Experience the most spectacular, preserved water Pumping Station in the British Isles.
The pumping station was built in 1881-1885 to pump drinking water from the Bunter sandstone, for the city of Nottingham. The Victorian buildings, boilers, and beam engine have been preserved. The splendid painted cast iron fittings and stained glass of the main hall are much admired. The building is set in landscaped grounds with ponds and fountains. which are a grade 1 listed feature. There are regular steaming events throughout the year, wedding ceremonies and education visits enabling the Trust to continue the essential preservation of this important site for future generations.Link to external site
Visit our Local Nature Reserve for recreation and exercise.
Moor Pond Woods is an area of woodland close to the village, accessible with a network of paths though the area. The woods are important for their varied habitats, supporting many diverse species of wildlife. The woods also contain the archaeological remains of the water system constructed to support cotton mills in the 18th century, some of which have been conserved. Interpretation panels have been erected to provide information about features of interest. The woodland is managed by the Friends of Moor Pond Woods in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, and there are opportunities for volunteering.Link to external site
A glimpse into the past.
Some extracts from the England and Wales census, showing the changes in population over the last 200 years or so.Find out more
From 1778 until 1830 Papplewick was an important centre for producing cotton thread.Find out more
The Montagu family controlled Papplewick for more than 250 years until the estate was sold in the 1920s.Find out more
Some extracts describing the activities of those living in Victorian Papplewick.Find out more
This section has more information about the climate and scenery of the parish
In this section we consider the relief, geology, and climate of Papplewick parish.Find out more
In recent years the parish has been shaken by minor earthquakes.Find out more
The core of the village is recognised and protected as a conservation area.Find out more
This section has different views of Papplewick taken through the years.
Papplewick Grange was the mansion built by the cotton mill owners, now demolished.Find out more
Castle Mill was once a cotton mill, and later used for grinding cornFind out more