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Strelley is the name of a village and civil parish to the west of Nottingham. It is also the name of the nearby post war council housing estate. The village lies within Broxtowe, whilst the estate 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. The old Broad Oak pub, remains but has been partially modernised.
Strelley is also notable for being the upper terminus of one of the earliest recorded railway lines in the world, the Wollaton Waggonway. The railway 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 a Byron who sub-leased the pits to Huntingdon Beaumont.
During the 1960s much of the western part of Strelley parish was dominated by a huge opencast coal mine. After the opencast mine closed, the M1 motorway was constructed over the west of the parish. The village church can now easily be seen from the motorway just north of the Trowell services area.
The estate merges into the neighbouring suburb of Bilborough. There are facilities on the estate including a library, a police station and a Co-op. Bilborough sixth form college is just off the A6002 near Strelley. the housing estate is a large area of council and private houses such as the'pit estate' named after local coal pits
- Nottingham City Transport
- 35: Nottingham - QMC - Wollaton - Bilborough - Strelley - Broxtowe - Bulwell.
- 77: Nottingham - Alfreton Road - Aspley Lane - Strelley Road - Strelley.
- 78: Nottingham - Alfreton Road - Nuthall Road - Hilcote Drive - Sherborne Road - Broxtowe - Strelley.
- L3: Nottingham - QMC - Beechdale Baths - Bathurst Drive - Glaisdale Drive East - Burnside Green- Bramhall Road - Melbury Road - Cranwell Road - Strelley Co-op.
- W3: Passes on A6002 road
- Collegelink: Passes on A6002 road.
- Y28: As above.
- Veolia (Dunn-Line)
- Smith, R S (1989), Early Coal Mining Around Nottingham 1500 - 1650, University of Nottingham (out of print).
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