Workhouse

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