Lenton, Nottingham

Lenton is an area of the City of Nottingham, in the county of Nottinghamshire, England. It is in the ward of Dunkirk and Lenton also Wollaton East and Lenton Park.

Originally a separate agricultural village, Lenton became part of the town of Nottingham in 1877, when the town's boundaries were enlarged. Nottingham became a city as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Typical Lenton Scene - geograph.org.uk - 592087
Lenton is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
OS grid referenceSK 55462 39410
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG7
Dialling code0115
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament


The name "Lenton" derives from the River Leen, which runs nearby.

Lenton and its mills on the Leen get a mention in the Domesday Book in the late 11th century: "In Lentune 4 sochmen and 4 bordars have two ploughs and a mill."

Lenton Priory

Lenton Priory
The remains of a stone column from the priory

Lenton Priory was founded in the village by William Peverel at the beginning of the 12th century. A Cluniac monastery, the priory was home to mostly French monks until the late 14th-century when it was freed from the control of its French mother-house, Cluny Abbey. From the 13th-century the priory struggled financially and was noted for "its poverty and indebtedness". The priory was dissolved in 1538 as part of King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.[1]

Following dissolution the priory was demolished and its lands passed through private hands. The Priory Church of St. Anthony, Lenton, is thought to incorporate elements of the chapel of the priory's hospital.[2]

In 2005 Lenton celebrated the nine-hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Lenton Priory. The centrepiece of the celebrations was a special festival held in the grounds of Priory Church of St. Anthony, Lenton, on 21 May 2005.

Lenton Fair

King Henry II granted permission for the priory to hold an annual fair on The Feast of Saint Martin: 11 November. Lenton Fair originally ran for 8 days before being extended to 12 days. The fair caused numerous disputes with the mayor and burgesses of the town of Nottingham as no markets could be held within Nottingham during the period in the Lenton fair. In return the people of Nottingham were given special rates to hire booths at the fair.[1] The Fair continued after the demise of the Priory, though its length was gradually reduced. Its emphasis slowly changed, and in 1584 it was described as a horse-fair when servants of Mary, Queen of Scots attended.[3] By the 17th century the Fair had acquired a reputation as a great fair for all sorts of horses. In the 19th century it was largely frequented by farmers and horse dealers. The Fair finally ceased at the beginning of the 20th century.

16th-20th centuries

From the closure of the priory in 1538, until the late 18th century, Lenton was primarily a rural agricultural village.[4]

In the 1790s the Nottingham Canal was constructed, passing through the village. This led to industrialisation and population growth, with a number of factories built and the population increasing from 893 to 3077 between 1801 and 1831. The area known as "New Lenton" was developed on agricultural land separate from the village to accommodate the expanding residential and industrial needs both from the village and the neighbouring town Nottingham. As with many other villages surrounding Nottingham, many of the residents were involved in the manufacture and trade of lace.[4]

Originally a separate village, Lenton became part of the town of Nottingham in 1877, when the town's boundaries were enlarged.[4] Nottingham became a city as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Both the University of Nottingham and Queen's Medical Centre are within Lenton.[4]


Administratively, Lenton falls within the Nottingham South constituency. Most of the area lies within the electoral ward of Dunkirk and Lenton. The "Lenton Triangle" area (bounded by Derby, Faraday and Ilkeston Roads), and considered by most residents to be part of Lenton due to its similar character, falls into a neighbouring ward - Radford and Park.

Lenton is largely a residential area, and is popular with students at the nearby University of Nottingham who choose to live off-campus. Indeed, the high proportion of students has led some local residents in recent years to campaign against what they perceive as the studentification of the area.

Neighbouring areas

Notable buildings

Marcus Garvey Ballroom

The Marcus Garvey Ballroom is a local West Indian community centre managed by West Indian Cavaliers, and located on Lenton Boulevard. Named after Marcus Mosiah Garvey, this venue is famous for its large music hall, the Ballroom, which has a capacity of around 1000. Events include clubnights run by students from the universities, including Firefly, Detonate, Misst, and also specialises in live acts,it also houses the legendary C.P.H sound system.

The Marcus Garvey Day Care Centre also hosts day care facilities for African Caribbean elders, with a wide range of activities including bingo, raffle, needlework, dominoes, arts and crafts and a prayer meeting held on Friday mornings. Fresh meals are available for a small charge. The centre has a library, an organ, music system, TV and video facilities. The building is wheelchair accessible.

This building was formerly part of the Raleigh bicycle company's development in Lenton, now largely demolished to make way for a new University of Nottingham campus.

The Lenton Centre

The Lenton Centre in Willoughby Street is a local community centre with gym and swimming pool. Previously a council facility, it was bought by local residents in 2004 for £10 when it was threatened by closure.[5]

Other Institutions

Notable residents

Albert Ball VC - Britain’s first and probably still its best known 'Air Ace' was born at 32 Lenton Boulevard in Lenton in 1896 and went to school at the Lenton Church School. The Albert Ball Memorial Homes in Church Street are a striking and lasting monument to the brief life of Albert Ball.[6] After a series of moves to houses throughout Lenton, his family settled at 43 Lenton Road. His father Sir Albert Ball, rose in status from a plumber to become Lord Mayor of Nottingham.

Helen Watts was brought up in Lenton where her father was the vicar. She achieved local notoriety when she was first arrested for protesting about women's suffrage outside the Houses of Parliament in 1909.[7]


  1. ^ a b Page, William (1910). 'House of Cluniac monks: The priory of Lenton', A History of the County of Nottingham: Volume 2. Victoria County History. pp. 91–100.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Lenton Priory (317538)". PastScape. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  3. ^ Lodge, Edmund, ed., Illustrations of British History, vol.2 (1791), p.303.
  4. ^ a b c d "A Brief History of Lenton". Lenton Times: The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society. Lenton Local History Society. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Pool bought for £10 set to open". BBC News. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.lentontimes.co.uk/images/gallery/albert_ball/albert_ball_listener_14.htm
  7. ^ Zaleski, Paul Bexon & Stephen. "Lenton Times Magazine - Issue 7 - Helen Watts: Lenton's Pioneering Suffragette". www.lentontimes.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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Albert Ball Memorial Homes

The Albert Ball Memorial Homes were erected in 1922 in Lenton, Nottingham.

Alderman Albert Ball commissioned the building of the Albert Ball Memorial Homes in Lenton to house the families of local servicemen killed in action, in memory of his son, Albert Ball, a fighter pilot who had been killed in World War I.

Opened on 7 September 1922, the homes featured some unusual design elements. The building, containing eight residences, was built to evoke an aircraft, with the homes the wings, and the central porch reminiscent of a cockpit. The two centre homes had curving doors, windows, and walls that also fit the theme. Windows on the row are suggestive of propellers. They were also built with ease of use for the elderly in mind. The Albert Ball Memorial Homes were Grade-II listed in 1995.

Austin Baxter

Austin Godfrey Baxter (21 September 1931 – 17 January 1993) was an English first-class cricketer active 1952–53 who played for Nottinghamshire. He was born in West Bridgford; died in Lenton.

Bill Voce

Bill Voce (8 August 1909 – 6 June 1984) was an English cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire and England. As a fast bowler, he was an instrumental part of England's infamous Bodyline strategy in their tour of Australia in 1932–1933 under Douglas Jardine. He was born at Annesley Woodhouse, near Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. He died at Lenton, Nottingham.

Billy Langham

William Langham (1876–1927) was an English-born footballer who played as an outside right in the Football League around the turn of the 19th century.He played for Notts County in the late 1890s scoring 15 times in 47 appearances for them before playing for Bristol City and Leicester Fosse. He joined Doncaster Rovers for their first season in the Football League scoring 16 goals in the 65 League and Cup games he played for them over two seasons. After they failed re-election in 1905, he was sold to Gainsborough Trinity.Langham returned to Rovers for the 1906−07 season scoring 9 goals including 4 in a 7−1 win against Grantham Avenue. He was sold to Lincoln City in March 1907 for a fee of £75, and appeared in a total of 58 Football League games for them, scoring 21 times.

Christopher Curzon

Christopher Colin Curzon (born 22 December 1958) is a retired English cricketer. Curzon was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper.

Curzon made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against Northamptonshire in the 1978 County Championship. During the same season Curzon also made his one-day debut against Yorkshire. Curzon represented the club in seventeen first-class matches, the last of which came against Yorkshire in 1980. Curzon's last one-day game for Nottinghamshire came against Northamptonshire in the Quarter-Final of the 1980 Benson and Hedges Cup. This was also to be the last one-day game of Curzon's career. At the end of the 1980 season Curzon left Nottinghamshire.

Curzon played a single first-class match for Hampshire in 1981 against the touring Sri Lankans. This was his only appearance for Hampshire.

Dusk Till Dawn

Dusk Till Dawn may refer to:

"Dusk Till Dawn" (Zayn song), 2017

"Dusk Till Dawn" (Ladyhawke song), 2008

Dusk Till Dawn (album), by Bobby V.

Dusk Till Dawn (casino), a cardroom and casino in Lenton, Nottingham

Helen Kirkpatrick Watts

Helen Kirkpatrick Watts (1881 – 18 August 1972) was a militant British suffragette from Nottingham.

Herbert Snook

Herbert Snook (23 December 1867 – 13 October 1947) was an English footballer who played in The Football League for Notts County.Not long after he turned 21 he was signed by Notts County F.C. but played no first-team matches in the 1887–1888 season.Herbert died on 13 October 1947 in Lenton, a suburb of the City of Nottingham at the age of 79.

John Curzon (cricketer)

John Timothy Curzon (born 4 June 1954 in Lenton, Nottingham) is an English former first-class cricketer active 1978 who played for Nottinghamshire.

Lenton Methodist Church

Lenton Methodist Church is a Methodist church on Derby Road in Lenton, Nottingham.

Oliver Redgate (cricketer)

Oliver Redgate (16 February 1863 – 11 February 1913) was an English first-class cricketer active – who played for Nottinghamshire. He was born in Lenton; died in Sherwood.

Richard Copley Christie

Richard Copley Christie (22 July 1830 – 9 January 1901) was an English lawyer, University teacher, philanthropist and bibliophile.

He was born at Lenton in Nottinghamshire, the son of a mill owner. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford where he was tutored by Mark Pattison, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1857. He also held numerous academic appointments, notably the professorships of history (from 1854 to 1856) and of political economy (from 1855 to 1866) at Owens College. He always took an active interest in this college, of which he was one of the governors. In 1898 he gave the Christie Library building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse: the plan connected this on the east with the Whitworth Hall.

Samuel Stretton

Samuel Stretton (1731 –11 May 1811) was a builder and architect in Nottingham who is noted for building the first powered cotton mill.

Sempronius Stretton

Colonel Sempronius Stretton (1781–1842) was a British Army officer who served in numerous campaigns including the Battle of Waterloo. He is also known for his sketches that recorded early Canadian life.

Stephenson College, Coalville

Stephenson College Coalville is a further and higher education college in Coalville, Leicestershire.

Stephenson College offers a variety of courses that include child care, motor vehicle, health & social care, hair & beauty, engineering, brick work, wood work, plumbing, higher education and more. The facilities are modern, high-tech and spacious, the workshops are all of industry standard.Part of the college's main campus is used by the Stephenson Studio School.The college's main campus is located in Coalville, in the North West of Leicestershire and is accessible via Junction 22 on the M1 motorway. The college also has a campus in Lenton, Nottingham.

Tony Siddons

Anthony Siddons (29 December 1941 – 6 April 2005) was an English cricketer. Siddons was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm off break. He was born at Lenton, Nottinghamshire.

Siddons made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against Somerset at the County Ground, Taunton, in the 1959 County Championship. He made four first-class appearances for the county, the last of which came against Warwickshire at the Courtaulds Ground, Coventry, the 1960 County Championship. In his five first-class appearances, he took 8 wickets at an average of 33.25, with best figures of 4/37. With the bat, he scored 36 runs at a batting average of 7.20, with a high score of 8.He died at the place of his birth, on 2 April 2005.

Walter Dudley (footballer)

Walter William Dudley (born 1882, date of death unknown) was an English professional footballer who played as a full-back in the Football League for Nottingham Forest.Born in Rotherham and living in Lenton, Dudley spent 14 years at Nottingham Forest, first joining the club in 1900. He played in both full-back positions, often partnering Charlie Craig. In 1905, he travelled with Forest on their tour of Argentina and Uruguay. He made 299 competitive appearances for the club, including 278 Football League appearances between 1902 and 1914, and also played in 13 friendly matches.After leaving Forest in 1914, Dudley played the following season at Mansfield Mechanics and Doncaster Rovers.During World War I, Dudley served with the Royal Garrison Artillery, seeing action at Vimy Ridge, Messines, Ypres and Passchendaele. He was awarded the Military Medal in 1918.

William Henson (cricketer)

William Walker Henson (7 December 1872 – 7 September 1922) was an English first-class cricketer active 1897–98 who played for Nottinghamshire. He was born in Lenton, Nottinghamshire; died in Dumfries.

William Stretton

William Stretton (April 1755 - 12 March 1828) was a builder and architect based in Nottingham.

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