Lambley, Nottinghamshire

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Lambley is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population1,247 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK 62874 45298
Civil parish
  • Lambley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG4
Dialling code0115
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°00′04″N 1°03′47″W / 53.001°N 1.063°W / 53.001; -1.063Coordinates: 53°00′04″N 1°03′47″W / 53.001°N 1.063°W / 53.001; -1.063

Lambley is an English village and civil parish near Nottingham, England, hardly touched by urbanisation, as it lies in a green belt. The population recorded in the 2011 census was 1,247.[1] Its proximity to Nottingham (6.9 miles, 11.1 km) has tended to raise the price of its real estate.[2]

Governance and environment[edit]

In local government, Lambley comes under Lambley Parish Council[3] and Gedling Borough Council.

Lambley Dumbles are secluded places noted for their geology and ancient woodland rich in flowers and ferns. They are accessed along three marked village trails.[4]

Wicketwood Hill was a wood in medieval times south of Lambley village,[5] then a hamlet on the downhill part of Spring Lane.[6] Newer maps show it as a wider residential area west of Wood Farm.[7]



The name Lambley contains the Old English words lamb and lēah meaning a forest, wood, glade, clearing and later pasture, so "Lamb's meadow".[8][9][10]


Flint tools found in fields near Lambley point to Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement.[11] It is mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) as Lambeleia.

The parish church of Holy Trinity is a Grade I listed building.[12] It has been designated "one of the few entirely Perpendicular village churches in Notts, all of a piece and of felicitous proportions tall and narrow, all the windows high and spacious." The only earlier section is part of the west tower (12th–13th centuries). Rebuilding was financed by Ralph, Lord Cromwell (see under Notable people).[13]

Nine men born in Lambley are reported to have died in action in the First World War.[14]

Notable people[edit]

In order of birth:

  • Ralph de Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell (c. 1393–1456), Lord Treasurer of England to Henry VI responsible for submitting the first budget to Parliament, was born in the village and funded the building of much of the church.[13]
  • John de Crumbewell (fl. 14th c.), parson of Lambley, was given a pardon for outlawry in 1360.[15]
  • Eric Martin (1925–2015), first-class cricketer for Nottinghamshire, was born in the village.
  • David Glenn (living), plantsman and gardener, has named his Australian garden "Lambley" after his childhood home.
  • Mark Spencer (born 1970), elected a Conservative MP for Sherwood in 2010, attended Lambley Primary School.


The nearest railway station is Lowdham, (3.4 miles, 5.5km) on the LincolnNewarkNottingham line.

There are occasional bus links with Nottingham, Arnold, Netherfield and nearby villages.[16]

The A6097 and A612 trunk roads pass through Lowdham.


After year six, most pupils at Lambley Primary School transfer for secondary education to Colonel Frank Seely Academy in Calverton.[17] The most recent Ofsted report for Lambley Primary, in January 2014, rated it Good for pupil achievement, teaching quality, pupil behaviour and safety, and leadership and management. It had 109 pupils aged 4–11 at the time.[18] The school has a website.[19]


Businesses in Lambley include a general store and others dealing with the motor trade, skiing equipment, bars and catering, accountancy, architecture, horticultural nursery, boarding kennels and caravan storage. There are two pubs: the Woodlark Inn and the Robin Hood Inn.

A crematorium, the fourth in Nottinghamshire, opened in 2017.[20]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Average house prices up in Nottinghamshire". 2 April 2014. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ Lambley Village Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  4. ^ Map: Lambley History Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Wicketwood Hill :: Survey of English Place-Names". Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Scotland First Series - GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lambley, in Gedling and Nottinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time".
  7. ^ "Lambley map" (PDF).
  8. ^ J. A. Mawer, J. E. B. Gover and F. M. Stenton, eds, Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p. 171.
  9. ^ A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p. 212.
  10. ^ E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 284.
  11. ^ Lambley History Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  12. ^ Official description. Southwell Church History Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England. Nottinghamshire (London, 1951), pp. 91–92.
  14. ^ We Will Remember Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  15. ^ Southwell Church History Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  16. ^ Timetables. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Lambley Primary School – Wikimapia".
  18. ^ Ofsted report Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  19. ^ Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  20. ^ First funeral to be held next week at new crematorium in Lambley Gedling Eye 3 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2019

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