Place:Colwick, Nottinghamshire, England


Located inNottinghamshire, England
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Colwick is a suburb in the east of Greater Nottingham in England. It forms part of the Nottinghamshire borough of Gedling, although Colwick Country Park is actually within the city boundary. It lies between the River Trent and the railway line, with nearby places being Netherfield (to the east), Bakersfield (to the north-west), and Carlton (to the north). Colwick has a population of about 2,000. There is one church — AnglicanSt. John the Baptist and a school - also St. John the Baptist.

The etymology of the place-name is from Old English wic "specialised industrial farm" with an uncertain first element, possibly col "coal", though there have never been coal mines in the area.

The village is recorded in the Domesday book, since when the De-Colwick, Musters and Byron families have all owned the village.

Colwick has been home to many notable firms such as William Lawrence & Co. Ltd, Sands and Spray & Burgess and was the site for the gruesome murder at 'Saville's Spinney' involving William Saville who murdered his wife and three children in the woods, where they were found three days later. The crowd for his hanging numbered thousands and 17 were killed in the crush as they were leaving.

Colwick was notable as the birthplace of Colwick cheese, a soft and creamy curd cheese, allegedly invented in the village in the 17th century. By the 18th century, it was already being made at a number of other locations, persisting in manufacture until the late 20th century.

Between 1870 and 1970 Colwick was the site of a huge railway marshalling yard and motive power depot.

Colwick has won the right to be recognised as a village again. It follows a campaign by members of Colwick Parish Council, who believe village status will be a boost for the community. Highways officials have granted permission for the area to call itself "Colwick village", similar to Bestwood village, Gedling village, and other spots in Notts.

Colwick Park is a 50 hectare (125 acres) designated Local Nature Reserve on the edge of the village.

The episode of The Upper Hand in which Caroline and Charlie are married was filmed at the derelict church adjacent to Colwick Hall.

Colwick is a primarily an industrial region; the Colwick Loop Road runs through the area.

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