Bestwood - an Introduction

Photo:Bestwood Lodge in 1878

Bestwood Lodge in 1878

Some descriptions of the village from early county histories and guide books

"Bestwood was once one of the most primeval parts of Sherwood Forest, but all this has been altered.

"Edward III emparked this part of his royal forest and built a hunting lodge here, which he granted to Richard de Strelley for his lifetime.....

"Charles II gave it to his natural son by Nell Gwynne, Henry Beauclerk, whom he created Duke of St.Albans.  It has never since left to possession of this family..."

From GUILFORD, Everard L Nottinghamshire (London: Methuen, 1910, p.56)


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