"The soil of Nottinghamshire is various, and it assumes,
in consequence, a great diversity of appearance." states Pigot's Directory
of 1828. "On the Derbyshire border, a stripe of land, extending as far
south as opposite Nottingham, is the lime and coal district, and contains
several woods, the land being mostly arable. A broader tract, reaching to
the north east extremity of the county, is composed chiefly of sand and gravel,
including the whole of the ancient royal Forest of Sherwood, traditionally
reported as the scene of the exploits of the noted outlaw Robin Hood and his
The productions of this county are coals, lead wool, cattle,
fowls, abundance of fresh water fish, liquorice, grain of all sorts, hops and
weld. The principal manufactures are hosiery, glass and earthenware,
considerable breweries, malting concerns, and tanneries are also spread
throughout the county, but the branch of manufactures which has lifted
Nottinghamshire to so high a point of consequence, and which is centred in the
town of Nottingham and immediate neighbourhood is the bobbin-net and net lace,
which beautiful article may now be said to rival the most costly pillow laces of
this country and France..."
Family History, Genealogy and
Local History Research Information for Nottinghamshire
is an inland county of England, in the Midlands. It is bordered on the
north west by Yorkshire, on the east by Lincolnshire, on the south by
Leicestershire and on the west by Derbyshire.
divided into six hundreds: Bassetlaw, Bingham, Broxton, Newark, Rushcliffe
and Thurgarton. In 1828, in addition to the county town of Nottingham,
there were nine market towns and 168 parishes.
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