Help us to rediscover treasures in ... Bathley


If you older motorists think Muskham Lane and Norwell Lane are not as wide as they used to be, spare a thought

for the main route out of Bathley a couple of centuries ago. Fillingate Road and Shackley Dike Road took

villagers from Bathley – and from further up the Debdale and Caunton Hills – to the Great North Road, whence the

world was their oyster. And the beauty of it is that it’s still there. Fillingate Road is now the bridle way

that runs from the south end of Hopyard Lane to Moor Lane (which, in turn, used to be called Shackley Dike

Road). Have you, like one or two members of the Muskham Vale Heritage Group, ever wondered what kind of

community used to live alongside those roads? What happened (such as changes in water levels) to make them

disappear? Are you intrigued enough to help us find out more about the area – either by answering the questions

for us or helping us find the answers?


And where was Bathley’s Chapel of Ease? Not the Methodist Chapel that is currently being converted into a house

but the Church of England building that was erected so that the God-fearing folk of Barlow (as Bathley was

called centuries ago) could pray when they were too busy farming to walk or ride to North Muskham or when the

roads were blocked by snow or floods. If you know where it was, please let us know! If you don’t know but would

like to find out, come and help us with the research!!


In addition, if you have a question about Bathley’s past that you’d like us to help answer, get in touch. The

Muskham Vale Heritage Group Committee members are anxious to receive suggestions as to how we can encourage more

people to value the qualities of our environment, generate more community spirit and enhance the area.

If you can assist MVHG with local research or would like more details about the group, then please telephone the dedicated MVHG line on 01636 640200 or email: