Place:Strelley, Nottinghamshire, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.975°N 1.249°W
Located inNottinghamshire, England
See alsoBroxtowe Wapentake, Nottinghamshire, Englandwapentake in which the place was located
Basford Rural, Nottinghamshire, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Broxtowe District, Nottinghamshire, Englanddistrict covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Strelley is the name of a village and civil parish to the west of Nottingham. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 UK census was 653. The village lies within the Broxtowe District or Borough, while a modern housing estate of the same name is in the City of Nottingham. The village is separated from the housing estate by the A6002 road.

The village of Strelley was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.

The village has quite a secluded atmosphere as it is not on a through road for traffic, although bridleways ran from the village to Cossall to the west, and to Kimberley to the north.

Strelley is notable for being the upper terminus of one of the earliest recorded railway lines in the world, the Wollaton Waggonway which ran to Wollaton. Horse-drawn coal wagons travelled to their destination on wooden railway lines. This type of railway is known as a "wagonway" and it was completed during 1604. It was built by Huntingdon Beaumont working in partnership with the second occupier of Wollaton Hall, Sir Percival Willoughby. Coal mining was a significant industry in Strelley during Elizabethan and Stuart times. Notable families involved in the early mining of Strelley included the Strelleys and the Byrons; it was an ancestor of Lord Byron who sub-leased the pits to Huntingdon Beaumont.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Strelley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"STRELLEY, a parish in Basford [registration] district, Notts; 2 miles E of Ilkeston [railway] station. Post town: Nottingham. Acres: 1,050. Real property: £1,762. Population: 253. Houses: 48. The manor, with [Strelley] Hall, belongs to J. T. Edge, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value: £90. Patron: J. T. Edge, Esq. The church was restored in 1855."
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