Strelley Hall, Nottingham
Strelley Hall, Nottingham is a magnificent Georgian mansion in a rural setting, yet only approximately four miles north west of Nottingham city centre, and with easy access to excellent transport links.
Strelley Hall has an interesting history, dating back to Saxon times. Most of the original Strelley Hall fell down and was not repaired during Tudor times. During an archaeological dig in 2006/7 it became apparent from the layers of waste that there was probably a major fire at the end of the medieval period. The hall originally belong the the Strelley family, but they lost it after one family member, Nicholas Strelley, suffered gambling losses.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Strelley was one of the first areas in the UK to be exploited for coal. There are the remnants of many bell pits all around the village. The volume of coal extracted and the difficulty of getting it to a suitable location for transport (i.e. the river Trent) demanded a better transport system than horses and carts. So the world’s first railway, for horse-drawn carts, was built between Strelley and Wollaton, at the beginning of the 17th century.
Today, Strelley Hall is used for weddings, events, offices, room hire, business incubators, etc.