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St Mary's Church, Arnold
Grid reference: SK590450
Location: 53°0’7"N, 1°7’48"W
Population: 37,768  (2011)
Post town: Nottingham
Postcode: NG5
Dialling code: 0115
Local Government
Council: Gedling

Arnold is a Nottinghamshire market town at the north-eastern edge of the urban spread of Nottingham, such that it is becoming a suburb of the city.

Since 1968 Arnold has had a market, and the town used to have numerous factories associated with the hosiery industry. At the time of the 2011 Census, Arnold had a population of 37,768.


Arnold was referred to as Ernehale in the Domesday Book of 1068, which seems to be form an Old English original Earnan halh meaning ‘place of eagles’ or ‘the valley of eagles’.[1][2]

‘A History of Arnold’ (1913) by Rev Rupert W King and Rev James Russell explains the etymology of Arnold’s name thus:

'Heron-hald', meaning the corner of the forest where Herons (large birds) live. Which becomes over the centuries since 500 A.D. by 'lazy' pronunciation, Eron-ald, thence Ern-old and Arn-old.

Arnold is not a place of eagles nor ever has been: there are no cliffs nor rocky outcrops here, albeit that the fish-eating white-tailed eagle might once have caught fish in the River Trent four miles off and maybe roosted in the forest.

The latter element of the name, the Old English halh, describes Arnold's position surrounded by a circular ridge from the northwest around to the southeast and raised ground to the west. This bowl-like topography may be the 'halh' or 'Haugh'.


The parish church is St Mary's, which is believed to date from 1176.[3] It stands on Church Lane and is a Grade II* listed building.[4]

  • Church of England:
    • St Mary's Church, Arnold
    • St Paul's Church, Daybrook (built in 1895 and consecrated in 1896)
  • Baptist:
    • Cross Street Baptist Church, Arnold, opened in 1909
    • Daybrook Baptist Church, built in 1912
  • Independent / evangelical: The King’s Church, on Shirley Drive
  • Methodist: Arnold Methodist
  • Roman Catholic: Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1964


Framework knitting industry

Arnold was a centre of the framework knitting industry in the 19th century. It was the site of the first framebreaking incidents of the Luddite riots, on 11 March 1811, when 63 frames were smashed.[5][6] The Luddite riots were a workers’ response to decreasing pay, standard of living and conditions of employment in the industry as a result of changing fashions decreasing demand for their style of hosiery.


1968 saw the opening of Arnold Market in the town centre. Market days are on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a flea market being held on Wednesdays.[7] Being a private market, it is not run by Gedling Borough Council.[8]


Arnold once had a railway station known as ‘Daybrook and Arnold’ or simply ‘Daybrook railway station’. It was closed along with the rest of the line on 4 April 1960. The station was located on Mansfield Road (the A60) on what is now a retail park. There is still evidence of the line in the form of remnants of the embankments on Arnot Hill Park (just behind the B&Q). The Line was the Great Northern Main Line later nicknamed ‘the back route’, with trains to Gedling and Netherfield with the terminus being Nottingham Victoria. Just after those embankments a later built railway—the Nottingham Suburban Railway—joined it and ran over Thackerays Lane on a bridge on its way to Woodthorpe Park and beyond.[9]


The town has a King George V Playing Field, known as King George V Park. This was a late addition to the King George's Fields: in 1950 the Home Brewery Company Ltd gave the land for the King George V Park, which is thus dedicated as a permanent memorial to King George V and guaranteed for free public access in perpetuity for recreation. In 2005 the Charity Commission investigated restricted public access to the park which resulted in free public access (and moved Arnold Town FC off the field).


1877 boundary mark, marking the Nottingham–Arnold civil boundary[10]  
Front Street  
Front Street, Christmas Eve  
34 High Street, Arnold (the town's oldest house[11]  
Arnold Fire Station  
The Lord Nelson, now a café  
The Major Oak, on the junction of Rolleston Drive and Brook Street  
The junction of Nottingham Road with Mansfield Road  
St Paul’s Church in Daybrook  
Oxclose Lane Police Station  
Daybrook Almshouses on Mansfield Road  

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  1. "The Domesday Book Online - Nottinghamshire A-E". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. Civic Heraldry of England and Wales - Nottinghamshire (Obsolete)
  3. St Mary’s Church, Arnold
  4. National Heritage List 1235987: Church of St Mary, Arnold
  5. Beckett, John. "Luddites". Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  6. "Knitting Together". Knitting Together. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  7. "Traders face pitch battle to stop the market trade from stalling". Nottingham Post (Local World). 11 March 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  8. "Markets". Gedling Borough Council. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  9. Swain, Simon (2010). "Nottingham Suburban Railway". Forgotten Relics. Four by Three. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  10. National Heritage List 1270396: Boundary mark on island at junction with Woodthorpe Drive
  11. National Heritage List 1227482: 34 High Street