Superficially, Ruddington appears an unremarkable village, having much in common with the other large settlements in south Nottinghamshire. However, scratch beneath the surface and you discover Ruddington’s individual character – a product of its topography, squirearchy, industry and its individual inhabitants.
The emergence of the framework knitting industry, the descent into penury of Sir Thomas Parkyns and the emergence of the American plutocrat Philo Laos Mills all saw Ruddington transformed in the 19th century from sleepy agricultural community into a thriving centre of commerce and industry.
This section of the website brings together a collection of short stories and tales about interesting people and places in Ruddington. Most of the information has been researched and written by residents. If you have a story of your own that you’d like to share, please send us your copy by post or email (400 to 1,500 words) and we’ll consider it for publication on the website and/or in the Village Newsletter.
Interested in local history?
If you’d like to know more about Ruddington’s history, why not go along to a meeting of our Local History & Amenity Society? Find out more at our Clubs & Societies page.
DISCLAIMER: Ruddington Parish Council cannot accept any responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions on this website. The articles in this section are printed purely for local interest and are not guaranteed as being factual or accurate.