Top Cross, Linby
Linby is a small village and parish in the Broxtow wapentake of Nottinghamshire. The nearest town is Hucknall which is immediately to the south-west. The village grew up around the mills on the River Leen, from which Linby's name is derived. Small streams known as Linby Docks run on both sides of the main street. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 232.
In the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870–72) John Marius Wilson described Linby:
LINBY, or LINDEBY, a village and a parish in Basford district, Notts. The village stands adjacent to the Nottingham and Mansfield railway, near the river Leen, 9¼ miles N by W of Nottingham; has a station on the railway, and a post office under Nottingham; and has Likewise two ancient crosses, which were supposed to mark an entrance-boundary of Sherwood forest.—The parish comprises 1,190 acres. Real property, £2,147; of which £25 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 310; in 1861, 257. Houses, 53. The property is not divided. The manor belongs to A. F. W. Montagu, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £280. I Patron, A. F. W. Montagu, Esq. The church was re.cently restored, has a tower, and contains monuments of the Chaworths.
The church of St Michael is much restored, but dates back to the 13th century. There are two crosses in the village – Top Cross, was originally mediæval and Bottom Cross probably erected around 1660 to celebrate the restoration of King Charles II.
A local legend claims that the Pancake was invented by the women of the village, to celebrate the defeat of Danish invaders who had enslaved them.
Linby won the Best Kept Village in Nottinghamshire Award in 1997.
Three railway lines once passed through Linby, with stations on two of them. The first was the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS) line from Nottingham to Mansfield and Worksop, closed to passengers on 12 October 1964 though partly retained as a freight route serving collieries at Annesley. In the 1990s this line was reopened to passengers in stages, the section through Linby in 1993, but Linby station did not reopen with it.
The second line was the Great Northern Railway (later part of the LNER) route serving many of the same places as the Midland. It closed to passengers on 14 September 1931 but remained in use for freight until 25 March 1968. The Linby station on this line had closed long before, on 1 July 1916.
The third line was the Great Central Railway (also later part of the LNER), the last main line ever built from the north to London, opened on 15 March 1899. The stretch through Linby (which crossed over both the other lines), closed completely on 5 September 1966, but there had never been a Linby station on this line.
The town has a football team called Linby Colliery Football Club.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11125608&c=linby&d=16&e=62&g=6457086&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1460453987790&enc=1. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "A Vision of Britain Through Time: Linby". GB Historical GIS/University of Portsmouth. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/7525. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
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