Bunny is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. The parish has a population of around 600, measured at 689 in the 2011 Census. It is on the A60 7 miles (11 km) south of Nottingham, south of Bradmore and north of Costock.
There has been a settlement on the site since pre-Norman times, perhaps as far back as the days of the Roman Empire. The parish church of St Mary is 14th century. The most significant building in the village is Bunny Hall, probably built in the 1570s and occupied by the Parkyns family for three hundred years. Sir Thomas Parkyns (1662–1741), known as the Wrestling Baronet, built what is now the north wing to his own design circa 1723–25. He also built the school and almshouses. Thomas Parkyns was a devotee of wrestling and organised an annual wrestling match in Bunny Park (prize a gold-laced hat). These matches continued until 1810. His book on the subject The Inn-Play: or, the Cornish Hugg-Wrestler was published in 1713 and reprinted many times.
The following is an excerpt from a description of Bunny as published in 1813:
- Bunny, a straggling village on the high road, containing about sixty houses, and which seems to have been indebted principally for its origin to the ancient seat of Bunny Park Hall, once the property of the family of Parkyns, and now of their descendant Lord Rancliffe. This family have indeed been great benefactors factors to the village, as it contains a good school house and hospital, the former being close to the church yard gate and erected in 1700 for the poor children of Bunny and Bradmore; and the latter having four rooms for four poor widows, and endowed by Dame Anne Parkyns.
20th and 21st century
The Hall was sold circa 1990, but remained unoccupied and had become semi-derelict by 2005. It was occupied and under restoration in 2006. A small section of the grounds now houses a new group of luxury homes.
- "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
- Hole, Christina (1949) English Sports and Pastimes. London: Batsford; p. 31
- Hodgson, John; Laird, Francis Charles (1813). The Beauties of England and Wales, or, Delineations, topographical, historical, and descriptive, of each county. 12, part 1. London: Thomas Maiden. pp. 198–202.
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