Historical and Preservation Society



There was a really good attendance for the last Pres event of 2017 which outlined some of the history of the area around Calverton, with Chris P commenting on the slides shown by Malcolm H. The talk began with prehistoric burial barrows, only a few miles away from the village, dating back more than 5000 years ago, before even Stonehenge was built! Various local Iron Age sites were mentioned including the recovery of a gold coin from the period. Similarly a couple of coin hoards from the Roman period were uncovered about 60 years ago, one when the Manor Park School Hall was built and the other when the foundations for the Vicarage on Crookdole Lane were being excavated.  Following the Roman times there is evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement, indeed it is probable that this was when Calverton (the farm with cattle) was first established on the present site rather than groups of people living on nearby hill tops for defensive reasons.

It was at this time that St. Wilfrid visited the area using Burnor Pool to baptise the first Christians and establishing what was probably a wooden-built Church followed by one of stone by the Norman times. Calverton was actually mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having a church.

By medieval times Calverton was within the Royal Forest of Sherwood and the village was one of 5 places where Forest Courts were held hearing cases such as trespass, poaching and stray animals. During the later Medieval period it is though one of the Kings actually stopped in the area to water his horses and test the medicinal properties of Keenwell (King’s Well) now located along Dark Lane.

Mention was also made during the talk of William Lee, son of the vicar at the time, who in 1589 invented the Framework Knitting machine which became the basis of the world-wide hosiery industry. Even today’s computer-controlled machines are based on Lee’s invention!

About 200 years later Johnny Roe lived in the village and formed a unique religious sect, some of whose followers spent many years in Nottingham prison for failing the follow Church principles.

The talk ended with events in the village during Victorian times.

John G thanked Chris and Malcolm for an interesting talk and then members of the audience were given the opportunity to look at a number of items brought from the Calverton Folk Museum.                                                                                                    MP


Some of the Pres members and friends who attended the “History of Calverton” talk.


Ever thought about joining the Preservation Society?

Now’s the time!!

Annual membership:- Adult £7, Family £12

or pay for 5 years till 2022 and avoid any increase in that time!

Adult £35, Family £60.

For more details contact Betty Gretton 847 1881 or b.gretton@ntlworld.co



………..Pres members who pay annually are reminded that subscriptions are now due.

………the planning application submitted to GBC for indoor entertainment at Oscar’s has been given conditional permission.

………amongst the latest planning applications submitted to GBC is permission to retain an existing temporary classroom at St. Wilfrid’s School, Main Street.

………the Calverton Garden & Heritage Trail, organised by the Pres Soc, is due to take place again this year, probably on a Sunday towards the end of June. If anyone would like to open their garden, large or small, please contact Chris Peck (965 4843) for further details.

…….. the Pres has receive a request regarding the coming of the Black Death (1348/9) to towns and villages in Nottinghamshire. Please get in touch if you have any information.

………Advanced Notice! The next Pres event is a talk by David Mooney “Folklore and Custom in the East Midlands” on Wed March 21st. watch for further details later.


Chris Peck, Secretary, Calverton Preservation & History Society,

0115 9654843 or pressoc@ntlworld.com

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