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Wollaton is a suburb and former parish in the western part of Nottingham, England. Wollaton has two Wards in the City of Nottingham (Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey and Wollaton West) with a total population as at the 2011 census of 24,693. It is home to Wollaton Hall with its museum, deer park, lake, walks and golf course.
The centre of Wollaton village, the original heart of the suburb, has remained relatively unchanged over the past few hundred years and is dominated by the Admiral Rodney public house and the Anglican church of St Leonard dating back to the 13th century. It also features historic cottages, an Elizabethan dovecote and a water pump. The village was incorporated into the City of Nottingham in 1933, with urban development starting shortly afterwards. Most areas of the former parish were built-up by the end of the 1960s.
Wollaton proper is entirely situated in the City of Nottingham, although a small part of the Broxtowe borough may be referred to as Wollaton by local people. Other areas of the Nottingham which were not in the original parish of Wollaton may also be described as Wollaton, notably those parts of the former parish of Radford known historically as Radford Woodhouses, and the part of Wollaton Park which was used for housing (usually called the Wollaton Park Estate) which was primarily in the former parish of Lenton.
Wollaton itself stretches across a large area, from Torvill Drive and Russell Drive near the Bilborough area in the north, down to Bramcote Lane, Woodbank Drive and Appledore Avenue in the south, stretching as far south as the woodland now called 'Bramcote Ridge'. West to east it stretches from Trowell Moor and Balloon Woods on the west, across to Sutton Passey's Crescent and the former gatehouse to Wollaton Park, Lenton Lodge on Derby Road in the east.
The current city ward boundaries divide Wollaton into Wollaton West, and Wollaton East with Lenton Abbey.
It is considered one of the most desirable parts of the city in which to live, with relatively high house prices. This is largely due to the good quality schools (although getting a place is troublesome), traditional public houses and good access to the M1 via the A52 to the South and the A610 to the North.
As a tribute to two of Nottingham's favourite sporting stars, Wollaton is home to the Torvill and Dean estate, on the former site of Wollaton Colliery and Canal. Road names include Torvill Drive, Jayne Close, Bolero Close (named after their Gold medal winning performance song, Boléro), and Crawford Close (named after Michael Crawford who assisted Torvill and Dean in developing their winning dance). Another famous Nottingham sportman, swimmer Tom Blower, also has his name adopted by a street in Wollaton (although he came from Hyson Green)
The local Middleton Primary and Nursery School along with Fernwood Juniors', Fernwood Infants' and The Fernwood School  are some of the best performing schools within Nottingham City and even the UK. The three Fernwood schools are the a family of academies all within close proximity. The nearest sixth form college for post-16 education is Bilborough College in Bilborough. Also in and around Wollaton are Southwold Primary School and Firbeck Academy, a school for the deaf and aurally impaired.
The edge of Wollaton is also home to the Martin's Pond Local Nature Reserve which is jointly maintained by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The lake is maintained by Wollaton Piscatorial Club which provides a haven for plant and animal life and a wide variety of course fishing (including some rarer species).
The area is also home to Wollaton Library which a few years ago underwent a £250,000 refurbishment to form a new children's library and extend meeting facilities, the works were carried out by Nottingham city council and completed by local contractor GPS Construction (Nottingham) ltd
Wollaton Park has also been host to many large events and concerts, including the once annual City in the Park events which ran during the 1990s and featured popular pop acts of the time such as Peter Andre, Five, Gina G and The Bangles. A new festival, Splendour in Nottingham, was relaunched in 2008 and is slowly developing into a popular festival, with large names such as Calvin Harris and The Pet Shop Boys performing there in 2010, and Dizzee Rascal in 2012. The park also hosts the city's annual War Veterans Memorial Weekend, being one of the largest memorial events outside London and including fly-overs by wartime aircraft. Also, the park hosts other major annual events such as cross-county running championships, dog shows, steam shows and the annual Nottingham Motor Show. The Park is also where the sledgers of Nottingham descend whenever there is snowfall, taking advantage of the park's large hill.
Wollaton is also noted for the existence of one of the earliest recorded railway lines in the world, the Wollaton Wagonway. The wagonway ran between nearby Strelley and Wollaton. Horse-drawn coal wagons travelled to their destination on wooden railway lines.
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There are five churches in Wollaton:
- St. Leonard's Parish Church
- St. Mary's Church
- Grangewood Methodist Church
- St. Thomas More's Roman Catholic Church
- Kingswood Methodist Church
The churches jointly publish a monthly magazine called Link.
Commerce and IndustryEdit
Employment today is primarily in the service, university and public sectors, with many of the local residents commuting to work in the Nottingham and Derby area.
Coal has always been an important presence in the suburb and revenue from Wollaton Colliery was a major source of income to the Willoughby family, who built and owned Wollaton Hall up until the 20th century. The colliery closed after in 1965.
The suburb's main shopping area is located along Bramcote Lane about a kilometre west of the historic centre. Most of the businesses are local family-run shops, although recently both small co-op and Sainbury's stores have opened. Also in Wollaton are a small cluster of shops at the Crown Island (a major roundabout nearer the Nottingham city centre) which includes a post office, florist and Pizza Hut delivery.
Sport and recreationEdit
Wollaton Hall and Bramcote Football Club (founded 1984) is a FA Charter Standard Club with the aim of providing a safe and supportive environment where boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 can enjoy playing football. Formerly based at Wollaton Park, the club is now based at Highfields Park. Some of WH&BFC teams play their home games at nearby Moor Lane,Bramcote. Most teams train at Fernwood Comprehensive School. The club currently has over 300 registered players and teams compete in the Notts Ladies & Girls League, the Young Elizabethan League, Notts Youth League and Derby City League.
Wollaton FC were formed in 1954 and play at Wollaton Sports Association Ground sharing the ground with Wollaton Cricket Club. The Club is sited on land that was sold to the village for sports and recreational activities by the Middleton family just after the 2nd World War. The Club Badge depicts the Elizabethan architecture of Wollaton Hall. Originally in the Midland Amateur Alliance, Wollaton joined the Notts Alliance in 1990. The club enjoyed a long and successful spell in the MAA and the 3rd and 4th teams still play in that League. Season 2004/5 saw Wollaton become one of the founder members of the Notts Senior League.
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