Visit Calverton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Calverton, Nottinghamshire. Famous as the probable birthplace of the inventor of the stocking-frame, an Elizabethan parson called William Lee. It was due to Lee's invention that the hosiery industry flourishes today, though he made no money out of it and it was eventually developed in France. This frame, the most amazingly complete invention ever to be devised in a single operation, was the first machine to produce a looped or knitted fabric and was the beginning of the great hosiery and lace-making factories which abound in Nottinghamshire today. The more romantic story about the invention was that Lee nearly 400 years ago was courting a lady who infuriated him by continuing to knit while he paid his addresses. In exasperation he gave up the care of his parish to invent the knitting machine, taking it to Queen Elizabeth, who refused to grant him a patent because it only made wool stockings. Lee then made another frame to produce silk stockings, but the Queen again refused a patent in case it threw the hand-knitters out of work. There are still hand-knitters in the cottages of Calverton today, recognizable by the wide windows where globes of water hang to catch the light.
The Church of St Wilfrid has seven Norman stones carved into the belfry illustrating the “occupations of months”.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Annesley, Arnold, Bilsthorpe, Bingham, Blidworth, Bramcote, Bulwell, Burton Joyce, Chilwell, Colwick, East Bridgford, Edingley, Farnsfield, Fiskerton, Gedling, Halloughton, Hockerton, Holme Pierrepont, Hoveringham, Hucknall, Hucknall Torkard, Kirkby in Ashfield, Kirklington, Kneeton, Lambley, Linby, Lowdham, Mansfield, Newstead, Nottingham, Oxton, Papplewick, Radcliffe on Trent, Rainworth, Saxondale, Scarrington, Shelford, Sneinton, Southwell, Thurgarton, Watnall Cantelupe, Watnall Chaworth, Woodborough
Have you decided to visit Calverton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Calverton bed and breakfast (a Calverton B&B or Calverton b and b)
- a Calverton guesthouse
- a Calverton hotel (or motel)
- a Calverton self-catering establishment, or
- other Calverton accommodation