|Cricket on The Green|
|Little white bull ... on The Green|
This village entrance sits beside Car Colston Hall Stud.
The stud is owned by Nick Foreman Hardy and his wife, Jane. The Foreman Hardy family owned the Nottingham Evening Post newspaper until a few years ago. They now run an investment house as well as breeding thoroughbred race horses. Reckless Abandon (a winner at Royal Ascot) was bred there. They appear to be doing rather well as they steadily move up the Sunday Times Rich List.
Car Colston Hall, a Grade II listed building, hides amongst mature trees but can be seen from the green. It was built in 1838 for the Rev John C Girardot MA, the village vicar. They obviously paid them well in those days!
|Car Colston Hall|
|Old Hall, Car Colston|
|Village on the Green|
Thoroton was a physician and a magistrate who dabbled in genealogy in his spare time. During a visit to Thrumpton, to see his friend Gervase Pigot and Sir William Dugdale, Thoroton was encouraged to complete a document outlining the history of Nottinghamshire which had been started by Gilbert Bohun (Thoroton's father in law).
'The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire' ("A work of great labour and erudition" according to The Thoroton Society) took ten years to complete in which he produced an accurate record of the landowners in each Nottinghamshire parish from the Domesday Book to his time ... 600 years ... researched without the aid of the internet! It was published in 1677 but he enjoyed the acclaim for only a few months ... he died in 1678.
He was well prepared for his own death having had a beautifully carved stone coffin made for himself six years earlier! He was buried in Car Colston churchyard.
|St Mary Church dates back to 13th century|
|A rural setting|
His elder brother, Henry Brunsell, was also well rewarded after the restoration. He married the sister of Sir Christopher Wren.
Between 1660 and 1664 Brunsell purchased some land in Car Colston from the Thorotons and a property from William Kirke. The house had previously belonged to Richard Kirke but he was a Roman Catholic and being caught up in the religious conflicts of the time he passed the deeds to his brother William (Richard later died in prison). Samuel built a beautiful H shaped house on the land but only a section of it remains today. There is a question mark over what happened to the rest of Richard Kirke's worldly wealth. Only the house was passed on ... did he bury his money and valuables in the garden hoping to return later? Rumour has it ......
Brunsell died in 1687 and was buried in Bingham Church. According to a Mr M. Blagg of the Thoroton Society (1902), "The members of the Brunsell family who continued to reside at Car-Colston led very scandalous lives and came to a bad end, and the property passed into the possession of my own ancestors, the Sampeys, in 1759.”
Sadly the Blagg brother's father and grandfather (both surgeons) had died early too. Their father drowned in the River Trent: their grandfather died after taking snuff without washing his hands after conducting a surgical procedure.
The Car Colston Blagg family are respected members of the village community. There are numerous memorials to family members in the church.
The church war memorial begins with the name of Capt. Philip Umfreville Laws MC who died in 1917. He was the eldest son of William (yet another surgeon) and Anne Laws who lived at The Old Rectory in Car Colston. The Nottingham Daily Guardian 25/9/1917 reported 'A fellow officer wrote: "He was up in front holding a concrete dugout with a few men he had managed to collect and was hit in the head... I have never seen any one more gallant."'
His Military Cross citation reads:' For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as Forward Observation officer. During the action and the five following days he sent in most valuable information as to the enemy's movements, whereby several counter-attacks were broken up before they could deploy. When the Forward Station Signalling Officer was wounded he also took charge of the signals, and kept up communication with the brigade, remaining at his post after the troops on his right had been forced to fall back. By his coolness, able leadership, and excellent reports he was largely instrumental in making the flank secure and clearing up the situation'.
A real war hero.
|White House on the Green|
|19thC whipping post|
The large wall in the photo belongs to Beech Close, a large Grade II listed country house set in beautiful grounds which dates back to 1719.
At the far side of Large Common is yet another interesting building. Manor Cottages has a 17th century wooden framed panel.
|Royal Oak public house|
Well, I'll get back to the cricket and my refreshing pint of Boon Dongle.
Car Colston map: click here.
We went for a pint down at the Royal Oak on 23rd July 2016 and the green was occupied by half-a-dozen vardos - traditional Gypsy bow-topped caravans. At least we think they are called vardos!
|Vardos on the Green at Car Colston, July 2016|
|Ready for a paint job. Presumably being renovated or new and waiting on the intricate paintwork.|
|Fantastic detail and intricate designs are a hallmark of these vans|
These things are not cheap. A quick search of the internet gave results for excellent vardos priced at £140.000 down to a more manageable £4.000. A few companies are offering them to rent...along with an 'oss for a relaxing, plodding, slow-paced, wandering holiday. Around a thousand pounds for the week.
|Refuelling the motor!|
|An idyllic scene.|
|T Brindley - Painter|
|A great deal of time and skill goes into the design of these vans.|