Attenborough, Nottinghamshire

Attenborough, Nottinghamshire

Infobox UK place

static_image_caption = Attenborough Parish Church
official_name= Attenborough
country= England
region= East Midlands
latitude= 52.9
longitude= -1.233333
map_type = Nottinghamshire
post_town= NOTTINGHAM
postcode_area= NG
postcode_district= NG9
dial_code= 0115
constituency_westminster= Broxtowe
shire_district= Broxtowe

Attenborough is a suburb in the Broxtowe borough of Nottinghamshire. It forms part of Greater Nottingham, and is to the southwest of Nottingham, between Long Eaton (to the southwest) and Beeston (to the northeast). [OS Explorer Map sheet 260: Nottingham, Vale of Belvoir, Scale 1:25 000 (4 cm to 1 km, 2½ inches to 1 mile) ISBN 9780319238165]

The village is the location of Attenborough railway station, and of Attenborough Nature Centre. [ [ Attenborough Nature Centre] ]

Further Information

The Nature Centre is a series of gravel pits, which have been flooded after gravel extraction and are now a haven for all sorts of birds and animals and an excellent resource for blackberries in September. The pits themselves can be fished, however membership of the Nottinghamshire Angling Association is required. If you walk through the reserve and out to the River Trent, it's possible to fish and purchase a day ticket from the bailiff.

In Attenborough Village (starting from Attenborough Lane) there is a tile shop, a beauty salon, a hairdressers, "The Sandwich Bank" (a cob shop which used to be the local Lloyds TSB), a printers, a kitchen and bathroom shop, a car personalisation shop, "The Blue Bell" pub, a petrol station and four tennis courts with a club house.

Further towards the Nature Centre is a tennis club, a private school, a cricket club, which doubles as the village green, and St. Mary's Church (C of E) [ [ Attenborough Church] ] .

On the footpath that runs over the railway and onto Barrett Lane, a hoard of Roman coins was found some time ago.Fact|date=February 2007

A view of Attenborough on a very quiet road can be seen from [ The Attenborough Webcam] which is currently the only local webcam.

The village was flooded in November 2000. In 2006, planning started for substantial flood defences for the village.


Attenborough was known in Saxon times as "Addensburgh".

Attenborough was the home village of Henry Ireton (1611 - 26 November 1651). He was an English general in the army of Parliament during the English Civil War. [ [ Notts. History - Ireton's House] ]

During the First World War, the railway station had its platforms extended as it was used as an interchange for soldiers heading for Chetwynd Barracks. In the graveyard of St Mary's church can be found a memorial to the 134 people killed on 1 July 1918 in an explosion in the shell factory in nearby Chilwell. This death toll remains the largest number of deaths caused by a single explosion in mainland Britain.

During the Second World War, Attenborough railway station was said to be the longest in Europe due to its proximity to Chilwell army base.Fact|date=February 2007

A ferry, "Barton Ferry", used to cross the River Trent from the mouth of the River Erewash (near Attenborough) to Barton in Fabis. A crossing existed at this point since before 1774. [cite book
last = Chapman
first = John
title = Map of Nottinghamshire
date = 1774
isbn = 0-902751-46-8

ee also

*St. Mary's Church, Attenborough


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