2011 Heavy Industry

Hucknall became a colliery town in 1861. The Hucknall Colliery Company sank two shafts: Hucknall No.1 (“Top Pit”, off Watnall Road) in 1861, Hucknall No.2 (“Bottom Pit”, off Portland Road) in 1866. No.1 closed by 1943, and No.2 in 1986.

In 1927, Rolls-Royce began using Hucknall airfield for flight tests. In the mid-1950s, the company in Hucknall developed the first vertical take-off jet test-rig, nicknamed the “Flying Bedstead”. Modern jet engine components are still manufactured at the site.

David Heathcote


Map of the area

What is Domesday?

In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part…  read more here

In 2011 the BBC published the survey online and for six months invited updates to the photographs and text to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Shortly afterwards the website was added to The National Archives’ UK Government Web Archive.

If you are reading this via UK Government Web Archive, then the original Domesday search function and contact form will not work. This is a consequence of the archiving process. See Using Domesday for more details.