Nuthall - Conservation Area Plus
w/e 07 June 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Nuthall Village straddles one of the main roads into Nottingham and has almost been swallowed up by the urban sprawl of the city. The centre of the old part of the village though is a Conservation Area and most of the images below with a couple of exceptions were taken within that perimeter or just outside.

War Memorial

Dog WalkersBasil Russell Recreation GroundWe began this short walk in Nuthall at the Basil Russell Recreation Ground (right) on a fine sunny morning and found it being well used by a host of dog walkers (left). In a corner of the recreation ground is Nuthall's small but simple and tasteful War Memorial that bears the names of twenty five villagers who made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the two World Wars.
Recreation Ground

The beautifully maintained ground contains a football and cricket pitch in its centre surrounded by a bowling green, tennis courts, children's play area and skate park as well as adult exercise equipment but after a walk round, we left down a sloping path onto Watnall Road.
Three Ponds

Watnall Road joins the main road through the village (Nottingham Road to the east and Kimberley Road to the west) at a T-junction where a pub faces down Watnall Road. Depressions caused by quarrying for local stone in the eighteenth century were filled naturally by the Nuthall stream which created three ponds, only one of which remains but the term Three Ponds is still remembered in the name of the pub.
Old Rectory

An information panel next to the pub points out several places of interest within the Conservation Area, one of which directly opposite is the Old Rectory which was built in 1761.
St Patrick's Church

Next to the Old Rectory is St Patrick's Church. The tower dates from the thirteenth century but like many churches of this age it underwent some major restoration work during the nineteenth. Now it is a Grade II listed building and together with Holy Trinity forms the Church of England Parish of Kimberley and Nuthall.

The Old Rectory stands on the corner of Kimberley Road and Watnall Road and St Patrick's is on Kimberley Road but in the opposite direction a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century cottages stand on the northern side of Nottingham Road. These which stretch as far as the M1 motorway bridge (just out of shot) which bisects the village and marks the end of the Conservation Area, formed in 1884, some of the 97 houses in Nuthall that housed a population of 404.

We headed off under the motorway bridge but before we see what is there, here is what is described as a gatepier at the car park entrance to the Three Ponds. Quoting from the information board seen earlier "The original Manor House dating from 1755 was converted to a farm and stables and renamed Home Farm by Sir Charles Sedley. Sir Charles commissioned the building of Nuthall Temple which was designed as a Palladian villa and completed in 1757. All that remains of the Temple today are the Gothic Summerhouse (on private land) and the Gatepier...." The Temple became derelict, was demolished in 1929 but both the Summerhouse and the Gatepier are now listed structures.
Temple Centre

The original site of the Temple is a little way out of the Conservation Area beyond the motorway and the new building that was constructed on it as a community centre pays homage to the former building by being named the Temple Centre.
Methodist Church

Access to the Temple Centre off Nottingham Road is via a joint drive which also leads to Nuthall Methodist Church. The church has a number of groups for young people including Boys' and Girls' Brigades and also runs a Youth Group that goes by the name of Templars.
Nottingham Road

Nottingham RoadMotorway BridgeWe returned along Nottingham Road (left) under the motorway bridge (right) to the Conservation Area and the row of old cottages. At the end of the row the single storey building now occupied by County Batteries was the former village reading room which was opened by Reverend Robert Holden in 1876.

I include the above image though mainly for sentimental reasons. It was from one of the cottages next to the reading room that we obtained a pet kitten well over fifty years ago. His dad was a ginger tom cat but our Suki was long haired and pure white. For those old enough to remember he resembled the Kosset cat of the TV adverts.

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