Colston Bassett

Colston Bassett is an English village in the Vale of Belvoir, in the Rushcliffe district of south-east Nottinghamshire, close to its border with Leicestershire. Lying by the River Smite, it had a population in 2001 of 225, including Wiverton Hall. This increased to 399 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Colston Bassett
St John's Church, Colston Bassett
Colston Bassett is located in Nottinghamshire
Colston Bassett
Colston Bassett
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population399 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG12
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°53′35″N 0°57′40″W / 52.893°N 0.961°W / 52.893; -0.961

Place nameEdit

The name, first recorded in the Domesday Book as Coletone, is from the Old Norse personal name Kolr (genitive Kols), and the Old English tūn "farm or village", and so means "Kolr's farm or village". or Cole meaning Coal/Cole and Stone. The suffix Bassett is from the holder of the estate in the 12th century, Ralph Bassett, a judge appointed by Henry I.[2]


The village dairy, which opened in 1913, is one of only five that are permitted to name their blue cheese Stilton cheese. It also manufactures smaller quantities of White Stilton and Shropshire Blue.

Colston Bassett contains an old market cross, a ruined church of St Mary, Colston Bassett Preparatory School for children between 4–11 years, a pub, the Martins Arms, a riding school, and animal boarding kennels.

The parish church is St John's Church, Colston Bassett.


Colston Bassett has weekday, daytime bus services to Radcliffe on Trent and Nottingham.[3] The nearest railway stations are at Radcliffe (4.1 miles, 6.6 km) and Bingham (5.7 miles, 9 km), with daily services to and beyond Nottingham and Grantham.

The A46 trunk road between Leicester and Newark on Trent passes 1.9 miles (3 km) to the west of the village, and the A52 between Nottingham and Grantham 5.6 miles (9 km) to the north. The M1 motorway between London and Leeds can be reached at Junction 25 (24 miles, 39 km).


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Colston Bassett", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557
  3. ^ Parish Council site. Retrieved 26 July 2020.

External linksEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Colston Bassett at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°53′35″N 0°57′40″W / 52.893°N 0.961°W / 52.893; -0.961