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Attenborough is a village in the Borough of Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, England. It forms part of the Greater Nottingham area, and is 4+1⁄2 miles (7.2 km) to the southwest of the city of Nottingham, between Long Eaton (to the southwest) and Beeston (to the northeast). It adjoins the suburbs of Toton to the west and Chilwell to the north. The population of the ward, as at the 2011 Census, was 2,328.[1]

The village is home to Attenborough railway station and the Attenborough Nature Reserve.[2]


Attenborough Nature Reserve is a series of gravel pits, which were flooded after gravel extraction and are now a haven for birds and other wildlife.

The main commercial centre of Attenborough is around the junction of Nottingham Road (the A6005) and Attenborough Lane.

Nearer to the nature reserve is a tennis club, along with a private day-nursery,[3] which, in 2005, along with the Attenborough Prep School, was bought by Robert Everist, who then sold the nursery and closed the 100-year-old school. In media coverage, it was claimed that Everist's company had pressured employees into handing in their notice a week before closing the company.[4] The Attenborough Cricket Club (which doubles as the village green) and St. Mary's Church (a Church of England parish church).[5] This southeastern part of Attenborough is bounded to the northwest by the railway line and on the other three sides by the wetlands of the nature reserve. It is the historic part of the village, with two listed buildings and the listed church itself.[6]

In 1944, a plot of land was given on Attenborough Lane by Mr E.V. Brown and Mr J.M. Barnett for a village hall, but it was not until 1955 when funds permitted that construction began. The building was designed by Lionel Thraves of Messrs. Thraves and Son of Nottingham and built by the contractor A.H. Taylor (Nottingham) Ltd. It was named the Lucy Brown Village Hall in memory of the late wife of Mr. E.V. Brown.[7] The cost of construction was £8,200 (equivalent to £206,200 in 2019).[8] The opening on 15 September 1956 was attended by Mr. V.H. Oade (vice-chairman of Beeston and Stapleford Council) and Martin Redmayne, Baron Redmayne (M.P. for Rushcliffe).[9]

In 1966 a hoard of Roman coins were found on the footpath that runs over the railway and onto Barrett Lane.[10]

Conservation areas[edit]

There are two conservation areas which Broxtowe Borough Council has designated in Attenborough. These are Attenborough Village and Attenborough Barratt Lane.[11]

Attenborough Village Conservation Area[edit]

The conservation are comprises Church Lane, the north side of Shady Lane as far as Field House, The Strand and Sportsground and Attenborough Lane to its junction with Allendale Avenue.[12] The conservation area was established in June 1977.[13] Notable buildings include:

Cloud House, Attenborough Lane

The Orchards, Church Lane

Thatched Cottage, Church Lane

Attenborough Barratt Lane Conservation Area[edit]

The conservation area comprises the major part of Barratt Lane from number 23 to Attenborough Lane, Attenborough Lane from the level crossing to house number 201, and 1, 2 and 3 Long Lane.[17] The conservation area was established in November 1980.[13] The first nine houses were built at the end of the nineteenth century along the south side of Barratt Lane and had their fronts facing the railway rather than the lane, offering fine views towards the church and the River Trent beyond. Notable buildings include:

Flood defences[edit]

The village was flooded in November 2000. In 2006, plans were drawn up for substantial flood defences for the village. However, the scheme proved controversial because of the impact of a proposed high flood wall along The Strand. After a series of negotiations, planning permission was granted in August 2010, with the defences being moved to behind the village green. The work was completed in summer 2012.[20]

Attenborough Nature Centre

Local government and politics[edit]

Attenborough is an unparished area and has no parish council. For local government and electoral purposes, Attenborough is within one of the wards of Broxtowe Borough Council, 'Attenborough & Chilwell East' Ward, and returns one Borough Councillor. In the 2007 local elections, the Conservatives won the seat.[21] For elections to Nottinghamshire County Council the village is covered by the electoral division of Beeston South & Attenborough (consisting of the Beeston Central, Beeston Rylands and Attenborough wards). In 2009, the Conservative candidate won the division.[22]

For elections to Parliament, the village is part of the Broxtowe constituency for which the present Member for Parliament is Darren Henry, for the Conservatives.


Attenborough was known in Saxon times as Addensburgh. It was the home village of Henry Ireton (1611 - 26 November 1651), an English general in the army of Parliament during the English Civil War and son-in-law of Oliver Cromwell.[23]

In the graveyard of St Mary's Church, there is 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.[24][25]

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.[26]


Road transport is the primary method of transport in and out of the area which is connected to Nottingham by the A6005. East Midlands Airport is approximately 7+1⁄2 miles (12.1 km) away; the airport serves domestic and international routes, focused mainly within Europe.


Bus services operate to Nottingham, Derby, Beeston, Stapleford, Long Eaton and other local towns.

Trent Barton Indigo: Nottingham - QMC - University Boulevard - Beeston - Chilwell - Attenborough - Toton - Long Eaton - Spondon - Derby Skylink Nottingham: Nottingham - South Lenton - University Boulevard - South Beeston - Chilwell - Attenborough - Long Eaton - Sawley - East Midlands Airport - Loughborough/Coalville



An hourly service is provided throughout the day by East Midlands Railway Matlock to Nottingham service. Additional services run at peak times, including some operated by CrossCountry.


Beeston railway station is approximately 1+1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) away. It provides regular and direct connections to various locations across the United Kingdom.


The village has its own non league football club, Attenborough F.C. founded in 1947, who currently play in the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division at the Strand.[27]

Notable residents[edit]


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  3. ^ "Attenborough Day Nursery".
  4. ^ "Directory". Directory Blog. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Attenborough - History".
  6. ^ Beeston and District Civic Society Archived 12 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine Listed buildings
  7. ^ "Village Hall at Attenborough". Long Eaton Advertiser. England. 24 September 1955. Retrieved 12 April 2020 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  9. ^ "A New Centre of Village Life? M.P. and Council Vice-Chairman Present at Opening of Hall at Attenborough". Long Eaton Advertiser. England. 22 September 1956. Retrieved 12 April 2020 - via British Newspaper Archive.
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  11. ^ "Conservation areas". Broxtowe Borough Council. Broxtowe Borough Council. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  12. ^ Attenborough Village Conservation Area Character Appraisal (PDF) (Report). Broxtowe Borough Council. p. 12. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Arcadia Needs Keeping". Long Eaton Advertiser. England. 20 November 1980. Retrieved 12 April 2020 - via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane  (Grade I) (1263869)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Ireton House, Church Lane  (Grade II) (1247991)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Rose Cottage, 45, The Strand  (Grade II) (1263851)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  17. ^ Attenborough Barratt Lane Conservation Area Character Appraisal (PDF) (Report). Broxtowe Borough Council. p. 11. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  18. ^ "1780" (1937) [Building Plan Register]. District Council Records, File: DC/BS/4/2/2. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire Archives Office.
  19. ^ "1369" (1936) [Building Plan Register]. District Council Records, File: DC/BS/4/2/2. Nottingham: Nottinghamshire Archives Office.
  20. ^ Britton, Alexander (28 November 2012). "£45m flood defences used for first time to safeguard 175 homes across Notts". Nottingham Post. Local World. Retrieved 8 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ Broxtowe Borough Council Archived 31 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine Election results 2007-10 by ward
  22. ^ Nottinghamshire County Council Beeston South & Attenborough election result 2009
  23. ^ "Nottinghamshire history > Links with old Nottingham (1928): Attenborough: Ireton's House".
  24. ^ Maureen Rushton, Local Historian in her book "The canary girls of Chilwell: the story of No. 6 Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire"
  25. ^ Woollacott, Angela (1994). On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-0520085022.
  26. ^ Chapman, John (1774). Map of Nottinghamshire. ISBN 0-902751-46-8.
  27. ^ Paperblog: The Farewell Hop - Paperblog, accessdate: March 7, 2020
  28. ^ BBC Nottingham People - Sophia di Martino