Published privately in 1987, 86 pages. A4 size booklet (A26KWSO)
From the introduction: This book results from the initiative of the Cotgrave Local History Society in requesting the South Notts W.E.A. to organise a course on sources for local history in Cotgrave. The resulting class ran for three sessions between January 1984 and April 1986 at the Library.
The source material studied proved of such interest that the class agreed early on to work towards publishing a history of the village. We decided to focus mainly on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Sources for earlier centuries, many of them in Latin, are not readily available locally; and there is so much material relating to Cotgrave in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that we felt it best to leave this for future study.
We would emphasise that this book is by no means an exhaustive history of Cotgrave. We have inevitably concentrated on areas where source material could be made available for group study in Cotgrave, only a few of our members being free to work at the University Manuscripts Department or the Nottinghamshire Record Office. Many other aspects of Cotgrave's history await investigation. The contents include:
CHAPTER 1, FROM EARLY TIMES TO THE PRESENT - OUTLINE HISTORY:
The name; traces of the Danes; Domesday Book; monastic ownership; the two manors; the Manor Court of St John of Jerusalem; catholics and protestants; methodists Asylum at Lodge-on-the-Wolds; framework knitters; the canal; the colliery.
CHAPTER 2, PLAGUE AND POPULATION:
The plague of 1637 and its consequences; later population growth and figures.
CHAPTER 3, THE END OF THE COMMON FIELDS OF COTGRAVE:
The old farming system; the Pierrepont family, Lords of the Manor; tithes; new farms; rent rises; William Sanday, estate agent; the enclosure act and its consequences, agricultural accidents.
CHAPTER 4, GLIMPSES OF EVERYDAY LIFE FROM WILLS AND INVENTORIES
CHAPTER 5, THE CHURCH:
The building; 16th and 17th Century Rectors; rectory buildings; tithes; church furnishings; charities including the school.
CHAPTER 6, BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE:
Building materials; houses on the waste; bear pit and workhouse; No.12 Main Road, the Copleys and Parrs; Whitelands Farm, the Baggaleys and Morrises; mills, milllers and Priory Manor House.
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs, light colour fading along some edges, and creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.