Hucknall: The Nottinghamshire market town where Lord Byron is buried

St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall
St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall | Hucknall Parish Church
The market town has a history dating back nearly 1,000 years

The more we learn about Nottinghamshire, the more we love it.

Our county has a rich history embedded in industry, literature, and folklore.

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On every corner of Nottingham, you will find subtle nods to our ancient past - and that extends beyond just the city.

The ancient town of Hucknall is one of the finest examples of how our county’s history lives on today.

Located around seven miles from the city centre, Hucknall has a history dating back at least 950 years, when it was recorded in the 1066 Domesday book.

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Records of the then-village, are few and far between until the 18th century, when Hucknall gradually developed into a small town, achieving considerable prosperity as the framework knitting trade began to blossom there.

But in the first half of the 19th century, depression struck the textile trade and unemployment skyrocketed. During the 1860s, the arrival of the coal mining industry in Hucknall brought massive employment opportunities for the town's displaced workers.

Rows of new houses were constructed, and from 1861-1891 the population quadrupled, while the town’s prosperity increased.

Perhaps one of the town’s most impressive claims to fame is its links to the Byron family, who were once the town’s predominant landowners and resided in the nearby Newstead Abbey.

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Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace are buried in Hucknall Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace are buried in Hucknall
Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace are buried in Hucknall | Submitted / Harron Homes

The family is buried in their vault at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Hucknall, which is frequently visited by literary-loving tourists.

Romantic poet, Lord Byron, who died in the Greek War of Independence is laid to rest there, alongside his daughter Ada Lovelace, who is renowned as the world’s first computer programmer.

Hucknall was also the childhood home of English champion boxer Ben Caunt, who is also buried in the churchyard.

Today, Hucknall stands as a popular place to live near Nottingham. It has good access to the city centre and plenty of amenities including shops, pubs and a market.

The average house price in Hucknall is £224,797 according to Rightmove.

*Information provided by Harron Homes.

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