How well do you know your village and surrounding area?
On this page we hope to awaken your interest in Blidworth and district. We will be adding more little snippits of history, so please bookmark this page and discover your village.
Blidworth can rightfully claim to be the founder of the
Co-operative Movement in Great Britain. This was originally thought to
be at Fenwick East Ayrshire in 1769, but a rule book dated January 3rd
1767 still exists showing the formation of a Society at Blidworth. This
rule book was printed by the offices of J Linney, Mansfield and records
the subscriptions of members. Photographs of this book appear in our
recent publication "Blidworth and the First World War"
The discovery of many roman artefacts means Blidworth may have been a Roman settlement.
Blidworth was an Anglo-Saxonvillage dating back to 475 – 525 AD. In our Church St. Mary of the Purification is a stained glass window that depicts St. Anne teaching the the Virgin to read what the prophets had written. This window has an exact replica in Cologne Cathedral.
Blidworth was once a gated community. It's believed that the first house after the cottages at the bottom of Main Street was the 'gate house'.
memory of all the Blidworth servicemen and women who perished during W.W.1 and
to commemorate 100 years of their passing, the bells of St. Mary of the
Purification are rung on the nearest Sunday following the actual date of their
death. This initiative began in 2014 and will continue after 2018 to include
those who died of their wounds following their return home to Blidworth.
37 men from Blidworth (3.5% of the population at the time) either died or were missing in action during the First World War.
In 1803 Napoleon's army gathered at Boulogne-sur-Mer to prepare for an invasion of Great Britain. Blidworth residents were to told to assemble at Fountaindale for instructions if the invasion happened.
In 1675 clay for 3 million bricks was dug for in Blidworth. The first house to be built was that of Thomas Frost in Pogson’s Yard. “TF 1676” can be seen in the house gable.
1834 saw the first roundhouse built, to be used as a lock-up, in place of the dilapidated village stocks.
Opposite the church stood the New Inn, previously named The Crispin Arms Beer House and prior to that called The Blue Ball.
The Plough Play is still performed annually in January at The Fox & Hounds Blidworth Bottom.
It is recorded that during The Napoleonic Wars, the Black Bull Inn square was used every morning for one hour for farmers to drill their labourers.
During the reign of King Henry V111 in 1538, the parish register had to be updated every Sunday. A penalty fine of 3s.4d had to be paid for failure to do so.
The Blidworth stocking frame knitters rented their frames for £3.00 per year. They had to put in 14-16 hours a day to survive. In 1844 there were 93 stocking frames in Blidworth.
Gas arrived in Blidworth in 1920; sewage pipes laid in 1929. In 1903 school inspectors reported that diphtheria was in the school.
The Fox & Hounds Beer House was originally opposite Beck Lane and doubled as a nail-makers shop.