Sawley - Conservation Area Plus
w/e 04 October 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

 At the time of the Domesday Book, Sawley was the most important village in the area and was situated at a strategic crossing on the northern side of the River Trent. By the early nineteenth century agriculture was the most important means of occupation but then lace working and stocking weaving took over and the adjacent Long Eaton began to expand at the expense of Sawley. In 1982 however, the village centre of Sawley was designated a Conservation Area and it now includes several listed buildings, some of which are shown below. Eight of the ten images are also within the Conservation Area.

All Saints' Church

Seen here from the banks of the River Trent is the oldest surviving building in the village, All Saints' Church. This dates from the thirteenth century, has Saxon and Norman remains, mediaeval stalls and monuments to the de Bothe (apparently pronounced Booth) family. To the east (right) of the church, aerial photography discovered an earthwork that is thought to be the remains of a small Roman fort although it is not the usual size and shape. Three fragments of Roman pottery were found in trial excavations.
The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory which stands adjacent to the church is one of the listed buildings in the Conservation Area.
Harrington Bridge

Central SpanAlso Grade II listed are two sections of the Harrington Bridge which crosses the river. The stonework dates from 1790 when the bridge designed by Thomas Harrison of Lancaster replaced the ferry across the river. Originally a toll bridge with toll houses each end, it became free to use in 1882. Flood water caused damage in 1904 and the central section had to be replaced in 1905/6. It is only the central part of the bridge (right) that is not a listed building. The bridge is named after the Lords of the Manor who were the Earls of Harrington. In 1779, this was Charles Stanhope, the 3rd Earl.
The Harrington Arms

The Earls also give their name to The Harrington Arms, a coaching inn on the northern approach to the bridge. Mail coach services were introduced after the development of turnpike roads.
Bothe Hall

Coming from the south the road turns towards the north east and Long Eaton after crossing the river and on the corner is another of those listed buildings. Standing in its own grounds this is the former home of the de Bothe family and naturally enough is still known as Bothe Hall. Also on the corner an alley called Wilne Avenue leads through to Wilne Lane near another listed building, the Baptist Chapel.
The White Lion

Just around the corner and opposite the drive to the church is another pub. This is The White Lion and is the middle one of three in close proximity along with The Harrington Arms that were established to cater for the traffic travelling between Nottingham and Birmingham. Another alley, Church Avenue, again leads through to Wilne Lane.
The Nag's Head

The third in the trio of pubs is The Nag's Head that stands on the corner of Wilne Lane.
The Railway Inn

And turning into Wilne Lane leads to yet another pub. This is The Railway Inn and this began life as a cottage but developed into the inn to cater for railway travellers and served the nearby Sawley Station. This is not included in the Conservation Area.
Dr Clifford's Birthplace

Neither are the two semi-detached houses opposite The Railway Inn in the Conservation Area although the one on the left has a plaque over the door indicating the birthplace of Rev. John Clifford, D.D. in 1836. Dr. Clifford rose from being an apprentice as a child in a large factory to study at university and later was a great influence on several pieces of legislation relating to education. He was also prominent in the Baptist Christian Community. Church Avenue emerges from Tamworth Road to the right of the house on the right.
(Read more about Dr Clifford at
Baptist Chapel

It's a little further along Wilne Lane that the other alley, Wilne Avenue reaches Wilne Lane having passed behind the Baptist Chapel. The chapel itself built in 1800 and enlarged forty five years later does fall within the Conservation Area even though Wilne Lane does not. It is also the last of the six listed buildings in the area, the others being the All Saints' Church and the Old Rectory, the two section of Harrington Bridge, and Bothe Hall.

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