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Out & about in Wysall

Chances are you may have passed through our village before. If so, thanks for taking the time to check out our new website and welcome back to the village. If it's your first visit, you'll quickly discover the appeal of the area.

Acknowledged as one of Nottinghamshire's prettiest villages, picturesque Wysall remains unspoilt with scenery & history to inspire. Our attractive surrounding countryside stretches as far as the eye can see, giving captivating views. The village itself oozes history and charm, ancient and modern, at every turn.

A breath of fresh air

Why not pull on your walking boots and enjoy a gentle jaunt to make the most of the surrounding glorious unspoilt countryside and miles of quiet, country lanes for cycling & pottering along, or leave the roads behind altogether and take to the paths across the fields.

Back to Nature

Keyworth Meadow | keyworthmeadow

This is a small traditionally managed pasture with brook, pools and marsh area. It is reached by a 15 minute walk down the Lings Lane track from the Wysall Road as it enters Keyworth.
The site, owned by Keyworth Parish Council, was designated a local Nature Reserve in 1992 and has an interesting list of birds, butterflies and meadow flowers.

Bunny Old Wood | www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/nottinghamshire

This is an ancient coppiced woodland going back to Domesday Book times. It is a Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve situated between the Bradmore Wysall Road and the A60 at Bunny. It has a varied collection of trees and shrubs supporting 20 species of butterfly and 50 bird species. There are way marked paths through the wood, a bridleway and a way marked route across the fields from Wysall to the wood. The wood is well known locally for its bluebells. Nature Trail Guides are available for the Wildlife Trust on 0115 958 8242.

Update from the Rectory - Wysall Parish Church

Wysall Church


Rector: Revd Dr Stephen Hippisley-Cox

Tel 01509 889706
email: s.d.hippisley.cox@googlemail.com
The Rectory, Keyworth Road, Wysall, Notts

Church Organist Mr R Weavell A.R.C.O. - 01509 853125
Church warden : TBA - Awaiting appointment
PCC Secretary : Julia Savage - 0115 937 3059
Parish giving secretary Mrs H Menzies - 0115 937 4624

Charlotte James: 01509 880971
Ken Millar: TBA
Jane Powell : 01509 889006
Louise & Phil Radford : 01509 889487
Anne Stephens : 01509 881239

For more information on The Holy Trinity Church Wysall - CLICK HERE

Wysall Church clock all working again

This key landmark with a highly significant historical importance in our village, which had been out of action for some time, has now been painstakingly restored and is back in full use. An information board about the clock and the restoration project has been installed outside the Village Hall.

The history of the clock is linked closely to Wysall’s accolade as one of a handful of English villages which can claim the unusual title of a 'thankful village' - those villages which welcomed back every single man they sent to war between 1914 and 1918. In addition to the commemorative plaque in the church the clock is a reminder of this honour.

Wysall Church Clock
Wysall Church Clock
Wysall Church Clock
Wysall Church Clock
Wysall Church Clock

Rev'd Stephen Hippisley-Cox Rev'd Stephen Hippisley-Cox, Parish Priest for the church, commented:

‘I'm delighted that the clock which holds such a special  place in the history of the village has now been restored, and am grateful to the Parish Council, and, of course, our funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the County Council's Building Better Communities initiative, who have enabled this to happen’.
Heritage Fund

Raising the Roof update: 1st April 2016

We have bats in the belfry! Well not exactly, they are in the nave roof. This means that the repair will be delayed until they leave in early summer. In the meantime, the contractor has put a tarpaulin over the nave roof, which has been securely battened down. Good news too, we received a further donation of £5,000 from a Family Trust fund.

This means we should now have more than enough for the nave and can put the rest towards replacing the slates on the south aisle and porch. We have also applied to the second phase of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. Hopefully, since we have now raised more than £50,000, they may help us fund this additional repair work.

Churchyard tidy up - April 2016

The churchyard looks a picture at the moment, thanks to the efforts of everyone who has planted bulbs in previous years and all those who helped out last Saturday. We’d like to continue what we have started so there will be another tidy up day on Saturday 9th April. It has been suggested we allocate different areas of the churchyard to families in the village so they can be adopted and looked after more frequently.

We are in the process of sorting this out so, if would like an area of the churchyard please get in touch. Brigid Dudgeon and Steve Reed are overseeing the allocation and will be pleased to get you a plot.

Holy Trinity Church Wysall - Roof Repair - Our progress so far………

Roof fund

Our architect arranged for several quotes and has recommended we use a company based in  Leicestershire. Their estimate is £46,500 including a contingency to replace 1/3 of the roof timbers. This is ex VAT as we will claim that back.

So far, we have raised almost £16,500 including gift aid.  This is a great start as the chart above shows.
Most of this has come from personal gifts where the average donation is £800, thank you for being so generous. Thanks also to The Plough pub quiz team for donating several weeks proceeds and we also received £1,000 from The All Churches Trust and £500 from Parish Council raised at the recent Village Quiz Night.

Several people have asked a few questions, so we’ve tried to answer them here…

Do we have to use lead?
Yes, both English Heritage and Rushcliffe Borough Council have insisted the repair uses like for like.

Does the whole roof need to be replaced?
Yes, there is now significant water ingress in 3 separate areas of the roof.  We have been advised that this will get worse once the existing lead is disturbed.

Why can’t The Church of England pay for the repair?

The funds held by the church are to pay for the ministry, current and retired. There are more old churches, many from Anglo Saxon times in the East Midlands, all need constant repair and maintenance, so the Church simply can’t pay.

Does the village receive anything from the money it pays to the Diocese?
Yes, it pays for our vicar, Stephen and pays for part of a vicar in a poorer part of Nottingham.

How much money does Holy Trinity Wysall have?
Holy Trinity’s income is that given by regular contributors, collections at services and fund raising events. This is only sufficient to cover day-to-day expenses - heating, lighting and routine maintenance.

Can I see the accounts?
Yes, the accounts are public documents, circulated at the AGM, open to the public and to anyone who asks to see them.

How do we plan to raise the rest of the money?

A lot of people have been really busy planning events and activities over the next few months that we hope will go a long way towards raising the remaining money needed:

The Wysall 100 club

The Wysall 100 club

The Wysall 100 Club has been up and running since 1st September, There has been a great deal of interest and we now have a waiting list of more people who would like to join.

Buy a number from 1-100 in the Church Lottery for £1.00 per week. Two prizes per month, better odds than the National Lottery! This is a great way to contribute a small amount regularly.

The winning numbers since the start are:

1st Winner
2nd Winner
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
December 2015
(Bonus week)
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016

The total payout so far has been…..£1650.00!!!!

Last update: 30th June 2016

Photo competition/village calendar

The Photo Competition was a great success, 16 people entered with around 60 photos in and around the village. The 13 best photos, judged by Pat Roberts and colleagues will be used to produce the Wysall 2016 calendar (to be on sale in the next few weeks), There were some excellent photos so the calendar will look great, thank you to everyone who took the time to send in a photo.

Here are the images that made the 2016 Wysall calander, click the image to enlarge:

Image by Stephen Balch
Image by Alan Potter
Image by Stephen Balch
Image by Alan Potter
MARCH 2016
Image by Mike Stanley
APRIL 2016
Image by James-Logan
Image by Mike Stanley
Image by James-Logan
MAY 2016
Image by Gareth Morgan
JUNE 2016
Image by Gareth Morgan
Image by Gareth Morgan
Image by Gareth Morgan
JULY 2016
Image by Ally Whithead

Image by Syd Spence

Ally Whithead
Image by Syd Spence
Image by Taryn Stanley
Image by Martin Powell
Image by Taryn Stanley
Image by Martin Powell
Image by Syd Spence
Image by Mike Stanley
Image by Syd Spence
Image by Mike Stanley

Calenders will be on sale shortly - watch this space...

Click here for the Diocese of Southwell

Wysall Images - Get a better view

Alternatively, sample the views from the comfort of your own PC, with our specially commissioned gallery of bespoke local photography. With 40 beautiful images to check out, this gallery gives you the opportunity to see new views of our village or simply to see familiar views in a new way.

Simply click on the photo thumbnails below:

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The great outdoors

Whatever the season, wherever the viewpoint, these photographs depict what we already know - our village is a great place to live in. First impressions count and whichever way you approach, Wysall & Thorpe in the Glebe welcome you. Be inspired by the bright & beautiful views from around the village.

Wysall 2000

Village Map

Village Map
Village Map

Villagers Images - Capture the moment

Why not share your local photographs with wysall.com, simply email your 8 favourite images to villagersimages@wysall.com.

Thanks to our first contributor, Scott Coggan for the images below.

Look forward to receiving your favorites soon - happy snapping!

Please note, the editor reserses the right to refuse publication of images deemed to be inappropriate

Images taken by: Harry Stockwell
Images of Wysall

Images taken by: Harry Stockwell
Images taken by: Harry Stockwell
Images taken by: Harry Stockwell
Images taken by: Harry Stockwell

Images taken by: Gareth Morgan
The church from April Cottage mid winter

Image taken by : Gareth Scott - The church from April Cottage mid winter

Images taken by: Scott Coggan - May 2009
The Paddocks behind Tuckwood Court, Wysall

Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009
Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009
Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009
Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009
Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009
Images taken by: Helen Coggan, Wysall 2009

Images taken by: Gareth Morgan- 22nd December 2010
Wysall by night

Thanks to Gareth Morgan for sending this interesting collection of local images reflecting the magical look of our village during the recent snowy weather.

Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
Images taken by: Gareth Morgan, Wysall Dec 2010
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Village Pump

Wysall Pump

Making the most of village life

Like the modern office water cooler, the village pump was historically a gathering place in Wysall, as in many other village communities, to discuss latest local goings-on including births, marriages, christenings and bereavements.

The village pump was once the focal point of rural life, providing the only water supply to communities and offering a place in town squares and village greens for people to come together.

When there was no mains water in Wysall, there was a pump at the bottom of the village for the animals, near the church, and another one located close to the junction of Main Street and Widmerpool Road.

Most homes had their own pumps and Wysall pump was even used by people from other villages to fill up with water in a dry time. 

Although the actual pumps have sadly long gone, community life in Wysall remains as active as ever and the new web page will hopefully reflect this through contributions from Wysall residents. Remember, this is a community website for our village and we would be pleased to hear from you.

Back in time

Last year saw the both Wysall and Thorpe in the Glebe residents celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and how they enjoyed themselves.

Well, some old records that have just turned up after parish council chairman Dave Roberts managed to open a tin chest that had been standing locked for years in the upstairs room at the village hall, reveal that there were also celebrations in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee.

The accounts show that a total of £126 78p was spent on the event, just £1 22p more than was raised.
The income side of the accounts showed donations received amounted to £70 25p, while coffee mornings and a beetle drive held to help fund the event resulted in a profit of £33 49p.  A skittle event raised £5 86p and the sale of mementoes brought in £18 40.

Expenses included £2 50 for insurance for The Barn where it seems events were held, £5 for a special iced Jubilee Cake, £28 59p for bunting used in the village, £15 23 for hire of a heater (presumably for the Barn), and £30 for a barrel of beer.  There was a donation of £5 86p (don’t know why it was such an odd amount) to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee fund.

The ledger in which the accounts were shown dated back to the year 1895 and gives details of Christmas payments made from the Burton Charity, giving details of 26 people who received annual amounts ranging from 12p to 22p amounting in all to £5.  Mr William Eggleston was the chairman of the parish at the time and he signed the accounts as being correct.

An appeal is being made by the parish council at Wysall for everyone in the village to search their lofts and anywhere else they may have old records stored in an attempt top find some missing minutes of council minutes dating b acknowledged over 60 years.

The council was first formed in 1952 but there are no minute books held by the clerk Mike Elliott prior to 1970 and it is for those missing minutes that the appeal is being made.

“It is important that we find them if they are still in existence because they record the history of the council in the opening years as this year it marks it diamond jubilee,” says the Clerk.

The council does have in its possession minutes of the Parish Meetings held in the village from 1894 when parish councils were first formed, but Wysall did not establish its until 1952.   The 1894 parish meeting was chaired at the opening of it b y Mr William Bryans and dring the meeting Mr William Eggleston was elected the permanent chairman.  He held office until 1897 when Mr Henry Hollingworth took over to be followed in 1899 by Mr John Derrick.

The council is appealing for anyone who may have knowledge of the missing minutes to contact the clerk on 0115 9376506 or any member.

Births | Marriages | Christenings | Bereavements

Wysall Births

Lynne & Alex

Max Lucien Evans

Max Lucien Evans was born at 8.29 on Monday 16th July. He weighed 8 pounds exactly. Mum (Lynne) and Dad (Alex) moved in to Oakley on Keyworth Rd in March, and are both pleased as punch with the new arrival.

Max and his mum are both fit and healthy so you might spot them out and about in the village soon.

Added: 24th July 2012


Congratulations on the marriage of Martin and Taryn Stanley

Martin, son of Mike and Kath Stanley of Manor Farm House, was married to Taryn at Holy Trinity Church, Wysall on Saturday 2nd August 2014, with a reception held afterwards at Wysall Village Hall.

Martin & Taryn

With sunshine throughout much of the day, everyone had a really fabulous time. Everyone at the church was extremely helpful. Wysall Village Hall was transformed, in a simple way, but making it really personal and fun.

Congratulations to Martin and Taryn

Wysall Deaths

Mary Elizabeth Elston

1940 - 2013

Mary Elston

The life of Mary Elston

FRIENDLY, generous but someone who knew how to get her way – dearly-loved Mary Elston has died aged 73.

Born Mary Morrison on February 16, 1940, in Sidcup, Kent, Mary grew up in South Norwood, Croydon.

Her early life was filled with playing cricket and netball and family holidays in Norfolk.

She attended Selhurst Grammar School for Girls, in Croydon, leaving at 17 for a year in secretarial work before heading to London to train as a nurse.

She and her future husband Christopher worked at the same time at Charing Cross Hospital, where he was studying to be a doctor He said becoming a nurse seemed part of her nature. "She was always very much a caring woman with a great deal of empathy."

The pair met in 1958 at a friend's birthday party. They courted until Christopher popped the question and married on June, 16 1962, in South Norwood. The couple had their first child, Caroline, 18 months later, followed by Christopher in 1967, William in 1969 and Louise in 1972.

The family moved to Nottingham in 1972 after Christopher took a job at the City Hospital.

After several years raising children, Mary resumed her career in the mid-70s, moving quickly through the ranks to become sister-in-charge at Hayward House for nine years. She then became senior nurse manager for health care of the elderly at City Hospital in the early 90s.

Christopher and Mary moved to Wysall, near Ruddington, in 1997 but, months after arriving, Mary was released from her hospital post.

With little to do, she threw herself into community affairs, becoming a parish councillor in 1997. She battled cancer for several years but was diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer in August and died peacefully at home on October 21.

Christopher said: "She was a wonderful woman who touched the lives of many to whom she gave and received much love. She served her community and was an inspiration to us all in her fortitude in the face of illness."

A service of remembrance and celebration of Mary’s life took place at the Carriage Hall, in Plumtree, on 30 October 2013, followed by a woodland burial at Prestwold Natural Burial Ground.

Added: 20th November 2013

Philip Hugh Harris – 1965 - 2012

I met Phil on a blind date at the Plough Wysall in 1997.  I was 27 and he was 31 and we married in May 1998.  We lived in Wymeswold first and then moved to Wysall in 1999.  Seth was born in 2000 followed by Poppy in 2006 and they were a source of immense happiness and pride for Phil.

He loved watching Seth play rugby down at Keyworth rugby club in Widmerpool and enjoyed his Sunday morning chats with all the other parents.  He was thrilled and proud when Seth got into Loughborough Grammar School and delighted with all Poppy had achieved at school in such a short space of time.  He marvelled at how good at tennis she was.

Phil was loving, kind, gentle, strong and as we found out hugely brave and courageous.  He was an incredibly intelligent man and very well read.  His breadth of knowledge was unbelievable.  He had a marvellous sense of humour and the satirical news shows were his favourite as was the Fast Show & Phoenix Nights.  He could tell you the name of any song if you just told him a few lyrics.

He loved spending time with the children, playing cricket, badminton and rugby in the garden, and in the past few years the whole family going to watch Leicester Tigers gave Phil enormous pleasure, as did taking Seth on their trips to Twickenham to watch them in the finals.

Phil Harris

Farming was everything to Phil and I quickly learned not to speak during a weather forecast as did the children! And how many types of rain there were! He took great pride in his work and had a fabulous time with David and Pete.

He loved the children coming to be with him on the combine and I had to walk the dogs or sit for hours waiting for them.
He was very content with his life.  He adored his family, cherished his friendships old and new and had the best job in the world in working for the Onions.

He loved Wysall and all it had to offer including the pub! And felt privileged and proud to serve on the Parish Council.
We couldn’t have managed without the unfailing support of Cynthia and my head teacher over the last two and half years and John Hart who became Phil’s right hand man!  Without this they would have been even more difficult and stressful.

I have been honoured and blessed to have the most wonderful husband and amazing father, he truly was one in a million.  He may not be here in person but his spirit lives on in the children and the fields of Wysall.

Written by Jane Harris - Added: 24th July 2012

David Hugh Roberts

Died: 2016

David Roberts

The life of David Hugh Roberts

It is with deep sadness that, on behalf of the Parish Council, we report the passing of David Roberts.

David was a widely respected member of our village and worked tirelessly over a number of years in various roles supporting the Wysall community, including Chair of the Parish Council until recently and a highly valued member of both Wysall Parish Council and the Village Hall Committee.

David was also a much loved husband, father and grandfather and our sincere condolences go out to Pat and family at this sad time.

David passed away on 12th October 2016.

The Funeral Service will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Main Street, Wysall, NG12 5QS at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 3rd November, followed by a private immediate-family only committal.

Refreshments afterwards back at Wysall Village Hall, Main Street, Wysall, NG12 5QS. All who knew David are welcome.

If you wish to make a donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association or leave a message of condolence please use the following link:


Added: 29th October 2016

Back in the Day

The Plough at Wysall - A trip down memory lane

We have recently received photographs (courtesy of Mick Edge) showing the village pub in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Plough - Chris Gibson
Plough - Chris Gibson
Plough - Beer Garden
Plough - 1960 to 1962
Plough - 1958
Plough - 1956

Back in the Day

The website takes a look back in time for the parish council by displaying here the minutes of its very first meeting way back in the year 1952, the year that our present Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. To view the minutes CLICK HERE

Films from the 60's and 70's featuring Wysall

A film evening was held at Wysall Village Hall on 11th May 2011, featuring footage of our village from bygone eras. The films were acquired by a gentleman in Leicestershire named Alan Leary and feature Wysall in the 1960's and 1970's – showing the school, the church, a wedding and a large house.

A DVD copy of the films is available for loan from Coun Sam Stephens
contact 01509 881239.
A DVD copy of the films is available for loan from Coun Sam Stephens - contact 01509 881239.

What goes around comes around. Steeped in history and heritage, Wysall is located in the broad valley of the Kingston Brook and for most of its history has been a self-contained agricultural village, accessible only by minor roads. It did not share in the growth of framework knitting in some neighbouring villages during the 19th. Century.

The Parish Church, with tower and steeple, is mainly 14th Century, with Norman stonework in the north wall. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1825 and replaced in 1871 by the present Methodist church. A National school was also built in 1871, but this has now closed.

The trees looking towards the Church end
The Gap - North end Main Street
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time
The Gap, Wysall
Wysall School children
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time
Post Office
General Stores
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time
Photo includes Mrs Young & Mrs Fowler
Cross Hill Wysall
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time
Best Kept village Plaque
Aerial View of Wysall
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time
The Boot Inn Wymeswold Rd, Pear Tree Farm
Wymeswold Road 1930’s
Wysall - Back in time
Wysall - Back in time

Why not dip into our library of archived materials to discover more of Wysall's intriguing past, which paved the way for its modern day appeal? Or if you have any interesting features or photographs for inclusion let us know.

  • A 'Down Your Way' feature in Notts Guardian Journal 29 September 1970 charted early Wysall history and successes in Notts 'best kept village' competitions. To find out more click here.
  • A further 'Down Your Way' feature in Notts Guardian Journal 25 January 1972 looked at the history of local churches, chapels and other focal buildings. To find out more click here.
  • Nottingham Evening Post 11 August 2004 feature on Wysall's claim to be one of only three 'thankful villages' in the county. To find our more click here.

Not forgetting the equally intriguing history of Thorpe in the Glebe - if you have any interesting Thorpe features (in electronic format only please) or photographs for inclusion let us know.

  • Former resident Susan Atkinson has kindly contributed her own interpretation of the history of Thorpe. To read her historical summary of Thorpe in the Glebe through the ages click here.

'Down Your Way' - September 29 1970

Referred to in the Doomsday book as Wisoc, Wysall like most 1000+ year old settlements is built around the focal point of its church Holy Trinity which dates back to the 13th century and still dominates the village despite the stumpiness of its 600+ year old spire.

Down your way - Wysall church in 1970

It was the church's finely trimmed lawns and flowerbeds, which helped Wysall to win 'best kept' village of its size in Notts, four times out of five in the mid-sixties.

Proud record of awards in notts best kept village competition 1970

So accustomed did Wysall become to victory that the villagers were upset when relegated to second place by Flintham in 1965, criticised by judges for allowing a tree - their prize for winning the previous year - to die. Wysall residents were so incensed at the loss that a coachload of 40 of them went to see for themselves what Flintham was like!

Wysall soon topped the polls again but withdrew from the competition in 1965 for a happier reason - to give other Notts villages a chance!

With fewer than 300 inhabitants, Wysall 'is the sort of place where everybody knows everybodys else's business' said 74 year old retired farmer Mr James Baldock, who lived at Wysall all his life and says he will never live anywhere else.

'Live long and die happy is our moto' commented Mr Baldock, reflected in these pictures of local residents.

Wysall charms them into a ripe old age
Mr and Mrs Cutton Young

Mrs Sewell aged 92 years
James Baldock, Retired farmer

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'Down Your Way' - 25 January 1972

A village record dated 1884 states that the parish contained 379 inhabitants and had 1360 acres, principally belonging to 5 landowners. It also gives detail of when the land was enclosed in 1800 and mentions the princely sum of £6 paid to the village schoolmaster for teaching poor children in the parish.

Personality parade in Wysall

Mr C Yong and Mr William Derrick

Mr leslie Derrick & Mr and Mrs Gillespie and terrier Pat

Around 1900, despite the strong Low Church upbringing of many of its residents Wysall had 3 public houses. Now just the Plough remains, which apparently dates back as a hostelry to 1790. The building was built around two cottages which date back further still.

The Methodist chapel was built in 1881 for £500 and residents raised the money within a year. This building, unfortunately no longer used for worship, replaced an earlier chapel that had been built in 1825.

There was also a time recalled, when members of the local village Singers' Society turned up drunk at church for evening service. A document drawn up in 1774 states they would forfeit 1d each time they were drunk when reporting there.

Negotiations were in place in 1970 for the purchase of the old village school from Southwell Diocesan Education Board for £500 to be turned into a village hall.

The Post Office and Village Shop on Main Street is believed to date back from the 1500's. At the time of this article, renovation works had revealed the stairs were in the middle of two tree branches (possibly originals) and the house was made of horsehair, rushes and horse dung, with tree branches used for rafters.

It is not really known how Wysall got its name but it was called Wisoc in the Doomsday Book and was once called Wyser.

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Nottingham Evening Post - 11 August 2004

Following the 90th anniversary of the start of the first world war in 2004 researchers were trying to determine which English villages can claim the unusual title of a 'thankful village' - those villages which welcomed back every single man they sent to war between 1914 and 1918.

Famous Notts writer Arthur Mee, in his book on the county first published in 1938, included Wysall writing '17 men went out to war and came home again: it is one of three thankful villages in the county'. (The other 2 thankful Notts villages were Cromwell and Wigsley).

Right place in history?

Wysall has no roll of honour, but every man was presented with a silver inkstand on which was engraved his name and the words 'with gratitude from Wysall for answer in Duty's call in the Great War'.

However more recently a question mark has been raised over Wysall's qualification. One of the brave soldiers' Private William Oliver Orridge, a member of the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiments when he was killed in the Cambrai area of Northern France on June 17 1917 was born in Wysall (date of birth unclear) but the crucial question is whether he was living in the village when he went off to war?

Historian Norman Thorpe has complied a list of every thankful village in the country. His website www.hellfire-corner.co.uk lists 32 villages definitely qualifying and a second list, including Wysall, which lost locally born men who may not have lived in the village at the time they were killed.

Footnote: It has finally been agreed that Wysall does have thankfull village status and the commemorative plaque is in the church to prove it.

Thorpe in the Glebe across the ages

Thorpe in the Glebe is probably the most extensive of Nottinghamshire's deserted medieval villages. Its name is derived from the Danish word 'torp', which was a subsidiary settlement or farmstead dependent on a larger village, though there is evidence that the area was populated much earlier, with finds of flint tools and Roman pottery.

However, by the time the Domesday Book was compiled, Thorpe in the Glebe was waste, probably a result of the activities of William the Conqueror's army in 1068 as they marched north to deal with the rebellion by Earl Morcar. From the entry in the Domesday Book it appears that the village was then known as Thorpe Regis or, more probably, King's Thorpe. There is no population recorded, so it appears that the area was deserted at this time and subsequently resettled.

William Rufus granted Thorpe in the Glebe (plus several other manors) to the Earl of Chester in about 1093-5. He installed the knightly family of the Bochards (or Bozzarts - an alternative spelling) as tenants and the village became known as Thorpe Bochard (or Bochart), Thorpe Buzzard or Bochardisthorpe. The Bochard family holds the manor through various re-arrangements of the manors of Thorpe and Wysall until the direct male line fails in the 13th century, when the state passes through Margaret Bochard to John Seagrave in Leicestershire. The Darleys, already resident at Wysall, became the tenants of the Seagraves at Thorpe and eventually bought out their interest about 1300. Tax records of this time show that Thorpe was a small and not very wealthy parish.

It is in the 14th century that Thorpe started to be called Thorpe in the Glebe or Thorpe in the Clottes rather than Thorpe in the Glebe. This may be due to the demise of the Bochard family but is unusual as other similar names have lasted much longer and have not depended on the continuance of one family alone. However, this is also the time the medieval warm period ended and England's climate became colder and wetter. This would have made it far more difficult to grow crops in the heavy clay soil of Thorpe in the Glebe. The word 'Glebe' in this instance is derived from the Latin word 'gleba' meaning clot of earth.

Then came the Black Death of 1349 and, while there are no exact figures of deaths in this area, the national average was about 40% of the population. There were further outbreaks of plague in the succeeding 30 years, which impeded population recovery until about 1470. This was important as villages required sufficient able-bodied males to carry out the agricultural routine, especially on heavy clay land, with the margin between sufficiency and insufficiency being far less in small villages than large ones.

To make matters worse, the then Lord of the Manor, John de Darley, died sometime between 1348 and 1352, possibly from the Black Death and the land was divided between Nicholas Darley (who appears to have inherited the manor house, which was possibly in the site of Church Site Farm) and John's daughter, Margaret, who married Robert Armstrong some time after her father's death. John's widow, Maud, who appears to have had a life interest in the manor though in 13788 Robert and Margaret were given possession of their half of the manor though it appears they were actually living at Wysall or Costock.

By 1442, their descendant, Hugh Armstrong had decided to convert the land to sheep rearing (few men are needed to look after a large flock of sheep). It was leased to William Repon of Willoughby on the Wolds for 20 years at a rent of 46s 8d per annum. The Armstrongs also gradually obtained the whole of Thorpe in the Glebe. In 1491, Gabriel Armstrong enclosed 90 customary acres (about 135 modern acres) and, while this action is often credited with the depopulation of the village, there is no evidence of any displacement of population being caused by it.
During Gabriel Armstrong's tenure Thorpe ceased to be rented out and the Armstrongs ran it as flockmasters themselves.

The village itself appears to have been abandoned by 1500 and was described as a ruin in 1534, though the church lasted some while longer. The church tower was still standing in 1810 but by 1844 only a heap of grass-covered ruins remained, upon which every new vicar read himself in at his induction. The last vicar to do this was Rev R.H.J. Hoskins in 1868.

Thorpe in the Glebe was a late settlement, on difficult soil and with a small population even by the standards of its immediate neighbours. The manorial structure of it was such that at only one point of its history did it have a dominant resident family and there was no one strong enough to steer it through the various changes of the late 14th and 15th centuries, so it failed and became depopulated and enclosed, leaving only the present day ruins in its place.

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